Children as Agents for Preventive Conservation

At the 42nd Annual AIC Meeting, Jeff Hirsch presented a session titled “Children as Agents for Preventive Conservation.” This session explained how children can change a family’s learning and its attitude towards conservation, drawing on studies that show how an understanding of complex issues, including sustainability, can be extended from children to the rest of the family. This process may be used to help protect collections by increasing public understanding of, and sensitivity to, preservation and the limits of museum resources.

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The Fine Art of Museum Lighting

The Fine Art of Museum Lighting – A focus on energy use combined with a new type of visitor experience have spurred changes in the way light is delivered and controlled in museums.

By Angela Matchica, PE, LC, LEED AP

36 Hours in Philadelphia

The New York Times names the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent a top Philadelphia cultural destination in the article

Following a complete interior renovation led by EwingCole, the museum showcases a collection of over 80,000 historical objects, art and artifacts related to Philadelphia and regional history.


Preserving America’s Treasures

Designing Energy-Efficient Archival Storage Facilities

Read about how the design of Pod 3 and Pod 5 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Support Center integrates energy efficient solutions with the stringent requirements for long-term storage of diverse collections.

EwingCole Expands Museum Team

Washington, DC (November 2012) – EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms, is pleased to announce that museum designer Sarah Ghorbanian, LEED AP has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office.

“EwingCole’s ability to serve cultural institutions is enhanced with Sarah,” said Patrick Brunner, RA, managing principal of the DC office.  “Having her talent and skills on board enables us to expand the firm’s important work preserving, renovating and designing museums and cultural buildings.”

Ms. Ghorbanian will immediately join the EwingCole design teams for several Smithsonian Institution projects including the revitalization of the Anacostia Community Museum and the Education Center at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.  Formerly Design Lead for the Museums & Community Studio of the international design and contracting firm AECOM in Arlington, VA, Ms. Ghorbanian has worked with the National Museums of American History, Natural History, Health & Medicine, the Marine Corps, and Women in the Arts, in addition to several projects with the National Gallery of Art and other cultural institutions nationwide.

“Sarah’s years of experience, commitment to service and complementary expertise will continue our growth and presence in the cultural market,” said Jeff Hirsch, AIA, LEED AP, principal and Cultural Practice Leader.

Ms. Ghorbanian is a member of the US Green Building Council and Northern Virginia Chapter of the AIA, and is active with the American Alliance of Museums.  She earned a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The George Washington University, and an […]