2021 Building Museums™ Symposium

The Capital Hilton | 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
REGARDING COVID-19:
As of July 17th, MAAM is hoping to convene Building Museums™ in-person in Washington, DC in March 2021. However, given the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will progress through 2020 and 2021, MAAM remains open to considering a virtual format for our 2021 Symposium. We ask that all persons submitting proposals or nominations for the Buildy Award for consideration to develop their presentation to be adaptable for an online format or, possibly, a combined in-person and online presentation.

Call for Sessions:

We are actively seeking session proposals that discuss museum projects of interest to small to medium-sized institutions.

Session proposals should address one or more of the following topics:

  • Leadership roles in museum building projects
  • Strategic and master planning
  • Budget and business planning
  • The visitor experience
  • Collections care and facility design
  • Design and pre-construction processes
  • Architect and contractor selection
  • Fundraising
  • Project communication – both internal and external
  • Dealing with existing infrastructure and historic preservation
  • Sustainable design
  • Challenges during “life after opening”

We’re looking for sessions that provide a clear and focused discussion of a specific project, bring a diverse range of participants to the table to exchange views, and can stimulate questions and conversations among the attendees.

*COVID-19 RESPONSE
As of now, MAAM is hoping to convene Building Museums™ in-person in Washington, DC in March 2021. However, given the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will progress through 2020 and 2021, MAAM remains open to considering a virtual format for our 2021 Symposium. We ask that all persons submitting proposals for consideration develop their presentation to be adaptable for an online format or, possibly, a combined in-person and online presentation.

How do I submit a proposal?
Please read the attached call to learn more about the contents required to submit a proposal. Sessions should include no more than 4 speakers and one of those speakers must be a museum professional.  The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5:00PM your local time on Friday, September 18, 2020. Submit proposals in PDF form to info@midatlanticmuseums.org

Buildy Award Nominations:

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) recognizes institutions whose construction projects demonstrate high achievement in the areas of planning, implementation, and survival with the Buildy Award at the the Building Museums™ Symposium each year.

About the Award:
The purpose of the Buildy Award is to increase awareness within the field, and by the public at large, of the value of museums and the need for their ongoing rehabilitation and expansion to serve future generations.

Nominations:
Nominations are solicited from all Museum Directors with qualifying projects. Architects and other project team members are encouraged to collaborate with the Museum Directors to complete the nomination. All prior nominees that did not receive a Buildy Award will automatically remain under consideration for the following years as long as they meet the time parameters and the eligibility requirements. The award committee may request updated information regarding attendance and financial stability of the institution; however, there is no need for the nominee to resubmit the entire nomination package in subsequent years.

Please note: A short list of museum/institution finalists will be considered and the Award Committee may contact the facility Director and other team members for additional information. The winners will be selected and notified in advance of the Building Museums™ 2021 Symposium in December 2020. The award should be accepted by the Director of the winning museum/institution at the award ceremony.  Currently, the Building MuseumsTM Steering Committee is contemplating a hybrid in-person/online symposium for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If the Director of the winning museum/institution is unable to travel to Washington, DC, we will consider an online, remote presentation.

Please submit all nominations by 5:00 PM your local time on Friday, October 2, 2020 in PDF format to info@midatlanticmuseums.org.

About the Symposium

What?

The symposium is organized under three inter-related themes: Vision, Implementation, and Sustainability (or Life after Opening) . The content of each day will reflect these themes across a broad range of museum sizes and scales, budgets, scope of building projects, disciplines, and collecting vs. non-collecting institutions.

Who?

This symposium is for architects, museum leaders, planners, project managers, technical experts, and all those who plan or implement new construction, renovation, or expansion projects for museums. Whether your institution is a small historic site under renovation, a mid-sized art museum planning an expansion, or a large children’s museum building a new facility, this symposium is for you.

Building Museums™ is an annual international symposium created, produced and managed by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums [MAAM] but is open to everyone with an interest in this important topic.

Why?

Attending the symposium will provide you the opportunity to:

  • Better understand the process of planning, implementing, and surviving new construction, renovation, or expansion projects
  • Examine case studies, current trends, topical issues, and specific projects related to building projects across a broad range of museum sizes and scales, budgets, scope of building projects, diversity of disciplines, and collecting vs. non-collections-holding institutions
  • Actively discuss museum building projects with other museum professionals, architects, planners, project managers, and technical experts to better inform the process of building
  • Access resources for architectural firms, consultants, museum projects, and museum leaders
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