Museum architecture is a reflection of a museum’s identity, a mirror of contemporaneous cultural, social, economic and political zeitgeist. While the architect is an integral part of crafting that identity, the process by which the architect is selected sets the stage for defining the final built outcome.
There are many vastly different ways to select an architect; design competitions, requests for proposals and design concept commissions. Each different process presents an array of diverse, distinct choices. The cultural setting, political context and location where the selection process takes place influences the decision-making any selection process requires.
Chicago, location of one of the most celebrated architecture competitions of all time- for the Chicago Tribune building in 1922 –is the perfect setting to discuss the role of the architect selection process on the built environment.
Susanna Sirefman, founder and president of Dovetail Design Strategists, brings a number of dimensions to her role but none as essential as her training as an architect, which she received at the renowned Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England.
Ms. Sirefman’s deep knowledge of the field informs her ability to advise on design, synthesize architectural concepts, and make architecture accessible to the general public. Ms. Sirefman is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and has authored five books on contemporary architecture.
Presented by the Department of History of Art And Architecture, DePaul University.