National Museum of African American History and Culture (Programming Phase)
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
(Programming + Planning)
Architectural Design, Interior Design
Design Firm – Freelon Bond
Project Designer – Peter Provost (Project Completed while a Sr. Designer/Associate at The Freelon Group)
In October 2007, The Smithsonian Institution (SI) engaged the Freelon Bond team to provide Pre-design and Programming services for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Working in association with Lord Cultural Resources, Amaze Design, and other engineering and specialty consultants, the planning team produced this Pre-design and Programming document.
Through a dynamic, comprehensive process, the team completed an extensive work plan including the following: Exhibition master plan workshops with the NMAAHC staff; Eight public meetings in cities across the country; Audience research and market analysis to understand the public’s attitudes and perceptions; Collections storage planning and the development of general museum requirements; Collaborative meetings with the Smithsonian Institution and the NMAAHC staff; Extensive analysis of the site, building requirements, and capital costs.
Following the Programming Phase, provided design leadership and team coordination during the invited international design competition. Responsibilities included building program development and overall Master Facilities Program alignment, concept development and diagramming, final board layout and graphics.
In April 2009, the Freelon Adjaye Bond SmithGroup team was selected by the Smithsonian Institution to build the new museum, chosen over five other teams including Norman Foster and Diller, Scofidio & Renfro