Museum Experts Engage the Public, Design for Inclusiveness (Cooper Robertson)

The Gateway Arch Museum renovation and expansion

How can museums dialog with the public and improve access to culture? These are among the topics in upcoming talks by the firm Cooper Robertson, renowned architects of cultural facilities, at annual conferences of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the American Planning Association (APA).

At the Museums conference on Sunday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 10th, Scott Newman, FAIA, partner at Cooper Robertson and head of the firm’s cultural practice, will speak on two panels related to his work on the the expanded and transformed Gateway Arch Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Building Community Support for a Public-Private Partnership,” will focus on how public and private organizations worked together to generate community support for the Gateway Arch Museum renovation and expansion.
Sunday, May 7 from 1:00-2:15pm
222 St. Louis America’s Center, St Louis, MO

Universal Design and Creating an Inclusive Museum Environment,” will entail a discussion of how universal design principles were applied to the Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center building and exhibit designs to create an inclusive and enabling museum environment, while accommodating historic preservation goals.
Wednesday, May 10, 11:15 am -12:30 pm
262 St. Louis America’s Center, St Louis, MO

At the APA conference on Monday, May 8th, Cooper Robertson senior associate Erin Flynn, RA, LEED AP, will co-lead a guided tour of New York City’s Meatpacking District.

New Meatpacking District Public Spaces,” will include discussion of the Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, and how the building’s plaza, lobby and terraces invite and foster interaction with the adjacent High Line and Hudson River parks.
Monday, May 8, 8:45 am – 12:45 pm
Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 W 34th St, New York, NY

About Scott Newman, FAIA
Scott Newman joined Cooper Robertson in 1984, became a partner at Cooper Robertson in 1998, and is a member of the firm’s management committee. The American Institute of Architects elevated him to the College of Fellows in 2015. He has worked with the firm on more than forty museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale Center for British Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other significant projects include Gettysburg, Monticello, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Scott received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. He is a registered architect in thirteen states.

About Erin Flynn, RA, LEED AP
Erin Flynn, RA, LEED AP, is an architect and senior associate at Cooper Robertson with 20 years of experience in museum, hospitality, and university projects. She joined Cooper Robertson in 2010 and was named an associate in 2014. At Cooper Robertson, she has been instrumental as a project architect on the new Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as other cultural and museum projects.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Oregon in 1997, is a registered architect in New York State, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.