Andrew Merriell helps museums and interpretive centers plan and design visitor experiences. Working collaboratively with his clients, he identifies opportunities to advance beyond the predictable, casting visitors in roles within the museum’s stories. Each project creates meaning and memory. Services include feasibility studies, interpretive master plans, concept studies, exhibition content development, and exhibit design.
At MIT, Andy’s master’s thesis in architecture involved working with two different groups of teenagers at risk, helping them to design working and living spaces of their own. This work caught the interest of the Boston Children’s Museum, which hired him as a project designer, then put him in charge of the exhibition design department.
After seven years at the Children’s Museum, Andy took a position with Gerard Hilferty & Associates, a prominent private exhibit design and museum planning firm located in Athens, Ohio. During his tenure there he became a principal of the firm, and in 1996 moved west to establish Hilferty’s second office in Santa Fe. In 2003 he established his own firm there, working out of a studio he designed for himself and his artist wife, Ramona Sakiestewa.
Andy has a long record of success as a professional planner, designer, and facilitator. Since 1973 he has managed more than 70 museum planning and design projects.