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Architecture: Museum as Muse

In this two-hour program, students consider ways that cultural traditions and environmental conditions affect architecture by exploring the relationship between design and function at museums around the world. Using MOA as a case study, students are led through contrasting gallery spaces and asked to record their visual, spatial and emotional impressions. After a classroom presentation that introduces the history of the museum and theories of context, purpose and function, students are encouraged to respond to the built environments they have encountered and to design a museum interior space or façade of their own.