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; these include 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 its 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.
Architecture: We work collaboratively with architectural teams and as independent designers to define, develop and deliver a complete architectural project. The design of museum buildings, from conceptual sketch through full documentation, is the heart of our expertise.
Exhibition Design: We approach each exhibition as an innovative collaboration, putting design in the service of curatorial objectives. For both temporary and permanent installations, we start with the objects or thematic material that is the exhibition's focus and design wall surfaces, material supports, cases and lighting with a systematic integration of conservation standards.
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 delineate a project’s size, character and organization and that remain relevant conceptual frameworks throughout the design process, while leaving sufficient latitude to the design team to adapt and reinterpret their directives.
Design Review: We perform independent project reviews that clarify objectives, 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.
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.