Over the years, museum exhibition staff have increasingly professionalized, in order to be taken seriously and have a voice at the table. Starting in the 1970s, we adapted the architectural and engineering “design development process” to ensure that exhibition development would be efficient, moving smoothly from concept to completion. While that process works just fine for a wastewater treatment plant or an office tower, it’s not an adequate process for the design and creation of embodied ideas and experiences. In this session, you will start to think more critically about current exhibition development, and explore a new way of creating exhibitions that supports practitioner creativity, privileges powerful ideas, and ensures engaging experiences.


  • Kathleen McLean


  • Peggy Monahan
  • Tom Hennes
  • Katherine Whitney