1st Edition

Contemporary Museum Architecture and Design Theory and Practice of Place

Edited By Georgia Lindsay Copyright 2020
    360 Pages 175 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 175 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contemporary Museum Architecture and Design showcases 18 diverse essays written by people who design, work in, and study museums, offering a variety of perspectives on this complex building type. Throughout, the authors emphasize new kinds of experiences that museum architecture helps create, connecting ideas about design at various levels of analysis, from thinking about how the building sits in the city to exploring the details of technology.

    With sections focusing on museums as architectural icons, community engagement through design, the role of gallery spaces in the experience of museums, disability experiences, and sustainable design for museums, the collected chapters cover topics both familiar and fresh to those interested in museum architecture. Featuring over 150 color illustrations, this book celebrates successful museum architecture while the critical analysis sheds light on important issues to consider in museum design.

    Written by an international range of museum administrators, architects, and researchers this collection is an essential resource for understanding the social impacts of museum architecture and design for professionals, students, and museum-lovers alike.


    Contributor information

    Introduction – Georgia Lindsay

    I: ICONS: Interrogating spectacle and design

    1. Iconic or Engaging? Beyond the Spectacle – Elizabeth Ann Macgregor
    2. The Power of Star Architecture and Iconic Design: Kunsthaus Graz, Austria – Johannes Dreher, Nadia Alaily-Mattar, and Alain Thierstein
    3. Transformational architecture as urban catalyst: Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, municipal policy, and the Cultural Renaissance – Shoshanah B.D. Goldberg-Miller
    4. II: INVITATIONS: Design with communities in mind

    5. Designing with Community for Revitalization: A Creative Hub at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, US – Ann Baier Lambson
    6. Making an Urban Living Room: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, US – Megan Lykins Reich
    7. Museum as Place-maker – Kerstin Thompson
    8. Design for Citizenship: North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, US – Daniel P. Gottlieb
    9. III: EXPERIENCES: Understanding and reimagining design inside

    10. The Open and Integrated Museum – William Smart
    11. Building Citizens – Building Museums: Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario – Matt Patterson
    12. Experience and Meaning in Museums – Helen Norrie
    13. Planning Art Museums from Inside-out: Design for Visitor Experiences – İpek Kaynar Rohloff
    14. Illuminating History: The Mosegaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark – Jade Polizzi
    15. IV: BODIES and MINDS: Designing for inclusion

    16. A Sensory Place for All – Meredith Banasiak
    17. Understanding Museum Architecture from Disability Experience: Pavilion of Knowledge, Lisbon, Portugal – Caroline Van Doren, Peter-Willem Vermeersch, and Ann Heylighen
    18. Body Conscious Design in Museums – Galen Cranz and Chelsea Rushton
    19. V: SUSTAINABILITIES: Green design for new museums

    20. Triple Bottom Line Sustainable Design: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West in Arizona, US – Christiana Moss and Christopher Alt
    21. Less Energy, More Stability: Passive Building Principles for Collection- and Visitor-Friendly Net-Zero and Net-Positive Buildings, and a proposal for the Museum of Energy – Jonathan Bean
    22. Bringing nature into place: Green Roofs as Place Makers in Museum Architecture – Angela Loder


    Georgia Lindsay is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Design at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on the human experience of architecture, with a special interest in museums. She is author of The User Perspective on Twenty-First-Century Art Museums (2016) and co-editor with Lusi Morhayim of Revisiting "Social Factors": Advancing Research into People and Place (2015). She earned her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

    “Georgia Lindsay has charted a course of self-discovery for the reader in her latest book, Contemporary Museum Architecture and Design: Theory and Practice of Place.  Her assemblage of relevant case studies, categorized in a logical order, offers a diverse and unique perspective into architectural museum design.  Her ability to inform and challenge, affords us the opportunity to reshape the museums of the future.” 
    Kathleen Fitzpatrick, MBA, Senior Associate, DLR Group