The museum has appointed Citizens Design Bureau (CDB) as the architects for its major development project. The lead architect will be CDB founder, Katy Marks, who was a Project Architect for the Stirling Prize winning ‘Liverpool Everyman Theatre’ and was recently nominated as emerging Woman Architect of the Year 2015. Working alongside Katy will be architect Ursula McGeoch, who previously worked on the Jewish Museum London. CDB will be leading a design team consortium, comprising BuroHappold, an award winning Structural and Services engineering company, and Bristow Johnson, an experienced company of Chartered Quantity Surveyors. This newly appointed team will progress the museum’s development plans thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund who last year awarded the museum a development grant of £426,900. The project will result in a major museum extension with new galleries and new learning and event spaces. The museum’s Grade II* listed synagogue building will also be fully restored.
The museum has also appointed exhibition designers All Things Studio to design new galleries telling the story of Manchester’s Jewish community. Led by Matt Schwab, All Things specialise in creating compelling and distinctive visitor experiences and have designed permanent and temporary exhibition spaces at institutions such as the Science Museum and Museum of London. The team also includes interpretation consultant Catherine Morton, graphic designers Kellenberger–White, lighting designers DHA Designs and Digital designers Clay Interactive.
Museum CEO, Max Dunbar, commented: “We’re delighted to announce the appointment of our design team. We’ve selected a creative team of architects and designers with valuable experience working on major cultural projects, both nationally and internationally. We’re particularly excited by this combination of creativity and experience and are confident this team will help us realise our vision to create a celebratory, vibrant and inspirational museum, bringing people of all faiths, backgrounds and ages together.”
Katy Marks, Director of CDB, commented: “We’re really looking forward to working on such a fascinating project – engaging imaginatively with issues of immigration, innovation and respectful diversity. By creating a new building as well as renovating the existing Grade II* Listed synagogue, there is enormous scope for a really special destination on the Manchester cultural scene. Credit also to the clients for selecting the team based on our approach rather than asking for completed designs up front.”
Matt Schwab, Director of All Things Studio, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with the Manchester Jewish Museum and Citizens Design Bureau on this unique project. There is huge potential in the museum’s historic Synagogue and collections and we will work with the team and local communities to create a world-class contemporary museum for the people of Manchester and beyond”.
About the Design Team
Citizens Design Bureau (CDB) was established by Katy Marks as a co-operative company of architects. CDB aims to make good design accessible, humane and sensitively sustainable and their work covers a range of scales from public buildings to products and digital interfaces.
Lead architect, Katy Marks, studied at Glasgow School of Art, ETSA Madrid and Cambridge and has a Masters in Environmental Design. Katy was a founder of Somoho – an arts, culture and environment centre in Soweto, South Africa before returning to London as co-founder of the ImpactHub network. She then joined Haworth Tompkins architects where she was a project architect for the refurbishment of the National Theatre Studios as well the Young Vic Theatre and the Everyman Theatre. Katy established Citizens Design Bureau in 2012, working on community housing, creative workspace, theatre and arts buildings. Katy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and sits on the Hackney Design Review Panel. www.citizensdesignbureau.net
All Things is a London-based studio focused on the planning and design of museum and exhibition spaces. All Things specialise in 3D narrative design and collaborate with leading graphic and lighting designers to deliver clear, compelling and distinctively designed visitor experiences. The studio was founded in 2014 by Matt Schwab, a designer with many years’ experience leading international projects for well-known design studios in the UK and Europe. Matt is also Associate Lecturer in the Interior and Spatial Design Program at Chelsea College of Arts in London.
Working alongside Matt will be interpretation consultant, Catherine Morton, who has over 17 years’ experience developing exhibitions and interpretation that engage audiences in relevant, fresh and compelling ways. Catherine has worked on numerous exhibition and interpretation projects at institutions including the Natural History Museum, Horniman Museum and National Museums of Scotland.
Kellenberger–White specialises in the creation of identity and visual language, delivered across all points of communication – digital, print and environmental. Established in 2009, Kellenberger–White was jointly founded by Eva Kellenberger and Sebastian White after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Recent projects include: the graphic identity for public organisations such as Bonner Kunstverein, Glasgow International, Create and Open School East; way-finding and signage for Turner Contemporary; books for MIT Press; as well as identity schemes for major exhibitions at the Design Museum, British Library, and Science Museum.
Dha Designs is a UK-based lighting design consultancy who work internationally, and specialise in museum and architectural lighting. They are lighting consultants to the British Museum and V&A, and have previously designed the Jewish Museum, London and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
BuroHappold is an international, integrated engineering consultancy operating in 23 locations worldwide, with over 50 partners and 1,500 staff including some of the world’s leading consulting engineers. For 40 years BuroHappold has been delivering creative, value led building and city solutions for an ever changing world.
In 2016 BurroHappold helped the Whitworth Art Gallery secure the prestigious Museum of the Year award, achieved through it’s innovative “slow conservation” design, utilising passive and mixed mode ventilation to ensure perfect conditions for art without the conventional energy demand of conditioned spaces.
Bristow Johnson are a team of Quantity Surveyors experienced working on capital and refurbishment projects. Clients include Battersea Arts Centre, English National Opera and the Royal National Theatre Studios.