Building Museums™ Symposium

March 6-8, 2024,

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown,

Philadelphia, PA

2024 Call for Proposal Sessions is Open

Submit Proposals to the Call for Session Proposals Form

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 20, 2023 by 5:00PM EST

The MAAM Building Museums™ Symposium is a national symposium on the process, promise, and pitfalls of planning and managing museum capital building projects. This symposium is for museum leaders, architects, planners, project managers, technical experts, and those who plan to implement new construction, renovation, preservation, or expansion projects for museums. The three-day symposium will consist of various types of presentations: a full-day workshop, keynotes, breakout sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, and social events. The Building Museums™ Program Committee is reaching out to museum and allied building design and construction professionals to solicit an inclusive array of impactful program presentations. Please carefully review the full 2024 Building Museums Call for Session Proposals before starting your application.

Call for Buildy Award Nominations

Submit proposals in PDF form to:

Submission Deadline Extended: Thursday, November 30, 2023 by midnight ET.

ELIGIBILITY: A Buildy Award nominee must have completed a museum-related construction project within the five-year period of 2017-2022, and the project must have been substantially complete and opened or reopened to the general public for at least one year prior to the extended submission deadline date of November 30, 2023. Please note that the one-year requirement will be strictly observed. Eligible buildings include museums as well as similar facilities at zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and visitor centers serving public sites. National and international projects are eligible; nominated facilities do not have to be located in the Mid-Atlantic region. Projects may include new construction, additions and renovations or a combination of these. Impact and quality are more significant factors than size and budget. Previously submitted projects not receiving an award may be resubmitted with an updated nomination form provided they were completed in the five years prior to November 2022. Please carefully review the full 2024 Building Museums Call for Buildy Awards before starting your application.


Required SUPPORTING MATERIALS must include:

  • Completed nomination form through PDF submission
  • A one-page, non-technical summary of the project as a .pdf attachment
  • Photos, design plans, news clippings or other media, marketing materials, letters from visitors to support the nomination (a single document in a .pdf format preferred)
  • Letter of Confirmation as a .pdf attachment from the Museum Director or Deputy Director stating their intention to briefly present the project at the 2024 Building Museums™ Symposium in Philadelphia, PA.

Please submit all nomination materials in a single PDF file.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: This call for nominations closes at midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, November 30, 2023. 

Conference Hotel

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Book your room at a discounted rate before Wednesday, February 15 online here or by calling call 1-800-320-5744 and refer to: MAAM 2024.

About the Symposium


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.


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.


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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