Conference – The Future of Museum and Gallery Design


“Knowledge is power”. November 13th marked the commencement of the three-day intellectual and informative art conference – “The Future of Museum and Gallery Design” which took place at Graduate House, University of Hong Kong. Co-organised by University of Leicester, the K11 Art Foundation and the UKTI, the event was a ground-breaking academic conference in Hong Kong which has impressively gathered over 65 speakers from 16 different countries, representing a long list of art institutes, museums, commercial galleries and governmental organisations including University of Arts London, University of Nottingham, National Museums Liverpool, Leisure service and Cultural department to name a few. For audiences to receive well-rounded perspectives and insights, there were speakers with diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. This conference says a lot beyond merely an academic sharing, it further endorses the idea of globalisation, for both the art market and the people running it through Keynote presentations, papers, panels and workshops.

More than 150 museum professionals, museum, gallery and exhibition designers and museum design researchers from around the world converge on Hong Kong for this conference, initiated and led by Suzanne MacLeod, Head of the School of Museum Studies, to explore new approaches to and future developments in design for the cultural sector.

The conference adopted an academic format but with a rather less serious approach incorporating focused group discussions and interactive workshops. Some speakers tackled this topic with a theoretical framework whereas others have shared their current roles through case studies. On the last day of the three-day conference, the interactive session pulled the participants together, and they dissected the topic “future museums” into three parts: process, product and legacy.

There is no model answer to creating a utopia for the future of museum and gallery design yet we all learned that the future of museum-building is an on-going public event, a collaborative process in which designers, architects, museum professionals, curators all contribute to creating museums to enhance visitors’ experience and engagement. The conference also drew together a critical and international mass of expertise from a range of cultural traditions in order to create a dynamic forum for the sharing of ideas and the development of new skills and knowledge. It showcased leading-edge approaches to the design of 21st century museums and galleries, provided a platform for new research and thinking on museum design and generated new insights that will inform thinking and practice across the sector.




Top 20 Principles for The Future of Museum and Gallery Design

The Future of Museum and Gallery Design must….

  1. Be inclusive – museum designers must place visitors at the centre of everything they do.
  2. Be collaborative – the best museum and gallery design will draw on expertise from design and from research and find new ways to merge design knowledge with museum knowledge.
  3. Be non-hierarchical – true collaboration means teamwork and the museum sector needs new ways of doing museum design which remove hierarchies and truly value the expertise of both professionals and the public.
  4. Develop new strategies for participation and co-curation – we need a greater understanding of how different modes of museum making can work effectively in different contexts.
  5. Be multi-sensory – museum experiences must engage the whole human being, body and mind.
  6. Prioritise social interaction – museum designers must develop and share new methods for enabling and supporting interactions amongst groups of visitors and amongst strangers – this is essential to their social role.
  7. Be action-orientated – museum designers must develop and share new prototypes for enabling diverse activities within the physical museum experience, recognising that museums are made through use as much as they are through design.
  8. Trust museum visitors to construct their own narratives and recognise the role of the museum maker as one of creating opportunities to access new ways of knowing – the exhibition narrative is not the same as the visitor experience.
  9. Take account of the local – museum makers must understand the local environment and respond to local user’s interests and needs.
  10. Be embedded in its environment – museums must find new ways of blurring the boundaries between the space and experience of the museum and the space and experience of everyday life.
  11. Find new and ethical ways of working which take account of the role of museums as socially responsible organisations and agents of social change
  12. Be real – museum makers must avoid or subvert the tendency in museums to build iconic objects and symbols and instead prioritise real people, real lives and use built forms to provide welcome and stimulate curiosity.
  13. Be human – museum design must avoid or evolve its tendency towards the spectacular and instead create meaningful content and experiences at a human scale.
  14. Be underpinned by high quality research – museum makers must find ways to make use of, direct, and consolidate the growing body of museum design research.
  15. Reach beyond narrow definitions of design – museum design and design thinking can make a positive and significant contribution to organisational change and sectoral change.
  16. Inspire – we need case studies of excellent practice to inspire us all and open up new possibilities for the cultural sector.
  17. Cross boundaries – we understand more about the museum as a medium the more we explore and experiment beyond the well-established models.
  18. Be strategic, visible, connected and organised – museum design is fragmented and the museum, design and research professionals involved in the development of museum design practice and research need to work together and share ideas in order to move the field forward.
  19. Be varied – we want a diverse museum landscape where difference is celebrated and divergent perspectives are explored and debated as a route to fostering understanding and tolerance.
  20. Be transformative – design has a key role to play in the democratisation of museums – it can drive as well as enact change. Let’s make it matter!


Our Top 20 Principles were drafted by participants in The Future of Museum and Gallery Design conference, November 2015. Thank you to everyone involved!



Special guest:

Visual artist and movie-maker, Julien de Casabianca

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Dr Lars Nittve, Executive Director M+

Mr Shing-wai Chan, Assistant Director (Heritage & Museums), Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)

Ms Eve Tam, Director, Hong Kong Museum of Art

Mr Yongwoo Lee, Executive Director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum

Ms Wang Wei, Founder and Director, Long Museum

Confirmed contributors include:

Anaïs Aguerre, Head of International Initiatives, V&A

Anaïs Aguerre was appointed as Head of National and International at the V&A in August 2012. Since May 2013, Anaïs is Head of International Initiatives contributing to providing strategic focus to the Museum’s international activity and is responsible for major international partnerships with a business development focus. Anaïs worked on the contract negotiation and set-up of a new dedicated core project team for the Shekou project for which she is project director overseeing the delivery phase. She is also the co-course director alongside Emmajane Avery (V&A Director of Learning and Visitor Experience) of ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programme’, a new V&A intensive course launched in November 2014 for museum learning professionals from across the globe. Prior to joining the V&A, Anaïs worked for six years at the British Museum on income generating and international activities. She was previously consultant at Ernst & Young in Paris and worked at the Lincoln Center in New York. Since 2009, Anaïs is also the general secretary of the Bizot Group. Anaïs graduated from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo). She was awarded a graduate certificate in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2011 and completed her MA in History of Art in 2013.

Tricia Austin, Course Leader, MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, UK

Tricia is an academic, PhD supervisor, author, and curator. Currently she is course leader for MA Narrative Environments and research leader for the Spatial Practices Programme at Central Saint Martins (CSM). She has lectured in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Seoul, and has devised and run collaborative projects with universities, businesses and local governments in China, the United States, South Korea, Germany and Turkey. In 2013, she curated the exhibition ‘The Museum of the Future’ in the OCAT Shenzhen Creative Festival and in 2014 she co-convened the international conference ‘Chaos at the Museum: the participatory turn in exhibition design’ in London. Prior to this, Tricia was a co-investigator on the €2m EU funded project “City and Art” in 2007-9 and in 2011-13 was the CSM lead on EU-PA, a European project to develop culture-led city regeneration methodologies, involving multiple stakeholders and producing exemplar case studies.

Christina Back, Head of Exhibition Design at the National Museum of Photography, The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark

Christina is an exhibition designer and Head of Exhibition Design at the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen; she has worked with spatial design within exhibition, installation and performance since 1998. She has collaborated with American artist Robert Wilson for eight years and works with an interdisciplinary expression based on abstraction, focusing her work on exploring the potentials of spatial non-textual interpretive exhibition design and the embodied multisensory exhibition encounter. Since 2013, Christina has initiated and managed a research project conducted at the National Museum of Photography, which focuses on the narrative potential of exhibition space, the issue of scenographic staging as part of a sensory-based interpretation strategy, and the visitor’s meaning-making in a staged environment. Christina holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.

Ben Barraud, Senior Exhibition Designer, Museum of New Zealand  Te Papa Tongarewa

Ben Barraud is a multi-disciplined designer who started his career in the film industry. For over 15 years he worked as an Art Director and Production Designer in New York, designing studio pictures, commercials, music videos and TV shows. In 2008 Ben relocated to New Zealand taking the position of senior exhibition designer at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa where he works with a team of collaborators to create original New Zealand exhibitions. He also oversees the design and installation of traveling exhibitions. In 2011 he accepted an 18 month contract as an Art Director on Peter Jackson’s, “The Hobbit” Trilogy while Te Papa granted him a temporary leave of absence. Returning to Te Papa in 2012, Ben began work on Gallipoli, the scale of our war’,  a collaboration between Te Papa and Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop. This exhibition merges museum design with film making techniques to create a uniquely immersive experience for the museum visitor.

Charlotte Bonham-Carter, Course Leader, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, UK

Charlotte is course leader for the MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise at Central Saint Martins. She is the author of The Contemporary Art Book (Goodman 2009, 2011 and 2013) and her current research interests include cultural policy, curating and arts management. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Visual Arts Management at Richmond University from 2011-2015, where she convened the MA in Visual Arts Management, and before that she held curatorial positions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Barbican Art Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London (2006-2011). Charlotte was Curator of Art on the Underground, the contemporary art programme of the Tube, from 2011-12, and also works as an arts management consultant.

Jim Broughton, Head of International Engagement at the Natural History Museum, London, UK

Jim is responsible for the Natural History Museum’s international partnerships and global business activities – including its travelling exhibitions programme and professional services division NHM Consulting. Jim worked previously at the British Museum, where he led a large team developing a new national museum for the United Arab Emirates – including the creation of the visitor experience from initial master plan to final gallery designs. Before this, as Head of Interpretation, he worked on a series of major exhibitions and several new permanent galleries. Previously, Jim worked within Scottish government, managing interpretation and display design for a national estate of more than 300 ancient monuments, and before that at WWT Consulting where his key projects included content development for the human culture galleries and outdoor trails at Hong Kong Wetland Park. Jim holds an MA in the Theory and Practice of Public Design from Chelsea School of Art and a BA in Sculpture from Birmingham School of Art. He sits on the Executive Committee of ICOM UK.

Dr. Matthew T. Carrano, Curator of Dinosauria, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History.

During the nearly 20 years since earning his PhD, Dr. Carrano has studied large-scale evolutionary patterns in dinosaurs over vast stretches of time.  Matt is also interested in storytelling techniques in popular culture and media, and brings both points of view to his role as the lead curator for an important new gallery at the Smithsonian Institution. During the nearly 20 years since earning his PhD, Dr. Carrano has studied the broad-scale evolution of dinosaurs, from their ecology to their form and function.

Eric Chan Pak-wing, Consultant, Antiquities and Monuments Office, LCSD, Hong Kong

Eric graduated from the City University London and Imperial College in the UK and was a senior structural engineer of Architectural Services Department, Government of HKSAR prior to his retirement. He has over 40 years of experience in building structures in United Kingdom and in Hong Kong and is now an in-house structural consultant to Antiquities and Monuments Office. He contributed a number of award winning headquarter buildings in UK with Ove Arup Partnership. His work in Hong Kong includes the infrastructures design in Tung Chung new town and was the project structural engineer for the design of Yuen Long Theatre, Tsing Yi Complex, Hong Kong Wetland Park and Visitor Centre and many other conservation projects such as Kom Tong Hall and Yau Ma Tei Theatre.

Pedith Chan, City University of Hong Kong

Dr Chan received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and M. Phil from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She served as the assistant curator of Chinese Fine Arts at the Hong Kong Museum of Art (1996-1999). She joined the City University in 2009. Her research interests center on the production and consumption of art and cultural heritage in modern and contemporary China. She is currently completing the book manuscript, The Making of a Modern Art World: Institutionalization and Legitimatization of Guohua in Republican Shanghai.

Shing-Wai Chan, Assistant Director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Shing-Wai Chan is currently an Assistant Director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, overseeing the management and operation of 14 public museums, Art Promotion Office, Film Archive, Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, Conservation Office, and Antiquities & Monuments Office in Hong Kong. He received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Archaeological Conservation from the University College London in 1987 and a Certificate in Paper Conservation from ICCROM in 1991, attended the Berkeley Executive Program at UC Berkeley in 2000 as well as the Museum Leadership Institute at Getty Center in 2008. He joined the conservation profession in 1985, and was elected Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) in 2009 and then the Council Member of IIC in 2012. With a keen interest to promote museum and conservation work in the region, he has served as an Honorary Advisor for the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong, the Records & Heritage Committee of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, as well as the Macau Museum, and is a founding member of the Hong Kong Curators Association.

Johnson Chang, Independent Curator and Director, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Chang Tsong-Zung (Johnson Chang) is an independent curator, guest professor of China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, and director of Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong. He has been active in curating Chinese exhibitions since the 1980s, and was recently co-curator of “Post-Pop: East Meets West” at Saatchi Gallery in 2014, and co-curator of the 2012 Shanghai Biennial. Current active projects include Jia Li Hall, a series of researches on Confucian rites and aesthetics; West Heavens, Sino Indian exchange in art and social thought; Yaji Garden (a project relating to the Yellow Box Projects), which investigates Chinese aesthetic space and culture of connoisseurship for contemporary practices; andInter-Asia School, which organised the “2014 Inter-Asia Biennale Forums” at the Taipei Biennial, Shanghai Biennial and Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2014.

Chia-Li Chen, Director of the Graduate Institute of Museum Studies, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan

Chia-Li is responsible for teaching museum education, and museums and contemporary social issues. She has published several papers in English based on visitor studies that have explored traumatic memories and memorial museums. Her research interests focus on three main areas: the engagement and representation in museums of disabled people and people with mental health issues; music and literary museums; and museums and human rights education. She is the author of Wound on Exhibition: Notes on Memory and Trauma (Artco Publisher, Taiwan), Learning, Recollection and Connection: A Study of Cultural Identities amongst Visitors to Local Museums in Taiwan (VDM Publishing House), and From Margin to Representation: The Museum and Cultural Rights (National Taiwan University Press). Chia-Li holds a PhD in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester.

Adrian Cheng, Founder, K11 Art Foundation

Adrian Cheng is the art pioneer who founded the K11 Art Foundation (“KAF”), a non-profit art foundation in China to incubate young contemporary artists and to promote public art education. By providing young emerging artists with a local, regional and international platform to gain greater public awareness, Adrian is the new generation to represent the contemporary Chinese art scene. Growing up in Hong Kong, Adrian also spent numerous years in the US and graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) honours degree. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and an Honorary Fellowship from Lingnan University in 2014. His Asian and Western experiences equipped him to bridge the best of both cultures and bring a new dimension to the community and beyond. Adrian Cheng is ranked among the ArtReview 2014 Power 100 list as one of the contemporary art world’s most influential figures. He is a Board Member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and member of the Interim Acquisition and Museum Committee, a Board Director of the National Museum of China Foundation, Director of CAFAM Funds of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Trustee of Royal Academy of Arts, Visiting Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Member of TATE’s Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee and Member of International Circle of Centre Pompidou.

Jin-geun Cho, Team Manager, Curatorial Team 1 at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Jin-geun is responsible for leading Curatorial Team 1 at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, which is the only national museum in Korea dedicated to arts, design, and architecture. He is in charge of planning exhibitions and programmes for the museum. He has 20 years of experience in the field as a curator, project manager and academic, and his expertise covers a broad range of contemporary art. Recently, Jin-geun has become interested in the relationship between the art museum (as an institution) and society. He holds a first degree, MA and PhD in Aesthetics.

Dah-young Chung, Assistant Curator at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Dah-young is an assistant curator at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, which is the only national museum in Korea dedicated to arts, design and architecture. She has worked on architecture, design and site-specific projects at the museum. She is the first curator specialized in architecture in the country and her major exhibitions include Figurative Journal Chung Guyon Archive, an exhibition about Korean architect Chung Guyon, which was selected as an Exhibition of Year 2013 by Korea Joongang Daily and awarded German Design Award 2015 and Red Dot Design Award in 2013. She is interested in urban history and theory and is currently developing an interdisciplinary project about identifying under-explored museum space at MMCA. Dah-young holds a first degree in Architecture and an MA in Urban Planning.

Nina Colosi, Founder and Creative Director of Streaming Museum, New York, USA

Nina founded Streaming Museum in 2008 for the production and presentation of the arts and exhibitions on seven continents; these have been viewed by millions in public spaces, partnering cultural venues and via Among other programs, she produced and curated The Project Room for New Media and Performing Arts at Chelsea Art Museum in New York City (2003-2010) and “Digital Art @Google”, an exhibition and public program series at Google’s New York City headquarters. She has participated in numerous international conferences and writes about the interconnections between the arts and world affairs. In her early career, Nina was an award-winning electronic music composer after receiving a Master degree from Manhattan School of Music, NYC. She is a board member of World Council of Peoples for the United Nations.

Julien de Casabianca

In 2014, Julien initiated his Outings Project, a global participative street art action, made by 200 people in 30 countries, from Pakistan to the USA. His work is always related to the street. He has been invited to show his work in many museum, including Ixelles Museum in Belgium and Geneva Art & History Museum in Swizterland. Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prize in Literature, wrote for Julien his first movie, a short-film, Night After the Rain, totally filmed in imaginary city streets. The pianist Yaron Herman created the original soundtrack. For his first feature-lengthe movie, Passing by, he shot over three years in the streets of 44 cities in 22 countries, only anonymous passersby. A movie hailed by the famous director Costa-Gavras, who wrote he was “deeply moved and touched on the very heart”. The Tokyo University of Arts invited Julien de Casabianca for projections and master-class, and the famous plastician Koheï Nawa chose him to inaugurate a cycle of projections at his art residencies in Kyoto. Passing by, also became an art video installation on forty screens on the facade of the 4th District Paris city hall, showed to passersby, order by Christophe Girard, inaugurated and sponsored by Mrs Charlotte Rampling. Since 1999, he is participative artistic project initiator and actor. From 1999 to 2002, he was a member of 59 Rivoli. In 2002 he created a new occupied building named Laboratory of Creation, which is now sponsored by the City of Paris.

Joel Alexander S. de Leon, Assistant Curator and Exhibition Designer, Ateneo Art Gallery, Philippines

Joel Alexander S. de Leon is an assistant curator and exhibition designer of the Ateneo Art Gallery, the university museum of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He is the exhibition designer of the Ateneo Art Awards from 2004 up to the present. He is an artist, a painter and a sculptor. He has completed a bachelor degree in Philosophy and masters courses in Theology and Psychology.

Arnaud Dechelle, Senior Lecturer, Design for Exhibition and Museums, School of Design and Architecture, University of Lincoln and Interpretive Designer for Exhibitions and Museums

Arnaud Dechelle is an Interpretative Designer based in London with over seventeen years of experience in the design for exhibitions and museums. Arnaud was an Associate Lecturer on the Master of Arts in Narrative Environments at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London, between 2005 and 2010. Since 2013 Arnaud is teaching as a Senior Lecturer for the BA Hons in Design for Exhibition and Museums at the School of Architecture and Design within the University of Lincoln. Over the last few years Arnaud has presented papers at various international conferences such as the Peace Conference about ‘Post-conflict, Cultural Heritage and Regional development’ in Wageningen in 2013, the conference ‘New Museums, New Collections’ in Warsaw in December 2013, the conference ‘Remembering in a Globalising World’ in France in 2014 and recently the conference on ‘The Inclusive Museum’ in New Delhi in August 2015

Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Professor of New Media, Aalto University, Finland

Lily Díaz is Professor of New Media at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland where she leads the Systems of Representation research group that works in areas such as digital cultural heritage, information design, interface design, visualization and virtual reality. Her art and design work has been shown at venues such as Ars Electronica, Center for Architecture–AIA New York, Design Museum Helsinki, International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal, Gallen Kallela Museum in Espoo, Maritime Museum of Finland, and Royal Academy of Arts in London. She is a frequent guest and participant in conferences with more than 70 publications in design, information communications technology and new media art.

Pauline Dolovich, Architect and Principal, Reich+Petch Architects.

Pauline Dolovich is a licensed architect who has specialized in museums and exhibit projects since she joined Reich+Petch in 1998. In 2011, she became a Principal of the firm. Pauline has produced many projects both locally and internationally for clients such as the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, ON and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She specializes in working on large-scale museum projects that involve large teams of specialists and object-rich and complex installations. Her award-winning work at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History began with the Behring Hall of Mammals and since that time she has worked on 4 major galleries for the Museum. Her experience there continues with their newest gallery, Deep Time. Pauline is skilled at pushing the boundaries of design to create something new and meaningful. She is highly experienced with Universal Exhibit Design Guidelines and works to promote the concepts of accessibility and sustainability to the larger museum community. A LEED Green Associate, Pauline is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Canadian Museums Association, Ontario Association of Architects, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Tom Duncan, Duncan McCauley, Berlin

Tom Duncan is an architect and exhibition designer for museums and heritage sites. Together with Noel McCauley he is a founding member of the studio Duncan McCauley working for clients such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the State Museums of Berlin. He combines professional practice with academic research and teaching and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester, School of Museum Studies. His research looks at how the contemporary museum master plan can combine the spatial qualities of the architecture and built environment with the experiential and storytelling qualities of the museum experience. The research draws upon contemporary thinking about learning in museums, contemporary theorisations of the museum visit as a narrative experience and theorisations of architecture and film as a means to analyse and structure the spatial and time based qualities of the visitor experience.

Louise Fitton, Head of Content Production at the Natural History Museum, London, UK

Louise joined the Natural History Museum in 2007 to lead the team developing the public offer elements of the Darwin Centre and her current role involves building high-performing professional teams to ensure the development, production and delivery of the Museum’s public programme. Louise studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University before establishing her museum career in 1998, developing a series of exhibits for the Science Museum’s £50m Wellcome Wing. She went on to work for the Science Museum’s commercial arm, developing exhibitions for a range of external clients, most notably the major redevelopment of BNFL’s Sellafield nuclear plant visitor centre. Louise’s previous roles at the Natural History Museum include managing the interpretation of the permanent galleries, and setting up a multi-disciplinary department for the delivery of the Museum’s content.

Rosemarie Fitton, Senior Lecturer, Interior Design at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

An experienced design professional and academic, Rosemarie holds the post of Senior Lecturer in Interior Design at De Montfort University, Leicester, alongside other roles including Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) course and Subject Leader of the combined undergraduate and post graduate courses in Interior Design. She is the Founder and Creative Director of interior design practice Heterarchy (, a successful commercial interior design practice working across the UK from studios in Leicester and Birmingham. Her key research interests include the design of spiritual environments, including multi-faith space and exhibition space, and life-long learning in the design industries. Having designed the interiors for the new Swaminarayen Hindu Temple in Leicester (the second largest Hindu temple in the UK), Rosemarie is pioneering the contemporary interpretation of traditional values and beliefs, placing them within a context that facilitates broader understanding and engagement across cultural, spiritual and religious boundaries.

David Fleming OBE, MA, PhD, AMA, Director, National Museums Liverpool

David became director of National Museums Liverpool in 2001. Since his arrival he has supervised the completion of several major capital projects, including the £45 million Into The Future project, which featured major refurbishment of both the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum, and the opening of the International Slavery Museum. He has more recently overseen the creation and opening of the new £74 million Museum of Liverpool. Since he became Director of National Museums Liverpool audiences have quadrupled, rising from around 700,000 per year to more than 3.2 million. Before arriving in Liverpool, David was director of the multi-award-winning Tyne and Wear Museums for 11 years, where he led teams delivering major capital developments (including Newcastle Discovery Museum, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum) and massive audience growth. Prior to that he was principal keeper at Hull Museums, where his major projects included a new Transport Museum and The Old Grammar School. He started his museum career as founder-curator of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York. David has served on several Government committees and task forces. In 2002 he was named in the Independent on Sunday as one of the ten leading people in UK museums. He was awarded an OBE in the 1997 New Years Honours List for services to museums. He sits on a number of boards and governing bodies, and is currently President of the UK Museums Association (from April 2015). David has published extensively and has lectured and advised museums, municipalities and governments in more than forty countries on museum management and leadership, city history museums, museum ethics, cultural heritage management, social inclusion and human rights.

David Francis, Interpretation Office, British Museum, London

David Francis is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. His research focuses on the role narrative plays in museums. This includes the application of literary theory to understand how museum exhibitions operate as narrative spaces. He is also interested in the application of qualitative research methods to understand how museum visitors construct narratives from their museum experiences. David has worked as an interpretation officer at the British Museum for the past eight years. Exhibitions he has interpreted include, Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam and a History of the World in a Hundred Objects. Before working at the British Museum, David worked as a visitor research officer at Chester Zoo. David holds an MA in English literature from Leeds University.

Dr Jonathan Hale, an architect, Associate Professor and Reader in Architectural Theory at the University of Nottingham, Department of Architecture and Built Environment

Jonathan is an architect, Associate Professor and Reader in Architectural Theory at the University of Nottingham, Department of Architecture and Built Environment. His research interests include: architectural theory and criticism; phenomenology and the philosophy of technology; the relationship between architecture and the body; embodied experience in museums and exhibitions. Recent publications include a book for the Routledge series Thinkers for Architects on the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, (2016). Previous books include Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions, (Routledge 2012) co-edited with Dr Laura Hanks and Dr Suzanne Macleod of University of Leicester); Rethinking Technology: A Reader in Architectural Theory, (Routledge 2007) co-edited with William W Braham (University of Pennsylvania); and Building Ideas: An Introduction to Architectural Theory (Wiley, 2000) also published by China Architecture and Building Press, 2015. He is currently Head of the research group ‘Architecture, Culture and Tectonics’ (ACT) at Nottingham, and was previously founding Chair of the international subject network: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA). Website/blog:

Professor Hang Jian, PhD in Literature, Professor, China Academy of Art, Doctorial tutor and Director, Museums of CAA

Hang Jian has served as the editor in chief of Zhuangshi magazine, Tsinghua University; the head of the Art History Department, the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University; the associate dean of the Cheung Kong School of Art and Design, Shantou University; associate dean of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. He is currently a member of the Supervision Board for College and University Art Theory Education, the Ministry of Education; Director of the Chinese Artists Association; Associate Director of the Theoretical Council of Chinese Artists Association; Associate Director, Fine Art Institute, China National Academy of Painting; doctoral tutor of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University and doctoral tutor of the Graduate School, Chinese National Academy of Arts. Hang Jian has been devoted to research on Chinese art history for a long time and he is the inaugurator of the systematic research on Chinese arts and crafts history. From 1980s he started to participate in the development of contemporary Chinese art in the manner of theoretical criticism. In the 1990s his research direction changed to design history and design theory, trying to promote the development of culture creative industry and local Chinese design through his curatorial work for the international and national design exhibition.

Bill Haley, Founding Partner and Design Director of Haley Sharpe Design Ltd (hsd), UK

Bill’s enthusiasm for outstanding design prompted him to form Haley Sharpe Design (hsd) with fellow director, Alisdair Hinshelwood. Under their direction, the company has grown from a small UK-based agency, to an international design and planning consultancy with an unrivalled track record in the creation of dynamic arts, heritage and museum environments. Bill’s working practice is defined by his ability to tune into a client’s vision whilst bringing pragmatic solutions for the realisation of dramatic and often complex design schemes. Highlights from Bill’s practice at hsd include: National Space Centre, Leicester, UK, Museum in Docklands, London, UK, ConocoPhillips Corporate Museums, OK, USA, Historic Jamestowne, VA, USA, Brown v. Board of Education Interpretive Centre, Topeka, KS, USA, Alutiiq Native Corporation Museum, Kodiak, AK, USA, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Museum of Westward Expansion, St. Louis, MO, USA, Weeksville Heritage Centre, Brooklyn, NY, USA and, NMAH-American Enterprise Exhibit, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.

Professor Oscar Ho Hing Kay, Programme Director, MA Cultural Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Oscar Ho specializes in the practice and critical studies of cultural management, particularly in the area of visual arts, museum management and curatorship. He was formerly Exhibition Director at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Senior Research Officer at the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Government, and Founding Director of Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai. He is currently Programme Director of the MA programme in Cultural Management. He has been actively engaging in curatorial practice for over two decades, curating many exhibitions locally and internationally in Asia, Europe and North America. He has also been actively engaged in community cultural projects and is one of the pioneers in promoting community art in Hong Kong. He was a member of the Museum Advisory Group for the West Kowloon Cultural District, responsible for preparing the proposal for the new museum ‘M+’, and is a founding member of the board of Asia Art Archive and chairman of Art in Hospital. He was also a member of the International Committee of documenta 13. He writes regularly for local and international publications, including Art Forum, Newsweek, Art in Asia Pacific and Contemporary Art News, and is the founder of the Hong Kong Chapter of International Art Critics Association. His latest publications include: An Innocent City by Koç University (2014), Arts and Cultural Leadership in Asia by Routledge (2015), Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibition by National University of Art (2015).

Mette Houlberg Rung, Researcher and Art Interpreter at Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

Mette works as a researcher and art interpreter at Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark). Her research areas include museology, visitor studies and aesthetic experiences. In particular, she is concerned with the personal and temporal meeting between exhibition, artwork and museum user.  Besides research, Mette is engaged in planning, designing and producing temporary exhibitions as well as permanent galleries at Statens Museum for Kunst. Here her focus is on the narrative structure, the interpretative material and the user experience within the exhibition.  Mette has a background in art history and holds a PhD from the University of Leicester.

Hsu Huang, Associate Curator at the National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan

Hsu works in the Department of Exhibition at the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan as a planner and researcher, and has curated, conducted and designed many exhibitions in the past 20 years. His latest exhibition is “When the South Wind Blows – the Documentary Photography of Taixi Village”, which is the topic of his present study. Since 2011, Hsu has been the Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal: Museology Quarterly. Prior to his current role, Hsu was the first Director of the Lan-yang Museum of Ilan County in Taiwan, and a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. The practical experience of working in museums has generated his research interests in issues concerning, for example, relationships between knowledge and space, and the social responsibility of museum exhibitions.

Pernille Jensen, Exhibition Architect at the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

Over the past twenty years, Pernille has worked in interior design, furniture design, scenography in theater and film as well as exhibition design. Currently she works as an Exhibition Architect at the Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) in Copenhagen and is responsible for the visual concept, sketching and realization of the museum’s many temporary exhibitions. Pernille also supervises students in practical design projects connected to the museum and takes part in research projects concerning exhibition design and the use of exhibitions. She graduated as an Interior Designer and Stage Designer in 1993 from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Xiao Jing, Postdoctoral Fellow in History of Architecture at the City University of Hong Kong

Jing researches the post-war transformation of Asian cities. He has written for Habitat International, IDEA Journal and Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, and has given lectures at various institutions including the National University of Singapore, Villa I Tatti and Harvard Shanghai Centre. He has particular interest in the history of cultural exchange, art, science and technology, and theories of traditional landscape. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Nottingham; his PhD thesis looked at the tradition of the Chinese visual representation of architecture. Prior to this, in 2010, he joined the Group of Architectural History and Theory at McGill University as a graduate trainee, funded by a U21 PhD exchange award. He holds an MArch degree from Tongji University, China (2007).

Linda Johnson, Owner Madame Mao’s Dowry, Shanghai

A recent graduate from the MA Museum Studies programme at Leicester University, Linda trained originally as a lawyer with an LLB (Hons) from Warwick University (1978), an M.Phil. in Criminology from Cambridge University (1982) and a PhD in Social Sciences from Brunel University (1990). She qualified as a Solicitor (England & Wales) in 1981 and worked as a Law Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Hong Kong University (1986-1995) and at the University of Hertfordshire (1996-2000) before moving permanently to Shanghai in 2000. She has owned and operated a store and gallery in Shanghai since then, specialising in Mao Period propaganda art and contemporary design. Since 2011 Linda has also convened the Chinese Film Group for The Royal Asiatic Society in Shanghai. She has published in the area of Law and Ethics and since leaving academia has continued to write and deliver presentations on Mao Period propaganda and Chinese Film.

Magui Kämpf, Architect Scenographer and Creative director, M+E Design, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Magui studied Architecture and Urban Planning at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. After working for several years with ephemeral architecture, she moved to France to study MA Exhibition Design and Scenography at the National School of Architecture, in Nantes. She lived for three years in France and Germany, joined Atelier Bruckner’s team in Stuttgart, and developed several museum exhibitions. Back in Brazil, in 2011, she established her own office, M+E Design, in Rio de Janeiro. There, she and her partners have taken the opportunity to create innovative new languages and approaches for public communication and social engagement through immersive design, sensorial experiences and co-creative tools. Her aim is to use cultural and educational exhibitions as a major platform for social transformation in Brazil, promoting reflexive and critical thinking.

Cassandra Killington, Exhibition Designer for Leicester City Arts and Museum Service, Leicester, UK

Cassandra is based in Leicester, UK, and has worked as an exhibition designer since 1997. Prior to this, as a qualified 3D Designer, she worked across a range of architectural projects with an ever-increasing focus on visitor attractions. She works with a highly creative, experienced team that focuses on creating audience focussed experiential exhibits. Cassandra has worked on numerous exhibition projects including the development of new museums, the refurbishment of permanent galleries and touring exhibitions. More recently, she has been supporting students of Museum Studies to explore how exhibitions are developed and executed. Cassandra is particularly interested how we generate emotional responses in exhibitions through the use of design interpretation.

Dr Florian Knothe, Director, The University of Hong Kong Museum and Art Gallery

Florian Knothe studies and teaches the history of decorative arts in the 17th and 18th centuries with particular focus on the social and historic importance of royal French manufacture. He has long been interested in the early modern fascination with Chinoiserie and the way royal workshops and smaller private enterprises helped to create and cater to this long-lasting fashion. Florian started his career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Before joining The University of Hong Kong, where he serves as Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery, Florian was the curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass overseeing the European and East Asian departments. Florian holds honorary professorships at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and HKU’s Fine Arts department where he also teaches Museum Studies.

Andrew Lam, Director of 64 Museum and MOST (Museum of Site), Hong Kong

The existence of MOST is emblematic of a parallel voice of the conventional culture, institution and museum. Andrew Lam and Andy Tam initiated the provocative collective and alternative space MOST (Museum of Site), which has been a community-cum-alternative space in Hong Kong since 1994. MOST represents an expanding glocal curatorial purview and innovative platform, aiming to advance insightful perspectives and projects for the art community. MOST’s projects aim to re-contextualize exhibition strategies, re-imagine new approaches and stimulate new design in global frameworks and conceive experimental curatorial and museum notions of glocalism which refreshes the many levels of physical and psychological, historical and cultural realities. In the last 10 years, Andrew Lam has initiated a dynamic array of curatorial programmes for the Museum of Site, 64 Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences and MOCA-China in the capacity of Curator. MOST’s projects are presented in the Hong Kong Art Biennale, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Tashkent Biennale, Guangzhou Triennial, Gwangju Biennale, MAPP Singapore, ARCO Madrid, Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (HSL), Triennial di Milano (HSL), etc. MOST is currently negotiating an alternative museum space for dOCUMENTA in the POST-MUSEUM era.

Eileen Lam, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education

Dr Lam received her PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her doctoral research focused on a lavish group of jades discovered in princely tombs of the second century BC in south-eastern China. She was awarded the J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, before joining the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She lectures on Chinese Ritual Objects, Chinese Painting, Chinese Jade, Chinese Narrative, and Contextual Studies of Art. Her research focuses on the tomb art and materiality of art in ancient China.

Mr Lee Yongwoo, Executive Director of Shanghai Himalayas Museum

Yongwoo Lee is Executive Director of the Shanghai Himalayas Museum and President of IBA (International Biennial Association). He is chair professor of the Shanghai University and has taught at many different colleges across the United States and in Europe. He was founding Director of Gwangju Biennale in 1995 and President of Gwangju Biennale Foundation 2008-2014.

Peter Lester, Archivist and PhD Student at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Peter is a full-time Arts and Humanities Research Council Midlands 3 Cities funded doctoral student at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. His research project is entitled ‘The Archival Exhibition: new ways of creating meaning from archives and broadening access to our documentary heritage’. Peter is a qualified archivist with a Master’s Degree in Archives and Records Management from the University of Liverpool; his dissertation, which explored online archival exhibitions, was published in the Journal of the Society of Archivists in 2006. Peter worked for twelve years at Nottinghamshire Archives, a local authority archive service in the UK, initially as Archivist (Public Services) and more recently as Principal Archivist. His work here involved developing a learning and outreach policy for the service, managing the web site, and providing a range of learning opportunities including talks and exhibitions.

Ivy Lin, Curator of the Art Promotion Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong

Ivy is currently Curator of the Art Promotion Office in Hong Kong and leads on two art spaces: Oi!, the Oil Street Art Space and vA!, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre. Prior to this, Ivy served at the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and taught at the City University of Hong Kong and Shantou University, China. Ivy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Professional Diploma in Museum Studies from Sydney University. She has received the Philippe Charriol Most Potential Artist Award, a Goethe Institut Cultural Exchange Scholarship and Clore Leadership Fellowship, United Kingdom.

Zao Lin, Associate Professor of College of Humanities at Guizhou University, China

Zao completed her Postdoctoral research, A Study on Art and Public Space (2011) at Fudan University, China. Her areas of interest include Aesthetic Education, Art and Public, and Cultural Studies. She has been particularly interested in the intergrowth and synergism of art and public space in the cultural context of globalization. Her most recently published papers include National Art Museum of China: Architectural Space and Cultural Experience; The Generation of Fine Art in the Context of Oriental Culture and History; Cultural Turn and Life Turn; Reflection on Sculpture and Public Space-From the Cultural Source of Sculpture; Public significances of Art Museum.

Danyun Liu, Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer in Digital Media at the Guangdong University of Technology, China

An experienced interactive designer, Danyun is a talented person of the Ministry of Creative Culture in China, a member of the Guangdong Higher Education Animation Committee and was elected Vice Chairman of Guangzhou Popular Science Animation Association. She obtained an MA in Digital Media from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and was a Visiting Scholar at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. Her professional forte lies in interactive design, especially in interdisciplinary research around art, animation, science and technology, and she owns several patents. Her work has won more than 20 international and regional design competition awards, including Asia Digital Art Design Competition 2011, Asia Digital Art Design Competition 2013, South China Star Competition, and Seoul International Cartoon Animation Festival. With solid work experience of interactive projects in China and Singapore, and directing original and creative 2D and 3D interactive advertisements and products, Danyun has participated in the 2008 World Expo, 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2010 Asian Olympic Games and the Zhuhai Museum.

Annette Loeseke, Lecturer in Museum Studies at the New York University Berlin, Germany

Annette lectures in Museum Studies at the New York University Berlin; she is a regular guest lecturer in Visitor Studies at the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam (School of the Arts), and visiting lecturer at the Art History and East Asian Art History Departments at Free University Berlin and Heidelberg University. In summer 2015, she was a scholar in residence at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she worked on an article on intercultural exhibition models. Annette has carried out numerous visitor studies at the British Museum, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Shanghai Museum, the Asian Art Museum/National Museums in Berlin, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Her research interests include intercultural museum studies, intercultural curating and programming strategies, reception processes and practices, theories of the artwork/exhibit, and digital museum studies (non-linear exhibition formats). Annette holds a PhD in Art History; she studied Art History and Cultural Management in Munich, Bonn, Paris, and London. She currently lives in Berlin.

Sipei Lu, PhD student at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Sipei’s writing and curatorial projects investigate how art engages with social issues and what agency art institutions and curating have in this process. In particular, Sipei is interested in the opportunities, tensions and other dynamics brought about by socially engaged art practices in China. Her recent projects include ‘100 Stories of Migration’, a photographic and media exhibition at the School of Museum Studies in partnership with the Migration Museum Project, London, and ‘Research in-and-through Art’, an academic conference in collaboration with the Times Museum, Guangdon. Sipei is currently an editor of the Museological Review, a peer reviewed journal published by PhD student at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

Suzanne MacLeod, Director of the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Suzanne MacLeod is an academic in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester where she has worked since 1997. Her research interests focus on museum architecture and design and she has, over the last decade, worked to build an international network of museum design research which spans the academic, cultural and commercial sectors. She is author and editor of Reshaping Museum Space: Architecture, Design,Exhibitions (Routledge 2005), Museum Revolutions (2007 with Sheila Watson and Simon Knell), Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions (2012 with Jonathan Hale and Laura Hanks) and Museum Architecture: A New Biography (2013). Suzanne qualified as a graphic designer in 1989 and also has a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and an MA in Art Gallery Studies from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Architectural History and Theory from the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Victoria Manica, Designer and Principal, The Design Foundation

As Principal of The Design Foundation, Mrs. Victoria Manica is highly skilled at developing content through visual experiences and media environments. Her company works with a variety international museum and cultural institutions to generate effective ways to connect audiences to ideas and information. She is a 15-year veteran of the broadcast design industry, developing work for premier networks in Canada, the United States, and internationally. She spent ten years as Senior Art Director at Alliance Atlantis Communications and holds several university degrees, including a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture. She holds two diplomas in Graphic Design and Computer Animation and is a member of several design associations (including the International Council of Museums, the American Alliance of Museums, and the Art Directors Club of New York). She is also involved as an adjudicator for several design competitions and lectures on her work and the nature of design.

Tim McNeil, Director of the UC Davis Design Museum and Professor of Design at University of California Davis, USA

Tim’s research and teaching explore the exhibition space as a medium for the effective communication of objects and narratives. He has over 20 years of professional experience as a senior designer at the J. Paul Getty Museum and as a principal with the design firm Muniz/McNeil, developing over 180 exhibition and interpretive environments. Current projects include the Shrem Museum of Art, a 60,000 sq. ft. museum building opening in 2016, and “Re-envisioning Exhibition Design,” a series of international summits to advance academic understanding and elevate professional exhibition design practice. Tim has an MA in Exhibition Design from University of the Arts, London and a BA in Graphic Design from Middlesex University. His award winning work is featured internationally in multiple publications and he is a frequent writer and speaker on museum and design issues.

Dr Luisa Mengoni, Head of the V&A Gallery at Shekou Design Museum

As Head of the V&A Gallery at Shekou, Dr Mengoni supervises in Shenzhen the collaboration between the V&A and China Merchants Group for the establishment of a major museum of design in Shekou, where the V&A will have a dedicated gallery. She is also representing the V&A in China in relation to this project, with regular networking, outreach and advocacy work. Before this post she worked as a curator of Chinese art at the V&A for almost seven years, contributing to major gallery projects in London and to the exhibition Passion for Porcelain at the National Museum in Beijing, while fostering connections with academics, cultural institutions and creative practitioners in China. Holding a PhD in Chinese archaeology (UCL) she undertook extensive archaeological fieldwork in Sichuan and Yunnan and worked in Guizhou and Chongqing as a cultural heritage consultant. She taught Chinese art and archaeology at post-graduate level at UCL, SOAS, Christie’s Education and Sotheby’s Institute. She is currently interested in the new developments of Chinese design and crafts, from education to design practices and innovative solutions, and in the emergence of new museum models – private and public – in China. She is also keen in facilitating exchanges between the UK and China, particularly for academics, creative industries and museum/heritage professionals.

Anna Mikhailova, PhD Candidate, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Anna is a third year full time PhD student at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, the UK. Her research is focused on the history of spatial transformations of the State Historical museum (Moscow, Russia). Anna looks at the spatial history through the lens of facility management, organizational structure, professionalism, and urban context. She is currently in the middle of her studies doing field research, which includes both archival research and conducting interviews with the members of staff. The research goals are both theorising spatial transformations which took place at the SHM between the 1870s and the 1990s and bringing Russian museum practices into international museological discourse. Before starting her PhD, Anna was working in the field of museum digital technologies including social media, mobile apps, and marketing. Anna holds a specialist degree in Museum Studies from the St Petersburg State University and MA in Digital Heritage from the University of Leicester.

Dr Lars Nittve, Executive Director, M+

Dr Nittve joined West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in January 2011. He was formerly the director of the Moderna Museet from 2001 to 2010 and the first director of Tate Modern in 1998. Dr Nittve has over 30 years of international experience as a director, curator and educator of the arts, serving at the University of Stockholm, the Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, Sweden, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark. Dr Nittve is the author of several books and has served on the jury of numerous international prizes and been on the board of large number of arts organisations as well as being awarded a number of honours and prizes. In 2009 he was awarded a Ph.D at the University of Umeå, Sweden.  In 2013 he was named, by Le Nouvel Observateur, one of “The Fifty who Change the World”.  In 2014 the Art Review “Power 100” list ranked him as the number eight museum director in the world and as number one in Asia.

Geuntae Park, Assistant Curator at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Geuntae is Assistant Curator at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, the only national museum in Korea dedicated to arts, design and architecture. Since joining the museum, he has worked on various architectural exhibitions including the Young Architects Program in 2014 and 2015. As a curator and researcher, he is interested in the emergence of culture in urban strategies (such as culture-led regeneration and cultural urban branding), cultural policy and museum architecture. Prior to this, Geuntae studied Architecture and obtained an MA in Museum Studies. He recently completed his PhD in Museum Studies, University of Leicester; his thesis focused on the project of the Hub City of Asian Culture in Gwangju, Korea, which is the largest cultural investment in the nation’s history.

Stephen Petri, Designer and Principal, Reich+Petch Design International.

Stephen Petri is trained in architecture, environmental studies, and project management, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, ICOM International Council of Museum, and the Canadian Museums Association. His experience includes eight years as Director of Design at the Royal Ontario Museum, where he completed projects for a wide range of galleries. In 1997, he joined Reich+Petch and in 2008, became a Principal at the firm. Stephen has led Reich+Petch through multiple complex gallery design projects for the Smithsonian and other major museums across the U.S., Canada, and internationally. An excellent communicator and designer, he brings perspective and understanding of the institutional requirements faced by museums today. Stephen is the lead museum planner and exhibit designer for the award-wining Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. This project has been highly publicized and was named one of the top ten international projects of 2014 by Azure magazine.

Ane Pilegaard, Exhibition designer and PhD student at the Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Ane trained as a designer at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, where she specialized in Exhibition Design. Since 2011, she has worked at the Medical Museion, a research group and medical museum at the University of Copenhagen, first as an exhibition designer and research assistant in science communication, and since 2013 on a PhD project called Spatial-Material Exhibition Design Strategies in Medical Museums. Previously, she worked with art exhibition design at The National Gallery of Denmark and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art.

Jona Piehl, PhD candidate at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

Jona Piehl is a PhD candidate at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. In her research she explores the roles of graphic design in museum exhibitions, focusing on the contributions that exhibition graphics make to exhibition content and its narration in the gallery space. Jona has more than ten years experience as a graphic designer and for five years she led the graphic design team of the London-based exhibition design consultancy Land Design Studio on exhibition projects for clients such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Natural History Museum London, Miraikan, Tokyo, and English Heritage. Jona holds an MA in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins and a degree in Visual communication and illustration from the University of Applied Arts Hamburg.

Mika Savela, Architect and PhD student at the School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mika graduated as an Architect from the Aalto University in Finland; he has practiced professionally in urban design and architecture, as well as in more cross-disciplinary forms of design, editing, publishing and curating. His creative practice often balances between visual culture, architectural and urban concepts – the off-context, representation, and approaches between the historical and the modern, the fantastical and the ordinary. He also regularly writes about architecture, cities, design, cultural practices, criticism and various observations around them. He is the co-founder of Selim, a Helsinki-based contemporary platform for editorial / curatorial / cultural / visual / spatial projects. Currently, he is based in Hong Kong, where his PhD research project in the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong deals with curatorial practice and the contemporary exhibition narrative of new Chinese urbanism.

Chenhui Shao, PhD Student at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology, Zhejiang University, China

A History graduate, Chenhui completed her MA in Museum Studies in 2008. Following that, she worked for three years as a planner in a design company for museum exhibitions, where she took part in several programs and gained practical experience. This first-hand experience and understanding of the museum exhibition process, along with discussions with different people which helped her to think further beyond exhibitions, encouraged her to focus her study on ‘audio-visual media’, ’eco-museums’ and ‘exhibition planning and design’. In 2012, she went back to University to study for a PhD, which concentrates on the ‘interpretation of exhibitions’ and the ‘interaction between the local museum and its people’.

Cy Cheng-Yi Shih, PhD Student at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK

Cy is currently a PhD researcher at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester; prior to this he studied in Taiwan and the Netherlands, and holds an MSc in Building and Planning and an MA in Design in Humanitarian and Sustainable Style. He has participated in several museum/exhibition planning and design projects, holding various positions. His recent research interests and focus are museum/exhibition space and design, paying particular attention to the interaction between design and its users, the atmosphere and characteristics of the site, and its society. Cy is also a natural drawer and art/craft lover.

Lucy Shorrocks, Senior Consultant, Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (MHM)

Originally from Manchester, Lucy lives and works in Sydney (via London, Oxford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Melbourne). She consults, plans and delivers work for the cultural sector in Australia through MHM, specialising in managing artistic risk and broad audience engagement, which is pretty close to a personal mission statement. Prior to joining MHM to head up MHM in Australia, Lucy was the Managing Director of Victorian Opera (a state-based opera company in Melbourne). This CEO role followed twenty-five years in marketing, audience engagement and strategic communications in organisations including Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Welsh National Opera, the National Museums of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet, Mobil Oil and Time Out. She has spent the last two decades on a mission to connect art with audiences.

Chuck Sutyla, BA, MA, Founder & Director, Cultural Solutions

Chuck is a cultural anthropologist and has worked as a museum planner since 1995. Before that he was a museum curator in Manitoba, director of culture for the government of Saskatchewan and senior policy analyst with the Canadian Department of Communications. He was with Lord Cultural Resources from 1995 – 2006 in South East Asia. He now runs his own consulting company, Cultural Solutions, based in Hong Kong, Bangkok and the Philippines. He has worked as Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong teaching Museum Studies in the SPACE Cultural Heritage Management Programme. For the last eight years he continues to teach Museum Studies at the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies. Chuck has been involved with exhibition projects in Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Canada.

Eve Tam, Director, Hong Kong Museum of Art

Eve Tam obtained a B.A. degree and then an M.A. degree from the University of Hong Kong in fine arts and in cultural studies in 1991 and 2003 respectively. She also holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney in 2013. In 1994, she received the “Art in Belgium Scholarship” of the Belgian Consulate, Hong Kong and interned with Jan Hoet, curator of Documenta IX, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium. As a recipient of the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship 2004, she conducted several internships in the U.S. in 2005. She has worked at various museums including the Museum of Teaware, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Art Promotion Office. In 2012 she became Museum Director of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Alice C.H. Tsang, Conservation Manager, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong

Alice C.H. Tsang obtained a BSc in Chemistry from University College London, a post-graduate Certificate in Archaeological Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, an MA in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a MA in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney.  She joined the Conservation Section of the ex-Urban Services Department in 1986, and is currently the Curator of the Conservation Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government, taking charge of the conservation programmes of 3-dimensional objects including metals, archaeological finds, wooden artifacts, ceramics, sculptures and stone objects, as well as overseeing the provision of educational & extension programmes. She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Jonathan Tse, Conservator, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong

Jonathan Tse is currently studying Master of Art in Museum Studies with the University of Leicester. He received his professional training in metal conservation at the University of Canberra in Australia in 2000 and has been working as the metal conservator of the Conservation Office, LCSD, Hong Kong since 1997 where he has successfully conserved a variety of metal artifacts, ranging from small archaeological coins to a decommissioned steel fire-fighting vessel for the public museums. Jonathan has also published academic papers on metal conservation for various international conservation conferences.

Vivian Ting, Head of Historical Research at the Design and Cultural Studies Workshop, Hong Kong

Vivian is the head of historical research at the Design and Cultural Studies Workshop. She was trained as a historian at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she developed an interest in the study of object and connoisseurship. This interest was developed during her PhD degree in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She has taught Museum Studies and Material Culture Studies in universities, and involved in many contemporary curatorial projects. Her research looks into how to cultivate a global vision of cultural appreciation in the exhibition context.

Qi Wang, Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK

Since 2008, Wang Qi has been a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Nottingham and is a key member of the Architectural Humanities Research Group. He has extensive experience of exhibition design in natural history and science museums, and has completed a series of funded consultation projects in both China and the UK. He also has a well-established research relationship with the Paleozoological Museum of China, Chinese Academy of Science, as a design consultant and advisor of informal learning. Wang Qi has published widely on topics relating to architectural linguistics and museum design and exhibition narrative in both English and Chinese journals. His recent book – From Crystal Place to Darwin Centre: An Architectural Evolution of the Natural History Museum in London – was recognized as the first comprehensive review of mainstream British museums for Chinese readers.

Ms Wang Wei, Founder and Director, Long Museum

As the most powerful couple collectors in China, Ms. Wang Wei and her husband, Mr. Liu Yiqian, have been engaged in art collection for over twenty years. They are the first mainland Chinese couple collectors ranking in ARTnews “Top 200” Collectors for two consecutive years. As world-renowned art collectors, Liu and Wang’s collection is systematically large, covering traditional Chinese art, modern and contemporary Chinese art, “red classics” as well as contemporary art of Asia and Europe. Founded by them, the Long Museum owns two huge places for exhibition and related functions: Long Museum Pudong and Long Museum West Bund. Located respectively in Pudong New Area and Binjiang, Xuhui District, they constitute a unique ecosystem of art in Shanghai: “One City, Two Museums.” As the largest private institution of collection in China, the Long Museum boasts of the richest collection nationwide. Their third private museum will be opened on 28th April 2016 in Chongqing, China. Based on their private collections, the Long Museum is devoted not only to professional art exhibitions, researches, and collections but also to the promotion of cultural education in public. It aims to take up the responsibility of propelling continuous development and inheritance of art; focuses on the contrastive display and study of art, Western and Eastern, ancient and contemporary, while strengthening its local cultural roots; presents the diversity of visual art from a global perspective; systematically showcases the splendid achievements of Chinese art as well as the vitality of contemporary art all over the world; and eventually forges itself into a world-class private museum.

Jie Xu (Nino), Exhibition Developer and PhD Student in the Department of Culture, Heritage and Museology, Zhejiang University, China

Jie is a PhD researcher and an exhibition developer based in the Department of Culture, Heritage and Museology at Zhejiang University. Jie’s research interests focus on narrative exhibitions, in particular their construction and structure. The aim of his research is to provide curators and designers with guidelines for developing visitor-friendly narratives in exhibitions. In the past six years, Jie has participated in the following museum curatorial and design projects: China Commercial and Trade Museum, Museum of West Lake Exposition, Museum of Energy Philosophy, Taizhou Museum of History, Marco Polo Memorial in Yangzhou, Museum of Hangzhou Contemporary Industry, and Museum of She Nationality.

Zhijie Yao, Lecturer, Design School, China Academy of Art

Zhijie Yao is a Lecturer in the Design School of the China Academy of Art. A graduate of Design Studies Department, the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University; Goldsmiths College, University of London and Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London, she is currently doing a PhD entitled ‘Bauhaus as Design Heritage and Chinese Contemporary Design’. Her research is focused on investigating developing trends in the Chinese design industry. This includes developing strategic models of new design implementation, specifically, how art and design exhibitions, festivals, creative events and public cultural facilities can drive the transformation of the Chinese traditional industrial sector. She is also looking at the new opportunities for Chinese museums in the current economic and cultural context. Zhijie Yao was a coordinator and researcher of the City-Being Pavilion of 2010 Shanghai EXPO, a co- curator of “Design as Enlightenment–Bauhaus Exhibition”, National Museum of China, Beijing, 2014 and a curator of ‘City Narratives’ exhibition DESIGN SHANGHAI 2013.

Zhao Rong, Head of Program, Shekou Design Museum

Zhao Rong assumed the role of head of program in Shekou Design Museum this year, after joining China Merchants Property Development. Co. Ltd. in 2012 as museum project manager. During these years, she has worked extensively with her colleagues in bridging culture with the corporate purpose, helping the company to plan various cultural-related projects and setting up this Shekou project from scratch. Among her previous experiences, she worked at art institutions, such as the Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, and National Art Museum of China. She received her B.A. in Art History from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and her two Master’s degrees from Williams College and the University of Chicago.


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