ABOUT US

Andrew Merriell & Associates plans and designs interpretive experiences for visitors to museums, visitor centers, zoos, and public gardens. We identify opportunities to advance beyond the usual and predictable museum offerings, finding innovative ways to immerse visitors in exhibit stories. Each project provides visitors with memorable, meaningful experiences they can find nowhere else. Services include feasibility studies, interpretive master plans, concept studies, exhibition development, and exhibit design.

We strive to create experiences that allow audiences to actively participate in deriving meaning from exhibits that is relevant to their lives. The firm’s style is to partner with their clients’ staff and stakeholders to produce exhibitions to which everyone has contributed ideas and in which everyone can claim ownership.

about_photo.jpg

WHAT WE DO

We plan and design interpretive experiences for visitors to museums, visitor centers, zoos, and public gardens. We find innovative ways to immerse visitors in exhibit stories. Each project provides visitors with memorable, meaningful experiences they can find nowhere else. We strive to create experiences that allow audiences to actively participate in deriving meaning from exhibits that is relevant to their lives. Our working style is to partner with our clients’ staff and stakeholders to produce exhibitions to which everyone has contributed ideas and in which everyone can claim ownership.

Services include:

consultations, interpretive master plans, concept studies, exhibition development, and exhibit design.

HOW WE WORK

All great experiences provide a mix of enrichment, wonder, social interaction, recreation, and enchantment. They also grow from a compelling story. Our job is first to root out the essence of the story, then to build a multifaceted experience with that story at its heart.

Over the years we have carefully developed a collaborative, workshop-based process that permits all stakeholders to share in the creation of the exhibit. The process is flexible and adaptable, yet moves steadily forward from the big ideas to the nuts and bolts. We establish significant milestones in each design phase to assure that we are staying on message, on schedule, and on budget.

TEAM LEADERS

andymerriell2.jpg

ANDREW
MERRIELL

Andrew Merriell has been planning and designing museum exhibits since 1973, first as the Design Director of the Boston Children’s Museum, then as Senior Principal of Hilferty & Associates, and now as Principal and owner of the Andrew Merriell and Associates. Over the past forty years he has managed and/or designed more than 100 museum projects. Andy holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and a Bachelor’s in Art and Design, both from MIT.

RACHEL
JOHNSON

Rachel Johnson joined Andrew Merriell & Associates in 2014 as Project Manager. She brings strong management and organizational skills from a background in museums and anthropology. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with an emphasis in archaeology and museum studies. She has spent fourteen years in collections work at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe.

RAMONA
SAKIESTEWA 

Ramona Sakiestewa (Hopi) is one of Native America’s most influential artists. Her work appears in the collections of a dozen museums including the Smithsonian Institution. She also consults with museums and architects on cultural theming of museum facilities. She met Andrew Merriell working as a Native design consultant to the architects of the National Mall facility of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Since that time she has worked with us on the American West Heritage Center, the Chickasaw Cultural Center, the National Indian Monument and Institute, and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.

Ramona is a recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and an inductee to the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame.