Museoplan is a multidisciplinary consulting practice working with museums, private collectors, and architects to design the presentation of cultural collections. We offer a broad range of services intended both for institutions and for design professionals, including gallery planning and exhibition design, needs analysis and programming, as well as architectural design and urban planning for cultural projects.
Museoplan was founded in 2006; its two principals, Stephen Rustow and Caroline Voss, have over four decades of design experience on internationally recognized museum projects including the Musée du Louvre, MoMA, and the Musée d’Orsay among many others.
Museoplan is located in New York City but the practice is international in scope. Since its founding, Museoplan has designed and completed projects in the US, Europe and Asia and collaborated on museum projects with many prominent architectural firms including Herzog & de Meuron, Tadao Ando Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, KPF, among others. We have also worked directly with institutional and private collectors on the design of exhibitions and gallery installations.
Exhibition Design: We approach each exhibition as an innovative collaboration, putting design in the service of curatorial objectives. The comprehensive treatment of wall surfaces, cases, material supports and lighting, with the systematic integration of conservation standards, is key to the success of both temporary and permanent exhibitions.
Architecture: We see the design of museum buildings, from preliminary sketch through development and documentation, as the heart of our expertise. We can work collaboratively with architectural teams and as independent designers to define, develop and deliver a complete architectural project.
Needs Analysis & Programming: We evaluate existing museum facilities and the development potential of expansion sites, including zoning and massing studies. We write program briefs that clearly delineate a project’s size, character and organization and which continue to be relevant conceptual frameworks throughout the design process, while leaving sufficient latitude to the design team to adapt and reinterpret their directives.
Urban Planning: We understand art institutions as key elements in urban development that play a growing role in reinvigorating city centers and anchoring new urban districts. We study each project in its urban and regional context and help institutions develop strategies that take full advantage of their urban potential.
Design Review: We perform independent project reviews that keep objectives clear, refocus the design effort on essentials and evaluate the appropriate use of resources. These may occur at specific milestones, or over the life of a project.