Universal Design and Creating an Inclusive Museum Environment
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
262 America's Center
As the National Park Service and its private partner CityArchRiver planned the expansion of the new Museum at the Arch in St. Louis, universal design principles were applied to the building and exhibit designs to create an inclusive and enabling museum environment. The underground museum posed significant environmental challenges, and universal design proposals were sometimes in conflict with historic preservation goals. This session will focus on the challenges, process, and solutions that led to a successful outcome.
- Learn about universal design as a tool that supports diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion for visitors and staff.
- Learn how design allows users with sensory limitations and mobility and cognitive challenges to navigate and engage with the museum.
- Learn about a collaborative design process that includes museum staff, stakeholders, designers, and a committee of user experts.
Director of Construction
Anna Leavey, Associate AIA, CCM, LEED AP is Program Manager with CityArchRiver for the new Museum at the Arch in St. Louis.
Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Scott Newman FAIA is a partner with the architecture firm Cooper Robertson, and is partner-in-charge of the new Museum of the Arch project in St. Louis. He has led projects with over 35 museums nationally and abroad. Cooper Robertson was named the number one design firm for museums in the US by Architectural Record in 2013.
Owner / Director
Haley Sharpe Design Limited
William Haley - As Founder of hsd, Bill brings over 35 years of master-planning, design and coordination experience, specializing on landmark North American projects.