SmithGroup at 2023 Building Museums Symposium

Join SmithGroup thought leaders at the following sessions and workshops at the 2023 Building Museums Symposium in Atlanta, March 12-14, 2023. Building Museums is a national symposium on the process, promise and pitfalls of planning and managing museum building projects. Register through the conference website to attend.


Sunday, March 12 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 
Ready Aim Build: A Museum Planning Workshop 
The day-long workshop will feature Jamē Anderson, Ivan O’Garro, Chris Wood and Sarah Ghorbanian 
Learn to successfully manage any planning, building or capital project. SmithGroup's cultural experts will present a step-by-step process that takes you from project inception through opening day and beyond. Along with partner experts from Chora Creative, Clark Construction, Cumming Cost Consultants, Gallagher and Associates, and a special guest keynote from Wes Mosman Block, the deputy director of the future Wisconsin History Center. The team will review best practices and common pitfalls in museum projects. Advanced registration and additional fee required. 


Tuesday, March 14 | 10:15 – 11:30 AM 
At A Crossroads: Diversity and Inclusion in Architecture and Museums 
Ivan O’Garro 
This panel discussion will examine the impacts of greater racial, cultural and gender inclusion in architectural practice and the design of cultural spaces. Joining Ivan O’Garro on the panel are Malcolm Davis and Jared Serwer of Perkins&Will and Burt Pinnock of Baskervill.


Tuesday, March 14 | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM 
Integration of the Oldest Synagogue in Washington, DC into a New Museum 
Hal Davis 
A case study of the soon-to-open Capital Jewish Museum in Washington, DC. The new museum institution incorporates a c. 1876 synagogue structure that has resided in two previous locations in the city. Presented with Vance Freymann and Jack Trainor of Consigli Construction, as well as Andrew Coulomb, chief operating officer of Capital Jewish Museum.