Windsor Museum: Intersection and Expansion


Session Title:

Windsor Museum: Intersection and Expansion



Madelyn Della Valle (Curator, Windsor’s Community Museum), Colleen Middaugh (Project Administrator, City of Windsor), Doron Meinhard (Associate, Hariri Pontarini Architects), James Bruer (Exhibit Designer, Windsor’s Community Museum), Yvonne Tang (Director, Exhibitions and Events, Lord Cultural Resources)


Session Description:

The City of Windsor and the surrounding Essex County has an incredibly rich history and has played a pivotal role in many important developments in Canada and North America over the last centuries. This heritage has been interpreted for many years in a small Historic Site at François Baby House and is now expanding into 401 Riverside Drive in downtown Windsor. The renovation and expansion project allows a greater story of Windsor to be told – from pre history to the present day – about its physical and cultural formation. Not only will more collections be on display but there will be a greater focus on the human stories. The new Museum is also to be the “hub” in a “hub and spoke” system that recognizes existing cultural and natural heritage sites in Windsor and Essex County. The project was realized with a team of city and museum staff, as well as a multidisciplinary consultant team.


Session Slides: 

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Presenter Biographies:

Madelyn Della Valle Curator (Windsor’s Community Museum)

Madelyn Della Valle received a BA in Anthropology from McGill and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Currently Curator at Windsor’s Community Museum, Madelyn has presented at conferences for the Ontario Museum Association, the Canadian Museum Association, as well as the Association of American Museums and the Ontario Archaeological Association, on topics ranging from collection storage to exhibitions to multicultural civic engagement. She is now working on the expansion of Windsor’s Community Museum


Colleen Middaugh Project Administrator (City of Windsor)

Colleen Middaugh is a Project Administrator in the Engineering Department with the City of Windsor.  With a background in Civil Engineering, she worked for a consulting firm before joining the City in early 2014. In both capacities she has coordinated project teams, managed quality control of deliverables and ensured project delivery within set budgets on a range of engineering, construction and planning projects.


Doron Meinhard Associate  (Hariri Pontarini Architects)

Since joining HPA in 2006, Doron Meinhard has the experience to provide leadership on projects such as the Bahá’í Temple of South America, the Weston Family Learning Centre at the AGO, and the Ontario Pavilion at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Doron’s strengths as a technically gifted architect include the managerial skills required on multidisciplinary design teams; and, the coordination of external consultants and fabrication specialists required to bring the timeless appeal of HPA’s designs to fruition.


James Bruer Exhibit Designer (Windsor’s Community Museum)

James Bruer has over 25 years of experience in all facets of exhibition development. He works closely with clients to develop a common understanding of the stories, history and emotions that are central to any successful exhibit. James believes that design should not merely carry the theme of an exhibition but should subtly add to and enhance it. This, when married with a full appreciation of the practical aspects of projects, leads to effective and stimulating design.


Yvonne Tang Director of Exhibitions and Events (Lord Cultural Resources)

Yvonne Tang is Director of Exhibitions and Events with Lord Cultural Resources. With a background in visual arts and design, Yvonne has led many planning, design and installation projects around the world. With an ability to understand the importance of bridging interpretation and design, Yvonne is able to develop exhibitions and events that are creative and responsive to the mission and content of each project and is appealing to and engaging for a range of visitors.