Toward a human-centered approach to art museum design: Learning from volunteers' perceptions and experiences

Altaf Engineer, Sandra M. Bernal Cordova

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Abstract

This study advocates a human-centered approach to art museum design based on perceptions and experiences of users at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon conducting in-depth surveys, the results and discussions are informed by the statistical evidence of the relationship between levels of occupant satisfaction, workspace design, and comfort. The study reveals how award-winning designs may fail to address architectural and interior design principles when lacking adequate accessibility and wayfinding, leading to subsequent obstacles in operations, maintenance, and management. It builds on a previous post-occupancy evaluation of museum users, which included visitors and staff, by adding a post-occupancy evaluation of volunteers, who were found to be a valuable resource for developing a comprehensive set of evidence-based design recommendations for future art museums and their additions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Architecture
  • Evidence-based Design
  • Museums
  • Volunteers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Urban Studies

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