The Project:
Design a museum around a subject matter of your choice.

A museum by its nature is typically a building defined by the objects that are collected and displayed within its interior space. The museum’s purpose is to collect, preserve and exhibit objects pertaining to a similar interest for the study, education and enjoyment by the public. But the museum is most often a work of art in itself despite the importance of the contents it houses. The building serves not only as the necessary backdrop to the objects within, but also as an architectural icon within the local community.

The design of a museum is specialized due to its requirements to serve the public, its need to protect the contents within, and its desire to reflect the regional characteristics of the museum’s location. Each museum has the opportunity to be a one-of-a-kind design, of various shapes and sizes, all determined by the needs of the items displayed within and the community.

Think of the many museums located in our region and throughout the world that you have seen or visited; Art museums, history museums, sports museums, transportation museums. All these buildings have a unique visual image that immediately comes to mind when you hear their name, and no two of these museums will be the same. Many renowned architects have been commissioned over the years to create these works of art, and the design of a museum can be a rewarding process that will allow the designer the opportunity to create a functional, usable sculpture for the display of both objects, and itself.

2006 Schedule

Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2005


December 1, 2005

Architects Assigned

January 2006

Architect Presentations

January—April 2006

Project Work Period

April 22, 2006

Project Drop Off 11:00am – 2:00pm (Downtown Library) Downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street

April 24, 2006

Design Awards Jury

April 22—29, 2006


April 29, 2006

Awards Reception & Ceremony, T-shirts pick-up
Projects go home

2006 Sponsors

Architects Plus
H.C. Nutting