Building Museums™ is an annual international symposium created, produced and managed by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) 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. The symposium is open to everyone with an interest in this important topic.
For the past fifteen years, MAAM has presented the Building Museums™ Symposium to help museum and industry professionals connect on the topic of new museum building projects. This conference focuses three inter-related themes: Vision, Implementation, and Sustainability (or Life after Opening).
The 2020 Building Museums™ Seminar will take place March 4 – 6 in Chicago.
According to MAAM, here are 5 reasons why you should consider attending Building Museums™
5. It is the only conference in the nation focused solely on building new spaces and new experiences for museums.
All other museum conferences that you might attend will certainly have a session or two about building projects and new museum projects. There is nothing wrong with that model of conference, we just offer a more in-depth look at what it takes to complete a museum building project. Our sessions vary from fundraising for a capital campaign to integrating the latest technology into collections storage spaces to building an entirely new museum.
4. This conference is not just for museum professionals. You may meet your project manager at this conference.
Many of the Symposium attendees include architects, engineers, contractors, exhibit designers, lighting providers, owner’s representation firms, and many more. These industry professionals come to learn from museums about their needs, and museum staff personnel come to learn about what the industry can offer their institution.
3. You can receive continuing education credits.
Architects, need to earn more continuing education units? You can obtain American Institute of Architects credits for attending Building Museums™ tours, workshops, and sessions. Just bring your AIA number to the Symposium, we will have the AIA forms available for you.
2. It is a great networking opportunity.
Since we host the only symposium in the nation focused specifically on building museum projects, we see projects from all over the nation (and the world!) Attendees and speakers hail from the States, Great Britain, Canada, Hungary, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands among others. We hold two receptions and a networking lunch where you can connect with colleagues about their projects. Who knows, maybe you will find a colleague that you can call a year or two down the road when you are at a stage in your project that they have already tackled. You can also visit up to 25 exhibitors in our Exhibitor Hall and learn more about the products and services that they can offer your museum.
1. You will learn a lot, and have a great time.
Whether you are a small museum or a large museum, there is always something to learn by attending Building Museums™. You’ll also find that although we see between 350-450 attendees, that this is a very friendly and social group. Architects and engineers want to learn more about what museums need to succeed and museums professionals want to learn about what architects and service providers can offer their institutions and visitors.
MAAM presents this conference to foster excellence in the museum community. Their goal is to provide the space in which museum professionals and industry providers can learn from one another, network with colleagues, and create relationships that can lead to amazing collaborations in the future.