Project Experience

I have organized my project experience into 6 categories that best represent the client´s overall motivation. Select which one best relates to your project or scroll down to see them all:

A Window Into Research

History for Today

Learning and Imagination

21st Century Nature

Soft Power: Tourism and Reputation

Inspiring Action

 

A Window Into Cutting-Edge Research

A museum or visitor centre can be an excellent way for stakeholders, students and members of the public to discover what is unique and outstanding in what you do. The briefs for these projects were all about finding a sustainable way for people to experience the impact of new knowledge and become actively engaged in discovery and exploration.  

Riceworld. International Rice Research Institute. Los Banos, Philippines. Developing a new concept, interpretive plan and sustainability plan for visitor centre for international NGO. 


Erasmus Centre, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, Amsterdam. 2016-2017

Principal Consultant, Concept, Utilisation and Design for renovation of business to business centre at ESTEC. With Kossmann.dejong and Lord Cultural Resources.

NaMu Bayern (Biotopia), 2015-2016

Project Lead, Principal Consultant, Master Plan for new life and environmental sciences museum in Munich, German. With Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Lord Cultural Resources. 

 

History for Today

History museums are increasingly looking for ways to make the past relevant for people today. In each of these projects, I developed innovative ways to excite diverse people in the possibilities provided by their histories.

Museum and Archive of Constitution Hill (MARCH), Johannesburg, 2020

Institutional Plan for new museum

MEG Musée Ethnographie Geneve, Geneva, 2018-2019

Strategic Plan to decolonize the museum

Jerusalem Exhibition, Jewish Museum, Berlin, 2017

Interpretive Planning, Content for 18-month exhibition during revamp of permanent exhibition. With Kossmann.dejong.

 

Virtual Museum of Canada, 2015

Principal Consultant, Project Lead to develop new concept and directions for national virtual museum. with Lord Cultural Resources

Khor Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 2014-2015

Principal Consultant. Developing concept, feasibility study for major new heritage and culture district in Dubai. With Lord Cultural Resources and  CH2M Hill.

Metro Museums, Dubai, UAE, 2014- 2015

Principal Consultant, Content development and interpretive planning for 6 x museums in Metro Stations in Dubai. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

Bihar Museum, Patna, India, 2014-2015

Principal Consultant, Script editor for text and treatments for new history museum. With Lord Cultural Resources (India).

 

Al Maktoum Hospital Museum, Dubai, UAE, 2013- 2016

Principal Consultant. Developing concept, interpretive plan and program plan and schools’ materials for new museum. Concept based on idea of ‘participative museum’. Developing crowd-sourced, social media based permanent exhibition. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

Normandy Institute, National World War 2 Museum, New Orleans, USA, 2014-2015

Project Manager, feasibility study for new educational residential centre in Normandy, France. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

 

Buxton Museum, “Collections in the Landscape”, Derbyshire, England, 2013-2014

Project Manager, Principal Consultant- concept, content development and mobile development, app to connect to visitors at key archaeological and geological sites outside the museum. Basis for successful HLF grant application for £869,000. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

 

David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre, Scotland, 2013-4

Project Manager, Principal Consultant- Master Plan. Leading project to develop vision, positioning and master plan to turn David Livingstone birthplace and site into major destination with benefit to local community.  With Gareth Hoskins architects and Lord Cultural Resources.

Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Canada 2011-2013

Project Manager, Principal Consultant- Public Engagement Strategy and Implementation. Created website: “My History Museum”-  winner of prestigious Muse award from American Association of Museums. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

 

Wind River Virtual Museum, Wyoming, PBS, Wyoming, USA, 2011-2013

Senior consultant, stakeholder engagement, for virtual museum connecting eastern Shoshone and northern Arapho tribes with their ancestral artifacts, stories and indigenous knowledge. Wyoming, USA. With Lord Cultural Resources and Alpheus Media

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, Canada, 2011-12
Project Manager, Principal Consultant. Program Plan to support new permanent exhibition.  Researcher into on-line behaviour and motivations of Canadian youth 18-24 years. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

 

National Museum of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria, 2008

Senior consultant, Development Plan with Lord Cultural Resources. 

South End Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 2007

Strategic Planning for sustainability and development of local history museum

Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, RSA, 2002-3

Project Manager: Children’s Center turn-key exhibition. Senior consultant, concept development, program plan with Ochre Heritage.

 
 

Learning and Imagination

Museums and cultural centres are places of informal learning. They can help young and old gain important 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, empathy, and imagination.

Caixabank Hub, Barcelona, 2018

Concept development for new financial literacy space for major Spanish bank. With MediaPro

Ibrahim Bodur Children’s Science Centre, Çanakkale, Turkey, 2016-2017, 2018-ongoing

Project Lead, concept, sustainability and facility plans for new Children’s Science Centre. Currently lead curator to develop exhibition based on themes of biomimicry, smart cities, marine life and space. 

Bangladesh Navy Museum, Bangladesh Navy, Dhaka, 2017

Interpretive Planning, Content and Strategy, new Navy museum. With ARUP and MDMM architects and Kossmann.dejong. 

Patna Science Centre, Patna, India, 2014-2016

Principal Consultant, Developing concept, interpretive plan and program plan for new museum. With Lord Cultural Resources (India). 

Parlamentarium, European Parliament Visitor Center, Brussels, Belgium, 2012- 2015

Project Manager, Principal Consultant, developing educational programme on personal media guide for award-winning visitor centre, using technology to delivery experience of democracy and active citizenship in 24 languages. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C., 2011-2014

Project Manager, Principal Consultant- interpretive plan for children and youth exhibition; learning program plan for children, adults, schools; resource gallery concept plan; media and community engagement specialist on exhibition team with Ralph Appelbaum and Associates and Lord Cultural Resources.

La Biosphère, Montreal, Canada 2011-2012

Project Manager, Principal Consultant, Concept and Content Development to develop dynamic and interactive high and low tech game. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 2008- 2011.

Project Manager, Principal Consultant, concept and program development- the Keystone, center for creativity and innovation for youth. Interim website; supporting client in ongoing strategic positioning and communication for overall project. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, RSA, 2002-3

Project Manager: Children’s Center turn-key exhibition. Senior consultant, concept development, program plan. With Ochre Heritage. 

21st Century Nature

Climate Change is one of the most important issues of our time. It is forcing us to completely reconsider our relationship with the natural world. This impetus is seen most frequently in work relating to parks, gardens, but also life science and natural history museums. 

Western Sydney Parklands Southern Parklands Vision, 2016-2017

Principal Consultant focusing on vision, visitor experience, arts integration in major park in new western city. For Lord Cultural Resources. With Anderson Hunter Horn and Roberts Day, Sydney, Australia. 2018 AILA NSW Award for Landscape Planning

 

NaMu Bayern (Biotopia), 2015-2016

Project Lead, Principal Consultant, Master Plan for new life and environmental sciences museum in Munich, German. For Lord Cultural Resources. With Ralph Appelbaum Associates

 

Barangaroo Activation Strategy, Sydney, Australia, 2014-2-15. Principal Consultant developing strategy for events, programmes, and activities for 22 hectar, $6-billion major urban renewal project in Sydney. With Andersen Hunter Horne

 

WTown Beijing, Beijing, China, 2013

Principal consultant to develop concept and program plan for cultural, recreation and eco-activities at major new biomes destination planned for outside Beijing. With Grimshaw Architects and Lord Cultural Resources 

Buxton Museum, “Collections in the Landscape”, Derbyshire, England, 2013-2014

Project Manager, Principal Consultant- concept, content development and mobile development, app to connect to visitors at key archaeological and geological sites outside the museum. Basis for successful HLF grant application for £869,000. With Lord Cultural Resources. 

King Nehale Cultural Centre, Etosha National Game Park, Namibia, 2003

Senior consultant, program concept plan, Namibia. For Ochre Heritage, Johannesburg. 

 

Soft Power: Tourism and Reputation

Museums can enhance a city or country´s influence amongst tourists and residents alike. The impetus for developing a museum or cultural centre can be economic- to attract tourists and/or investment and/or can be to build the reputation of a place even among those who may never visit. 

AlUla Heritage Sites, AlUla, Saudi Arabia 2020 Contemporary Art Concept Development with Manifesto

Olympique de Marseille, Marseille 2018 Concept and Business Plan with MediaPro

Abu Dhabi Pavilion, Expo 2020, 2018 Concept and Interpretive framework, with Atelier Brückner.

 

Shenzhen Planning Museum, MOCAPE, Shenzhen, 2017 Concept and Curatorial Framework, Invited Design Competition (shortlist) with Kossmann.dejong

Khor Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 2014-2015

Principal Consultant. Developed concept, feasibility study for major new heritage and culture district in Dubai. With CH2M Hill. For Lord Cultural Resources.

Bihar Museum, Patna, India, 2014-2015

Principal Consultant, Script editor for text and treatments for new history museum. For Lord Cultural Resources.

WTown Beijing, Beijing, China, 2013

Principal Consultant to develop concept and program plan for cultural, recreation and eco-activities at major new biomes destination planned for outside Beijing. With Grimshaw Architects. For Lord Cultural Resources. 

National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, 2012

Project Manager, Principal Consultant, Environmental Scan and Strategic Directions Report for new proposition for art for the 21st century for world-class national museum. For Lord Cultural Resources. 

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 2008- 2011.

Project Manager, Principal Consultant, concept and program development- the Keystone, center for creativity and innovation for youth. Interim website; supporting client in ongoing strategic positioning and communication for overall project. For Lord Cultural Resources. 

Oakville Digital Media and Animation Hub, City of Oakville, Canada, 2010-11

Senior Consultant, concept development. For Lord Cultural Resources. 

 

Region 9 Regional Tourism Organization, Ontario, Canada, 2010

Project Manager, Senior Consultant. Tourism product development and experience assessment, arts cultural and heritage tourism,

Ministry of Tourism, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2008

Project Manager, senior consultant, culture and heritage tourism research study. For Lord Cultural Resources. 

 

National Museum of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria, 2008

Senior Consultant, Development Plan. For Lord Cultural Resources.

Greater Kliptown Development Project Johannesburg Development Agency, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2004-5

Project Manager. Managed the development of the planning and implementation for new museum. Included developing Master Plan, Program Plan (including Educational program), Managing turn-key exhibition, liaison with developers, architects, heritage council, and community. For Ochre Heritage, Johannesburg. 

 

King Nehale Cultural Centre, Etosha National Game Park, Namibia, 2003

Senior Consultant, program concept plan, Namibia. For Ochre Heritage, Johannesburg. 

 

Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, RSA, 2002-3

Project Manager: Children’s Center turn-key exhibition. Senior consultant, concept development, program plan. For Ochre Heritage. Johannesbburg. 

 

Inspiring Action

Riceworld, International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines, 2018. Concept Development, Interpretive Plan, Sustainability Plan. 


Erasmus Centre, European Space Agency, 2016-2017

Principal Consultant, Concept, Utilisation and Design for renovation of business to business centre at ESTEC, Noordwijk, Amsterdam. With Kossmann.dejong

Ibrahim Bodur Children’s Science Centre, Çanakkale, Turkey, 2016-2017

 Project Lead, concept, sustainability and facility plans for new Children’s Science Centre focused on biomimicry, smart cities, marine life and space. With Lord Cultural Resources. 


Parlamentarium, European Parliament Visitor Center, Brussels, Belgium, 2012- 2015

Project Manager, Principal Consultant, developing educational programme on personal media guide for award-winning visitor centre, using technology to delivery experience of democracy and active citizenship in 24 languages.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2009-10

Project Manager, Community engagement, Inauguration strategy. Designed and led a major community engagement process to 21 cities across Canada with the Content Advisory Committee. With Lord Cultural Resources. 


Museum of AIDS in Africa, South Africa, Master Planning, Operations, 2007-2012. 

 

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