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CAE: Immersive Experience Through Integrated Design - The Louisiana Children's Museum

Following Hurricane Katrina the Louisiana Children’s Museum re-framed its mission to address storm-related trauma, children’s growing disconnection from nature and improve educational outcomes in the State of Louisiana.  The Museum developed a new model for children’s museums – one that combines environmental education and colocation of community resources with conventional children’s play elements – uniquely adapted to a new eight acre site in New Orleans City Park.  Connecting children to nature and bringing the environment into the museum experience were at the core of the Learning Framework.

The session brings together the client, architect, exhibit designer, learning framework consultant and environmental graphics designer to share how each thread is part of creating the total experience at LCM.  Sustainability and resilience strategies, as well as community outreach and educational strategies will be elements of the session.  An added part of the educational story has been the use of the museum by a local preschool, while the museum has been closed.


  • Richard Franko – Partner, MITHUN
  • Julia Bland – Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • Kristine Matthews – Principal, Studio Matthews
  • Maeryta Medrano – President, Gyroscope, Inc.
  • Jeanne Vergeront – Director, Vergeront Museum Planning


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This live, virtual program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Committee on Architecture for Education with full closed captioning. Please note in your registration if you would like to be contacted for specific accommodations to fully participate in this program. Contact Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker, with general program questions or concerns.


April 7, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Price


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938