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Lord Clients Accomplishments

Celebrating our Clients and their accomplishments!

In 2017 Lord Cultural Resources is celebrating our past and current clients and their accomplishments throughout the year. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin pages throughout the year for many more cultural success stories. 

Is your organization celebrating an accomplishment or milestone this year? We would love to hear from you! 

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Bytown Museum Celebrates 100th Anniversary

On October 25th 2017 the Bytown Museum is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Opened on October 25th, 1917 by the Women's Canadian Heritage Society of Ottawa, the Bytown Museum welcomed its first visitors to 70 Nicholas Street. Among the significant artifacts that the museum has acquired throughout its history include the flag that floated above Parliament when it fell prey to the flames in 1916. It was in 1951 that the Museum moved into its current premises along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Bytown Museum selected Lord Cultural Resources in 2008 to develop a five-year Strategic Plan to include the development of strategic directions and objectives for the five following key areas: community engagement, active artifact collecting, research, programming and accessibility. Lord Cultural Resources also developed a three-year business development plan. The project required engagement of external stakeholders including stakeholder meetings and interviews; literature review; environmental scan; SWOT analysis; facilitation of a board/staff retreat; and identification of strategic directions, goals, objectives and benchmarks.


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Bihar Opening Night
Bihar Opens State-of-the-Art Museum

Bihar Museum were fully opened and dedicated to the people of Bihar on October 2, 2017 by the Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitish Kumar. During his remarks, he spoke of the Museum as transformational, asserting the importance of the Government of Bihar’s vision for an exceptional new museum of international standards for the children and people of Bihar.

Located in Patna, which has always been a centre of importance through the ages, the Bihar Museum showcases Bihar’s precious and vast collection of antiquities engaging visitors with 4000 years of Bihar’s history and its legacy to the modern world.

We at Lord Cultural Resources have supported the Museum’s development over the last six years with developing the master plan and exhibition design. The master plan is the road map that includes the interpretive plan, facility plan, public program plan, staffing and operational plan. As a part of the master plan, we organised and administered the architectural competition to select the architects based on the RFP. Renowned architects Maki & Associates and Opolis have designed the 24,000 SM building on a 14-acre landscaped site. As the exhibition designers for the galleries, we also reviewed the exhibit fabrication of the galleries. While work on completing the history galleries will be ongoing, it is wonderful to see the people of Bihar enjoy their state-of-the-art Museum!

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Vicente Villamón / Flickr
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Celebrates 20th Anniversary

This October marks the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, an institution that continues to resonate with local and global audiences for its daring architecture and transformative effect within and beyond the Basque region in Spain. In the two decades since it opened on October 19, 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has presented more than 160 exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, and welcomed over 20 million visitors from around the world.

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Lord Cultural Resources was commissioned to advise and facilitate in the strategic planning process leading to the Strategic Plan 2005–08. Our methodology involving the staff, local communities and stakeholders, and national and international opinion leaders was very much valued by the museum director who has commissioned Lord Cultural Resources again for the next strategic plan 2009–12.

“Lord Cultural Resources contributed an efficient methodology and a multidisciplinary approach that made it possible to integrate the expectations and viewpoints about the Museum’s operations from representative spheres of the local society and the museum world in general.”- Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General, Guggenheim Bilbao

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EDIT Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology
Design Exchange Launches EDIT I Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology

From September 28 to October 8 2017, the Design Exchange (DX) will transform a 150,000 square-foot abandoned factory into an ultramodern world where design, innovation and technology are the solutions to today's grand challenge. EDIT I Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology invites you to step inside a world where crickets can combat global hunger, medical supplies are 3D-printed in outer space, drones deliver blood to remote communities, and shipping containers are the future of farming. A DX production, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this 360° experience presents an “edit” of the undertakings and projects that are making the world a better place, for all people.

In 2011, Lord Cultural Resources was engaged by DX to develop a Strategic Plan that would not only review its programming, facilities and governance models but establish a new strategic direction for the institution. In 2012, the DX Board of Directors adopted Lord’s recommendation to set them on a new course to become a national world-class design museum. And since that time, the institution has been implementing this direction including our recommendation to start a festival. In 2017, DX launches EDIT I Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology, their first expo-meets-festival that will present interactive experiences and immersive exhibits, as well as talks and speakers programs.

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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Celebrates First Anniversary

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will celebrate the first anniversary of its opening September 23–24. A year ago this month, the museum opened on the National Mall, becoming the largest cultural destination devoted to exploring and displaying the African American story. In its inaugural year, the museum has welcomed nearly 3 million visitors through its doors, increased the number of items in its permanent collection to nearly 40,000 and hosted 46 public programs to help visitors understand historic and contemporary issues. 

Lord Cultural Resources’ role included leading the national public engagement process, the establishment of general museum and facility requirements, the development of a functional strategy, collections analysis, preparation for collections storage and operations planning, content development and communications services for the exhibition design, concept development for the Resource Library, learning program plan, learning hub facility strategy, interpretive plan: children and youth experience, children’s gallery analysis.

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OCAD U's new Onsite Gallery opening September 16th

Onsite Gallery is OCAD University’s new professional gallery, located in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment and design district. The university’s flagship public gallery, Onsite will be a community hub for international art, design and learning.

Lord Cultural Resources was engaged to develop a Facility and Business Plan for the new Professional Gallery and to advise on the gallery system as a whole. To meet the objectives of this study, Lord carried out market and comparables research, facilitated a visioning workshop with key stakeholders, and assessed the collection and storage spaces, leading to recommendations and the final Business and Facility Plan.

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Second Chicago Architecture Biennial to Open on September 16th, 2017

The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.”

An outgrowth of the city's Cultural Plan, the biennial showcases Chicago's legacy as a birthplace of modern architecture and reasserts its centrality to global architectural discourse. The Chicago Cultural Plan was co-created by City staff, an advisory council, and the people of Chicago, facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources and Commissioner Michelle T. Boone. It was the city's first Cultural Plan in over 25 years and the impact of the Plan has been unprecedented.


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Bank of Canada Museum
Grand Opening of the New Bank of Canada Museum

On July 1st, 2017 the new Bank of Canada Museum, previously known as the Currency Museum, was unveiled after four years of planning. Housed beneath the plaza at the corner of Bank and Wellington Streets in downtown Ottawa, and sharing an impressive glass entrance with the Bank’s conference centre, the new facility features a gift shop, an educational space, a bright and open visitor centre and, of course, set of new exhibition galleries.

In 2002, Lord Cultural Resources was contracted to assess whether the Museum should enhance its merchandising capability through an expanded boutique operation. Merchandising and product development opportunities were explored as were short and long term options for expansion. An analysis of the museum’s specific context and trends was conducted and projections made with respect to attendance, revenue and expenses for retail in the short term and a stand-alone boutique five to ten years away.

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Canadian Museum of History
Canadian Museum of History Opens New Canadian History Hall

On July 1st, 2017 the Canadian Museum of History inaugurated The Canadian History Hall, with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as the first of hundreds of visitors to walk through the revamped exhibit, which tells the history of Canada and its people from the dawn of human habitation to the present. Through authentic artifacts and compelling stories, the Hall explores the events, personalities and historical currents that have shaped and continue to shape this country.

In 2012, Lord Cultural Resources developed an innovative public engagement and consultation process for the Canadian Museum of History’s cross-Canada tour that sought input from the public on what they would like from their national history museum. Through a dynamic and interactive website, a survey, hands-on activities set up at kiosks in malls, airports and markets around the country as well as a series of panel discussions and roundtables, Canadians were asked to share their thoughts on the major themes, stories, events, and people who have shaped the country’s history.

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Toronto Botanical Gardens
Toronto Botanical Gardens & Edwards Gardens Unveil Masterplan

The masterplan re-imagines the Toronto Botanical Gardens and Edwards Gardens with exciting new offerings, and a greater dedication to conservation, education, and community engagement.

Working with Garry Smith, Scott Torrance Landscape Architects, and Moryiama and Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources contributed to the development of a Masterplan and Management Plan. We made recommendations on facility, program and operations improvements that build on existing strengths, help to improve ecological resilience, accessibility, functionality, and reimagine the gardens as a major cultural attraction offering an unparalleled visitor experience.

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Canadian Museum of Nature Unveils New Canada Goose Arctic Gallery

This new, permanent gallery explores the diversity and the landscape of the Arctic. Part of the new space is reserved for rotating community exhibitions with the moniker “Our Northern Voices.”

In 2001, Lord Cultural Resources was engaged to conduct a shop optimization study. The assessment included recommendations with respect to market positioning, marketing mix, and requirements for a physical plant within their functional program. Recently, Lord has been re-engaged to conduct a study of visitor movement within the existing atrium/ lobby space in order to address critical issues of queuing, congestion, triage and ticketing, among others.

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Iceland Extreme
Perlan Museum Opens the First Part of its Icelandic Natural Wonders Exhibition

The first glimpse in a sweeping view of Iceland’s natural wonders is now open for visitors to enjoy. Visitors will learn about the profound way in which glaciers continue to shape the land, and take an immersive journey into the heart of these frozen giants.

Lord Cultural Resources is part of an international team including Bowen Technovation, Xibitz and Gagarin, working together since 2015 to re-imagine the iconic Perlan in Reykjavik. The 2nd phase of exhibits will open in Summer 2018, featuring Iceland’s ocean, coast, and land environments.

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National Gallery
National Gallery Of Canada Unveils Bold New Galleries

In its first major redesign since opening at its current location in 1988, The National Gallery of Canada now features Indigenous art alongside classic and contemporary Canadian works in what is now known as the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.

Lord Cultural Resources and Nordicity Group Ltd. undertook an Evaluation Study for the National Gallery of Canada. The study developed a framework for evaluating the National Gallery’s Shawinigan Space, an outreach activity taking place at the former Alcan national historic facility in Shawinigan, and then evaluated the results achieved in the first three years of the project.

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Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada Explores a National Identity

Library and Archives Canada launched a major exhibition of 106 objects looking at notions of Canadian identity over the centuries. Notable items include a letter by Voltaire, a sheet of music by Calixa Lavallee, and an original Canadian coat of arms. The exhibition continues until March 1st, 2018.

Lord Cultural Resources was engaged by Library and Archives Canada to evaluate its current exhibition program and to provide recommendations for expanded capacity. The resulting recommendations were aspirational as well as actionable and implementable.

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Montreal Biosphere
Montreal Biosphère Celebrates the launch of Planet MTL

The Biosphere Environment Museum in Montréal launched their new exhibition – Planet MTL – on June 1st, 2017. The exhibition joins a chorus of celebrations happening in 2017 – Montréal’s 375th anniversary, the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67.

In 2016, Lord Cultural Resources was engaged by the Museum to develop the design, interpretive plan and content for this exhibition alongside multimedia producers NGX Interactive and fabrication team Expographiq.

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Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens - Main Fountain Garden opening

The Main Fountain Garden's grand opening on May 27th, 2017, kicks off a season of spectacular events, live music, special exhibits, and fountain performances. These celebrations will continue through September 30th. 

Lord Cultural Resources was initially contracted by Longwood Gardens in 2010 to create a Visionary Master Plan, which called upon Pierre du Pont's values to guide the institution into the 21st century. We have continued to work with the Gardens in several of our service streams. Most recently, we were commissioned to facilitate development of its strategic plan for 2015-2020.

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Frost Museum of Science
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science celebrates its grand opening

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science opened May 8th in Miami Florida. The new location has everything it needs to get Miami excited about science, inlcuding a multi-level aquarium and a planetarium.

Lord Cultural Resources began working with the Museum during the first phase of the master planning process with a Concept Development study. We continued to work with the Museum in varying capacities until 2011.

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Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum Shows Record-Breaking Attendance Numbers

Nearly 1.35 million people visited the Royal Ontario Museum in their last fiscal year, which ended on March 31st, 2017. This strong showing confirms its position as a leading Canadian cultural institution.

In 2007, we worked to provide analysis and recommendations to the museum’s marketing and visitor experience plans. This entailed designing and analyzing qualitative research on the needs and interests of families from a range of ethnic backgrounds reflecting the diversity of the Greater Toronto Area.

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Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution Opens in Philadelphia

Congratulations to the Museum of the American Revolution for its grand opening. The long-awaited museum opened its doors  April 19, 2017 with pomp, ceremony, and words from many leading American citizens.

Lord Cultural Resources was the Museum's planning partner since its conception, working with museum staff, architects, and exhibit designers to help shape the concept for the new Museum.

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Ryerson Image Centre
Ryerson Image Centre Receives 25,000 New Photographs

Celebrating 150 years of Canadian history just got easier with the Ryerson Image Centre’s latest gift: 25,000 photographs of 20th century Canadian news from the New York Times.

Our team was commissioned to develop the interim planning for the collection. We also assisted Ryerson University with designing the brief for the architectural selection process, and advised the university on other planning aspects such as business, operations, and market context among others.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art Breaks New Ground

The Philadelphia Museum of Art broke ground on a major renovation which will improve circulation throughout the museum, create 23,000 square feet of new galleries, and open up 67,000 square feet of public space.

Lord Cultural Resources worked with staff, Trustees and volunteers to review the Museum’s practices and develop strategies to increase earned income. As a direct result of Lord’s recommendations, the Museum received a $4.3 million funding package from the City.

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Imagine Greater Louisville
Greater Louisville's Master Plan for Arts and Culture

The Masterplan to improve the community through the arts and culture launched on April 10 with a day of art-making and performances at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. 

We worked with local PR firm M2 Maximum Media, Lord Cultural Resources embarked on an extensive, grassroots region-wide planning process resulting in the Imagine Louisville 2020 master plan for arts and culture.

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Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Thunder Bay Art Gallery Secures Significant Funding

Lake Superior’s shoreline is closer than ever to getting a stunning new gallery. Thunder Bay city councilors have committed significant funds toward the construction of the new Thunder Bay Art Gallery location.

In collaboration with Patkau Architects and Brook McIlroy Architects, our team was hired to provide Design-Assist services including a comprehensive review of the architectural design and space program to ensure museum best-practices were achieved.

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Chimczuk Museum
Chimczuk Museum 1st Anniversary

Congratulations to the Chimczuk Museum in Windsor for celebrating its first of many years. "Nearly 21,000 visitors have toured the museum since it opened" in February 2016. 

Our team was engaged in 2011 to develop an implementable and sustainable plan for the expansion of the museum to provide a larger space for exhibitions, public programs, collections storage and other space needs.

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Queens Museum
Queens Museum Community Engagement

Congratulations to the Queens Museum for the recognition it has received for its constant engagement with, and support, of its diverse community. The Museum is recognized as “a leader within a growing network of institutions working to become more relevant.”

We were part of the architectural team studying the use and re-use of the existing, 1939 World’s Fair Pavilion; the home of the Queen’s Museum of Art. We later worked with Grimshaw Architects to study the use and re-use of the New York City Building.  With an additional 50,000 square feet, the expanded museum reopened in November 2013, with a new entrance at Grand Central Parkway.

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NaMu Bayern
Biotopia Naturkunemuseum Bayern Masterplan

The Naturkundemuseum in Munich is one step closer to completion after the unveiling of its masterplan. This comprehensive document outlines the future for the institution devoted to learning about life in all of its facets.

Lord Cultural Resources, working with RAA, was appointed by the government of Bavaria to develop a visionary Master Plan for a new science museum to replace and expand the existing and much loved ‘Museum Mensch und Natur’.

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Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou Celebrates 40 Years

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, preparations are underway for a major renovation of the Centre Pompidou. Die-hard lovers of the museum’s architecture can rest assured that the look will remain intact.

Lord Cultural Resources helped with logistical and technical supervision of one travelling exhibition including insurance and transport issues, and assisting each venue with the installation and de-installation of the exhibition.

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