The Museum Lab is an interdisciplinary, research-based seminar that bridges the professional world of museum design practice and academic study and explores trends in museums and how designers, curators, educators, and media developers collaborate in the creation of effective museum experiences. Led by Tim Ventimiglia, the Museum Lab is beginning its seventh year as an elective seminar for students of the Parsons School of Design and is taught at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. This weblog is an informal forum for discussing issues relevant to the class and contains posts that have been voluntarily submitted by students.

Tim Ventimiglia has been an SCE Adjunct Professor and is a Project Director and Associate at Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), a design practice specializing in museum planning and exhibition design. Over the last 15 years he has worked with a wide range of museum professionals, architects and consultants and has completed projects for the Vienna Musician’s Memorials, IBM, Liberty Science Center, the Corning Museum of Glass Innovation Center, the Intel Museum, Grand Teton National Park Visitor Center and The Chemical Heritage Foundation. He also directed the design of the recently opened Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center  and SC Johnson’s Project Honor. He is currently directing work on a number of commissions including the Utah Museum of Natural History, The Big Well Museum and the International African American Museum. He has received awards from the Industrial Designers of America, and a Top Honor Award from the Society of Environmental and Graphic Design. He has been a visiting design studio professor at Cornell University, Haus der Architektur in Graz, Austria and Cornell Studio in Berlin, Germany. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University. Tim is available by email at ventimit@newschool.edu.

Heather Christensen Smith, Museum Lab Assistant, is completing her thesis as a graduate student in the Masters of History and Decorative Arts Program at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum – Parsons The New School for Design where she is a Dean’s Scholar and Curatorial Fellow in the Prints and Drawings Department. Previously she worked at the Guggenheim Foundation. She was awarded entry into the ISE’s Program for Emerging Curators where she exhibited seven contemporary New York artists in her independently-curated exhibition “Neither Here Nor Now: Transformations in Time, Space and Perspective.” Heather holds a Bachelors Degree in Literature with Honors from University of California, Santa Cruz. Heather is available by email at chrih727@newschool.edu.