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Veerle De Meester holds a master’s degree in Conservation and started her career as a sculpture conservator at the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo. She joined the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) as an Exhibition Registrar in 2004 and became Exhibition Manager in 2014. As the KMSKA is currently closed due to a major renovation project quite an amount of her time goes out to the managing of the many extra muros and traveling exhibitions. Within the renovation project Veerle has been appointed to translate the needs of the Collection Department to the architect and the team at the construction site. Next to that she’s project manager for the new exhibition design and wayfinding.
Mike Devine, President, Gallagher Museum Services has over 20 years of financial and investment related experience with over 15 years of museum and cultural center consulting experience, including projects with some of the most well-respected cultural attractions across the country. He specializes in owner representation, consulting services with a focus on feasibility studies, business planning, implementation, cultural attraction complex consultation, and traveling exhibit management.
Prior to working with G&A, Mr. Devine established a family office for a Cleveland, Ohio based high net worth family, the Malrite Company. During his nine years at Malrite, Mr. Devine’s roles included establishment of the investment policy, family governance and direct oversight of the development, and operations of the family’s three cultural attraction operating entities. In each attraction, Mr. Devine developed and implemented the capital structure, financial development plan, operational pro-forma, site selection, space design, and construction with fabrication oversight. Each of the three operational Executive Directors reported to Mr. Devine. The three attractions included the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., the Maltz Jupiter Theater in Jupiter, Florida, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio.
Recently, Mr. Devine was the Owner’s Representative for the City of Las Vegas’s Mob Museum development in downtown Las Vegas, and he continues to sit on the Museum’s advisory board. Currently, he is leading the G&A team’s efforts for conceptual plans and feasibility studies for the U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, as well as several other projects in the feasibility study and conceptual planning stages.
Bülent Durmus is a museum expert and architect. From the opening to the present Bülent Durmus accompanies, develops and is responsible for the strategic planning and realization of the architectural ensemble. Within two decades new buildings, extensions, rebuildings and built-in components with various functionalities have arisen, most in an ongoing museum business. As a museum expert he focuses on the needs of the visitors and curators and at the requirements of the exhibitions and various other offerings. As an Architect he knows about the potential of the iconic architecture of Daniel Libeskind for developing a vision of a museum-area. He points out the role of the museum in the development of the neighborhood.
Roger Diener - In 1976, the Basel architect Roger Diener (born 1950) graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and joined the firm Marcus Diener Architect, the company his father had founded in Basel. This became the architecture office Diener & Diener in 1980. Today, Roger Diener has about 50 employees and offices in Basel and Berlin. He was a professor at the ETH Zurich (Studio Basel 1999-2015). Since 2013, Roger Diener is a member of the Swiss Federal Commission for the Preservation of Historic Monuments. Since 2014, Roger Diener is a member of the Berlin Baukollegium.
In 2002 the Académie d’Architecture in Paris honoured his work with the Grande Medaille d’Or and he was awarded the Prix Meret Oppenheim in 2009. In 2011, he received the Heinrich Tessenow medal.
Dick Drent is the Director and owner of Omnirisk and involved in many security related organizations and projects. Since 2014 he is affiliated as Associate Director with SoSecure International where he is responsible for advice and consultation in all protection- and security related issues within the cultural heritage sector. He is also responsible for the development of proactive security in this sector. This new scientific developed approach is based on reacting on deviant behaviour in relation to designated threats and risks at hand. This by using staff that is well educated and trained in the art of predictive profiling. This, very client friendly, security approach works very well together with the hospitality feeling, museums want to deliver to the visitor.
Using proactive security in this way will make it easier to interact with the creative wishes about aesthetics from the design- and architectural or constructional points of view.
Dick is an advisor for all security measures (Organizational, Constructional and Electronical) for various museums in Europe. For example momentarily he is involved in the development and building of the new Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga, Latvia. Here he’s advising the board about museum techniques , the project team about threats and risks and the architects (David Adjaye, London) on new aesthetic ways of museum security in this project. The museum will open on November 21, 2021.
In 2010, Drent became a core teacher and co-developer of the master’s program in “Security and Organizations
Bülent Durmus, Organizational Director
Jewish Museum Berlin
Bülent Durmus took up the post of Organizational Director at the Jewish Museum Berlin in March 2008. In the newly created field of organizational development, he is responsible for events, visitor research, visitor services, and the optimization of the internal organizational structure. In the administrative sphere he oversees facility management, security, and IT.
During the production of the permanent exhibition between May 2000 and September 2001, Bülent Durmus represented the museum in the remodeling project planned by David Libeskind. As an external consultant he oversaw the establishment of the museum’s Technical Department in 2002 and directed this department from 2003 to 2008.
Bülent Durmus was born in Izmit, Turkey, in 1970 and has lived in Berlin since 1971. He is married and has three children. After completing his school education, he studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin and gained experience at various architectural firms. His master’s thesis, which he completed in 1998, was titled, “The Turkish Embassy in the Tiergarten District of Berlin.” After completing his degree, he worked for a variety of architectural firms on a freelance basis. In 1999–2000 he set up the planning, manufacturing, purchasing, and sales departments at a manufacturer of modular steel piping. He has been a member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects since 2003.
Patrick Gallagher - As president and founder of Gallagher & Associates, Patrick Gallagher has led the design of some of the world’s most memorable museum experiences, from his longstanding relationship with the Smithsonian Institution, to high-profile projects in Asia, India and Europe. Under his guidance, the firm has gained international acclaim for its leadership in the field of museum planning and experience design. His philosophy of practice has stood the test of time and guided the firm for more than 30 years: listen to your clients, focus on their visitors’ needs, and great design will happen. The company’s foundation is formed on the premise of building strong relationships with our clients and emphasizing a commitment to excellence in everything we do. Patrick leads our staff of multi-disciplinary designers who pride themselves on creating highly successful visitor experiences through innovative and integrated design approaches that embrace a full range of exhibit tools and techniques.
Patrick has extensive experience leading visioning programs and creating comprehensive visitor experience strategies. The most successful examples stem from his involvement in planning and development from the ground up. His foresight on projects such as the International Spy Museum complex shaped a new model for one of the most successful and profitable museums today. G&A was one of the first design firms in the United States to fully plan and execute a for-profit model for a museum. The museum complex was credited with helping to shape the face of a vibrant, new downtown area that incorporated a new business model that was able to thrive during an economic downturn in 2002.
David B. Greenbaum, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President
David Greenbaum has set new standards in museum design through the creation of memorable experiences for the visitor. His work has been recognized through award and publication for clarity of vision, innovation in thought and excellence in design. In a 35-year career that includes multiple projects of national significance for the Smithsonian Institution, The National Gallery of Art, the Architect of the Capitol and other sites in the US and overseas, Greenbaum has developed an international practice in museum design and comparable visitor attractions, with a particular interest in the development of cultural districts. Greenbaum has won over 75 national and regional awards. His projects have been published in more than 150 articles, underscoring the importance of his work in the architectural and museum communities and the larger public realm.
Greenbaum has been at the forefront of creating new transformational models for museums and similar educational venues. He has helped institutions develop more stimulating visitor experiences so that they can thrive in the context of the commercial world of leisure and entertainment attractions.
Greenbaum creates a compelling visual expression by developing a seamless link between architecture, the interpretive mission and the client’s purpose. Greenbaum’s philosophy is to amplify the mission of the institution by creating powerful and memorable architecture with a proud civic presence. Close collaboration with the owner, the interpretive designer and the curatorial staff result in a dynamic experience for the visitor on many levels.
Some recent notable projects include: the Museum of the Bible, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, Changbai Mountain National Park Visitor Center in Jilan, China and the Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center in Omaha Beach, France.
Richard Francis-Jones is a highly awarded and leading contemporary Australian architect. Richard is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, and in 2012 was invested as an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Richard received his architectural education at the University of Sydney (where he was awarded the University Medal in Architecture) and Columbia University in New York, through an ITT Fellowship. He has led a distinguished architectural career, designing many highly-awarded buildings and winning several international architectural competitions. He is Design Director and the nominated architect of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), a highly acclaimed practice noted for its commitment to the public domain.
Highly awarded projects designed by Richard have been widely published in Australian and International journals and books. International architecture awards received for projects designed by Richard include the World Architecture Festival World Building of the Year, World Architecture Festival Office Award (in both 2012 & 2014), AIA International Architecture Award, RIBA International Architecture Award, New Zealand Institute of Architects Medal, International Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the International Public Library of the Year Award from the Danish Agency of Culture.
Richard has taught and lectured in architecture, design and theory in Australia and abroad since 1987. He was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and is currently Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales.
Arne Kvorning, Managing Director, Senior Exhibition designer and Architect MAA/MDD
Kvorning Design & Communication
Arne Kvorning, managing director, senior exhibition designer and architect MAA/MDD. 32 years as an internationally working Exhibition Designer and 26 years as the owner and managing director for Kvorning Design & Communication. Established in Copenhagen in 1992, Beijing 2010, London in 2011, Oslo in 2013 and St Petersburg in 2018. The company has completed more than 5,000 exhibitions and design projects for public and private clients in more than 50 countries worldwide.
His professional interests focus on exhibition design, graphic design, interior design and scenography and his current projects include exhibition and museum projects in more than 15 countries worldwide. In addition, he is Member of Danish Association of Architects (MAA), Member of Design Denmark (MDD), Member of Museums Association (Corporate Member), Member of ICOM, Member of TEA Themed Entertainment Association, initiator and editor of MuseumDesign and ExhibitionDesign; two non-commercial networking groups on LinkedIn.
Arne Kvorning and his company Kvorning Design & Communication was recently honored with the Museums+Heritage Award for best international exhibition and the InAVate Awards for best storytelling through advanced AV integration.
Ben Melham, Director
Ben has spent his career ensuring that our built and cultural heritage are maintained and preserved through effective operation and development. Ben is Director at Mortice Consulting, leading specialists in providing operational, strategic and development solutions to those maintaining the estates of some of the UK’s most significant cultural institutions.
Previously Head of Estate for the Science Museum Group, Ben now works with clients including The British Library, The Museum of London, Somerset House Trust and the Royal Museums Greenwich. Ben is active in knowledge and best practice sharing initiatives across the sector, including as a IMCC planning committee member and as a member of IAMFA (The International Association of Museum Facilities Administrators). Mortice Consulting are also active in independently curating a number of events and benchmarking activities in the UK designed to bring together those caring and developing estates in the Cultural Sector.
Jeff Morehen is Managing Director of fjmt and is based in the fjmt UK studio. Jeff graduated with honours from Deakin University, Victoria, Australia and has over thirty years professional experience gained throughout Australia, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.
Highly awarded projects led by Jeff include the John Niland Scientia Building at the University of New South Wales, recipient of a number of Australia’s highest architectural and design awards including the AIA Sir John Sulman and Sir Zelman Cowen Awards for Outstanding Public Architecture, The Mint for Sydney Living Museums, the only project to have concurrently received NSW AIA’s highest awards for both contemporary and Heritage Conservation; and Darling Quarter, a large scale commercial and mixed-use development in Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour which has received over 30 design and construction awards, including the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Office Award.
Jeff has collaborated closely with fjmt Design Director, Richard Francis-Jones on many of the firm’s museum, gallery and cultural buildings including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), Hobart; Newcastle Museum, NSW; Auckland Art Gallery, winner of the WAF World Building of the Year and RIBA International Architecture Award; the recently completed Bunjil Place Cultural Precinct in Melbourne; and was project Director for the Waterfront Pavilion, winner of the WAF Display - Completed Buildings Award.
As Managing Director of fjmt, Jeff is responsible for the overall management of the practice while remaining fully involved as Project Director on a number of important commissions. He has substantial experience in a wide array of building types including public, education, commercial and residential. His diverse expertise includes project implementation and consultation processes, procurement and environmental sustainability.
Daniel's background merges architecture, design, and business, and he applies those skills to strategic and business planning for clients as a Principal in AEA Consulting's New York office. His work includes developing new programming and facility concepts for arts organizations, developing financial models and business plans, space planning and capital project feasibility work, as well as facilitating strategic and cultural planning processes; he has completed assignments for more than 75 clients around the world, including in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, China, Malaysia, and Australia.
Prior to joining AEA, Daniel worked on exhibitions and installations that appeared in galleries and museums around New York; he was also a part of the New City Reader project at the New Museum, producing a weekly newspaper that focused on changes in urban life. Daniel previously also worked in Citigroup’s investment bank, where he advised financial sponsors and their portfolio companies on capital markets and strategic transactions.
Attila Saghi is the CTO of the Company, the head of the design and construction. During his 3-year work at the project, Attila oversaw strategic planning, design and construction that resulted two finished, 3 ongoing and 4 projects prepared for launch. Before this role, Attila was the president of the Hungarian Heritage (Forster Center), where he directed the regional company and the activity of 39 reconstruction projects along the country. Attila holds master's degree in structural design from Technical University of Budapest (Hungary) and Delft (The Netherland), he is also specialised in monument reconstruction and economics. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, skiing, biking, climbing and gourmet cooking with his four children.
Simon Smessaert studied (theoretical) psychology and cultural studies. His first job was for a small heritage organization, before working 6 years as policy officer for the Ministry of Culture – focusing mainly on media literacy, e-culture and digitization. Simon works for the museum since January 2016, as staff member internal control. This encompasses translating ‘helicopter view’ on the organization in policy documents such as action plans and year reports. Since September 2017 Simon was appointed as ‘project manager’ for the re-opening of the museum, a combination of leading strategical projects and coordinating, planning and reporting (on) the whole of the project.
Kevin Sumption PSM - For more than 20 years Kevin’s international career has focused on developing the digital landscape of cultural institutions, as well as overseeing the delivery of major new Museum buildings and permanent galleries. Kevin’s work over the past five years as Director and CEO of the ANMM has focused on developing a suite of international award winning experiences, from the new Action Stations warship pavilion, through to an innovative architectural Sol luminaire program. Amongst his academic accolades are the Dibner Award in 2000 from the Society of the History of Technology, John Hopkins University for the Exhibition Cyberworlds: Computers and Connections. Kevin is also a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and also the Advanced Leadership Program from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School. Kevin is a well-known international speaker and sought out expert on mobile learning, interactive media and digital content and is also recognised by the Australian Research Council (ARC) as an expert of international standing in these fields. Kevin was a lecturer for over 18 years at the University of Technology, Sydney in Design Theory and History, covering Digital Media in Cultural Institutions, Digital Curatorship, Interactive Media and Architectural and Industrial Design Theory.
Dr. L. Carole Wharton has over 30 years of consulting, teaching and training, and management experience in museums, colleges and universities, and other nonprofit organizations. She Is former Director of Planning, Management and Budget at the Smithsonian Institution, was Project Manager for the Getty Foundation-funded SCUP Campus Heritage Project, and adjunct faculty member of The George Washington University graduate program in museum management.
As a senior official, Dr. Wharton was responsible for planning and budgeting for the Smithsonian, serving on steering committees for development of three of its major facilities: the National Museum of the American Indian, the Reynolds Center, and the Air and Space Udvar-Hazy Center; for strategic planning for a major university; and capital planning and project development for a major university system. As a consultant, she has focused on strategic and business planning, work with boards, fund-raising, and leadership development. She is co-author with Martha Morris and Walter Crimm of Planning Successful Museum Building Projects. Alta Vista, 2009.
Jonathan Ullman is President & CEO of The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. The Mob Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in downtown Las Vegas, with a mission of advancing the public understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on society. Reporting to a 22-member Board of Directors, Jonathan is responsible for leading the organization that has been named both a “Top Workplace” and “Best Museum” by the Las Vegas Review Journal and ranked #20 on
TripAdvisor’s list of top museums in the United States. Jonathan has spent over 20 years in a variety of management and leadership roles within the nonprofit industry. Jonathan’s museum career began at Liberty Science Center, New Jersey’s most visited museum, where he was intimately involved in the strategic planning and operationalizing of the facility following a $109 million capital expansion. Over the years, Jonathan served in numerous capacities with responsibilities including intensive staff management, program oversight, and external relations. Immediately prior to joining The Mob Museum, Jonathan was the president and COO at the National Soccer Hall of Fame, where he led the dramatic transformation of the organization’s operating model. Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers College and his Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers Business School. A believer in the importance of community,
Louis Becker, Partner Design Principal
Louis has been part of the management team since 1998. As the firm’s Design Principal, Louis has been responsible for several of the firm’s most important projects, internationally and in Denmark. With nearly three decades in practice, the scope of his experience spans from the design of cultural icons to city districts, with a particular focus on new build- ing, urban place-making, and the relationship between space, light, and human well-being and interaction. Working in diverse cultures and climates in 20+ countries, Louis works to enhance the built environment through context- driven design.
∙ Henning Larsen Architects, Denmark, 1989
∙ Aalborg University, Department of Architecture and Design, Adjunct
Serving as Partner-in-Charge for significant projects and competitions, Louis is the driving force behind complex architectural and decision-making processes with multiple stakeholders. Louis is an active member of the global archi- tectural community, and often speaks about the relationship between art and architecture, innovation in sustainable design practices, and the relationship between space, light, and the human experience.
Engagement - In 2011, Louis was awarded the Eckersberg Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as a special recognition of his contribution to the field of architecture and interna- tional achievements. Louis has designed award-winning buildings and masterplans across the globe, including university buildings,
David B. Greenbaum, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President
David Greenbaum has set new standards in museum design through the creation of memorable experiences for the visitor. His work has been recognized through award and publication for clarity of vision, innovation in thought and excellence in design.
In a 35-year career that includes multiple projects of national significance for the Smithsonian Institution, The National Gallery of Art, the Architect of the Capitol and other sites in the US and overseas, Greenbaum has developed an international practice in museum design and comparable visitor attractions, with a particular interest in the development of cultural districts. Greenbaum has won over 75 national and regional awards. His projects have been published in more than 150 articles, underscoring the importance of his work in the architectural and museum communities and the larger public realm. Greenbaum has been at the forefront of creating new transformational models for museums and similar educational venues. He has helped institutions develop more stimulating visitor experiences so that they can thrive in the context of the commercial world of leisure and entertainment attractions.
Greenbaum creates a compelling visual expression by developing a seamless link between architecture, the interpretive mission and the client’s purpose. Greenbaum’s philosophy is to amplify the mission of the institution by creating powerful and memorable architecture with a proud civic presence. Close collaboration with the owner, the interpretive designer and the curatorial staff result in a dynamic experience for the visitor on many levels. Some recent notable projects include: the Museum of the Bible, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, Changbai Mountain National Park Visitor Center in Jilan, China and the Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center in Omaha Beach, France
As a leader of design for the firm, he has reviewed more than 200 significant projects in more than 10 states and four countries to ensure the best effect for the client and the public. He mentors staff, encourages collaboration and leads discussion to establish a vision for an emerging national design firm. Greenbaum is the 2019 Chair of the National AIA Committee on Design, he serves on the planning committees for the Mid-Atlantic association of Museum Building Museums Conference and the International Museums Construction Congress. He also has held multiple teaching positions as design professor and has been a visiting critic at five architecture schools.
Arne Kvorning, Architect and Designer MAA/MDD
Kvorning Design & Communication
Arne Kvorning, architect and designer MAA/MDD. 30 years as an internationally working Exhibition Designer and 25 years as the owner and CEO for Kvorning Design & Communication. Established in Copenhagen in 1992, Beijing 2010, London in 2011 and Oslo in 2013. The company has completed more than 5,000 exhibitions and design projects for public and private clients in more than 50 countries worldwide.
His professional interests focus on exhibition design, graphic design, interior design and scenography and his current projects include exhibition and museum projects in more than 15 countries worldwide. In addition, he is Member of Danish Association of Architects (MAA), Member of Design Denmark (MDD), Member of Museums Association (Corporate Member), Member of ICOM, Member of TEA Themed Entertainment Association.
Arne Kvorning and his company Kvorning Design & Communication was recently honored with the Museums+Heritage Award for best international exhibition and the InAVate Awards for best storytelling through advanced AV integration.
Jakob Lange, Partner
Jakob Lange is a Partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As the lead for several prize winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental in winning some of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of the Mountain residences in Copenhagen (2008) and served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award in 2011. He is currently Partner in Charge of Stettin 7, a 20,000 m2 high-end green residential building in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG’s technology-driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG’s design decisions with precise data rather than style or aesthetics – information driven design. Special projects, including a green window farm, customized lamps and building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture.
Dan Mackenzie, CEO
Dan is the Chief Executive Officer of Steensen Varming’s studios in Copenhagen, London, Sydney, Hong Kong and New York. He oversees the company’s global operation based around a one-studio approach driven by collaboration and knowledge sharing across five countries on four continents, enabled by global technology and a commitment to optimal design solutions. He is responsible for ensuring Steensen Varming maintains its commitment to quality, continuous improvement and its position at the forefront of building design to consistently deliver positive outcomes. Dan, who has been part of Steensen Varming throughout his professional career spanning 30 years, has managed the successful delivery of a variety of challenging and iconic projects worldwide, from concept to beyond completion, including Universities, Hospitals, Heritage sites, Cultural and Research facilities. To name but a few, his involvement covers Sydney Opera House, Auckland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia and most lately, the Natural History Museum in Copenhagen.
Dan has extensive experience in high reliability engineering, the responsible application of sustainable design and the aesthetic considerations of building services. He believes the design profession is blessed with the role of improving life through a better built environment. In keeping with this belief, he is committed to the concept of integrated “total architecture”, which represents a holistic approach to design. In this view, the engineering and architecture disciplines coalesce in recognition of a mutual respect and goal – to provide intelligent, valuable and elegant solutions.
Kent Martinussen, CEO
Danish Architecture Center
Kent Martinussen is an architect at foreign schools of architecture departing from the School of Architecture. He has taught and researched at Danish and foreign universities and schools of architecture and run his own architectural practice with numerous international project exhibitions in Asia, Arabia, Europe and the United States of own architectural projects. He holds several professional trust positions, including sat in Architectural Association Board, Academy Council committees, and been Chairman of Architecture Institute. Kent Martinussen has also been appointed a member of the jury at the 9th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, the world's largest architecture event.
Kent Martinussen CEO of the Danish Architecture Center, which he joined in 2001.
Martha Morris, Associate Professor Emeritus
Museum Studies Program, Corcoran School of Arts and Design, George Washington University
Martha Morris is associate professor emeritus of museum studies at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has over 45 years of experience in the museum field as a manager and leader. Her career began in registration and collections management at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and later at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History where she eventually served as deputy director. Her work and her teaching have consistently focused on management and leadership practices, including strategic planning, project management, team-building, staff development, and facilities projects. As a member of the board of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums she served as a founding program chair of the annual Building Museums symposium. She has designed workshops, lectured and written on a number of topics including collections planning and management, exhibition development, leading change, museum facilities programs, museum mergers, and 21st century leadership skills. She is author of Managing People and Projects in Museums (2017) and co-author of Planning Successful Museum Building Projects (2009). She holds BA and MA degrees in Art History and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Scott Newman, FAIA, Partner
Scott Newman, FAIA, Partner, is one of the foremost museum planners and designers in the United States. He joined Cooper Robertson in 1984 and has since created a unique practice that blends museum planning with architectural design, resulting in the highest standards for the display and preservation of the world’s most distinguished collections and some of the world’s best museum architecture.
Mr. Newman led the firm’s work for the Museum of Modern Art, which encompassed three major projects over ten years, including the redesign of the museum’s onsite collections storage for works on paper and off-site cold storage for film. He led the firm’s design of MoMA QNS, the satellite location that now serves as collections storage, study library, and conservation center. The project won several local and national design awards.
As partner-in-charge for the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, Mr. Newman led the project in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. His other museum projects include long term space plans for the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art, and the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki, as well as master plans for The Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and art museums in Istanbul, Turkey, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Seattle, and San Diego. He led a collections storage master plan for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a gallery reinstallation plan for the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently serving as partner-in-charge for the Gateway Arch Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, opening in 2017.
Mr. Newman received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in thirteen states.
Malcolm Reading, RIBA, (Hon) FRGS, FRSA, Chairman
Malcolm Reading Consultants
An advocate for design excellence, Malcolm founded Malcolm Reading Consultants in 1996 after six years as Director of Design and Architecture at the British Council.He has created a unique competitions service, which is trusted by architects and attuned to the realities of successful capital projects. Trained as an architect, Malcolm is widely recognised within the profession. He has set new standards in procurement, and is known for his loyalty to demanding projects.
His leadership abilities have been tested at the highest level with clients such as NATO, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Mumbai City Museum, New College, Oxford, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Qatar Museums, the Cadogan Estate and the Millennium Bridge Trust.
Malcolm joined the Sovereign Grant Audit Committee in June 2015. He is a trustee of English Heritage and an honorary fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Previously, he was a trustee of Edinburgh World Heritage (2012–15). He was on the board of Historic Royal Palaces for an unprecedented three terms (2005–2014), and remains chairman of the UNESCO Tower of London World Heritage Site Consultative Committee.
He is a judge for World Architecture News’ Education Award 2015 and has judged WAN’s 21 for 21 Award (for talent-spotting emerging architects), the AIA (American Institute of Architects), UK Excellence in Design award and the Prix W architectural prize. He writes regularly for the Architects’ Journal.
Bryan Sieling, Assistant Director for Exhibition Design and Production and Acting Associate Director for Project Management and Planning
National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Bryan Sieling is Assistant Director for Exhibition Design and Production and Acting Associate Director for Project Management and Planning at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. During the design and construction phases of the museum, Sieling served as Chief of Design, overseeing the exhibition design process, its coordination with the base building architecture, and the fabrication and installation of the inaugural exhibitions—a period spanning more than seven years from 2009 to the museum’s opening in 2016. Previously, Sieling was Chief of Design at the Newseum, the interactive museum of news, located on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. From 2000 to the museum’s opening in 2008, Sieling oversaw the exhibition design process, developing new techniques to enable the museum to more nimbly respond to breaking news events. Sieling earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies with a focus in design from The George Washington University in 1989.
Ulla Tofte, CEO
Maritime Museum of Denmark
Ulla Tofte, Director, CEO of M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark, holds a Master’s Degree in History and French from the University of Copenhagen. She is a board member of the University of Aalborg, Danish Cultural Institute and Chairman of the board of Copenhagen Opera Festival. Prior to her position at the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark she was the Head of the festival Golden Days, and the Director of the Golden Days Cultural Organisation which specializes in arranging and communicating historical and cultural events, debates and festivals. Ulla Tofte is a frequent participant in the cultural debate in Denmark.