Museum Research

Our technical expertise enables innovation, and research is its natural partner. Through the application of our research, we are advancing museum architecture in the twenty-first century.
We are experts in building envelope performance, critical to maintaining interior temperature and humidity controls; daylighting design and controls; sustainable design; and resilient design to protect both building and collections from extreme weather events.


In benchmarking various aspects of space usage, including galleries, collections storage, public spaces, administrative spaces, and other functions related to an institution's mission and goals, we assist our clients in making informed decisions.


Daylighting in gallery spaces reduces the need for artificial illumination, allows works to be shown in the full light spectrum, and accentuates three-dimensionality. Our research into the appropriate use of daylighting enabled the Whitney Museum of American Art to consider the issues of daylighting based on up-to-the-minute analysis and technology.


The Cooper Robertson team's legacy, experience, and ongoing research into designing for the waterfront has positioned the new Whitney Museum of American Art building at the forefront of addressing resiliency–with both integrated and temporarily deployable flood mitigation features.