Partner Scott Newman to kick-off MAAM Building Museums Symposium 2017
02 February 2017

Known for scores of award-winning museum designs and for research and cultural buildings worldwide, Scott Newman, FAIA, will help keynote a major national museum conference on Feb. 25th at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C., as part of the talk, “Transforming the Whitney.”

Kicking off at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) conference, Building Museums Symposium 2017, the keynote panel brings together Newman and other experts from the project team. They will discuss why the renowned museum moved to a new neighborhood in Manhattan, how it developed new approaches for displaying art, and its unique urban interconnections and novel solutions for storm and flood protection.

In the keynote panel address, Newman will discuss the design and planning process for the new Whitney — acclaimed as one of the most important new museum buildings to open in years — and the lessons learned in its development. He will be joined by the co-panelists Larissa Gentile, project manager for the Whitney, as well as Andrew Thomann of Turner Construction.

“Museum design is often emblematic of an evolving relationship with society, with significant shifts in recent decades toward visitor experience, community involvement, and connectivity,” says Newman, who is currently designing museums in St. Louis and New York. “Innovation in architecture, engineering, technology, and building materials has enabled these shifts, placing the new Whitney Museum of American Art at the forefront of the latest generation of cultural facilities.”

WHAT: Keynote with Scott Newman, FAIA, at Building Museums 2017 WHERE: Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: 9:00am - 10:15am, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017