Experience Design in a Post-Pandemic World

Quatrefoil Design Director and Firm Principal Michael Burns recently presented a Flash Session on “Designing Museum Experiences in a Post-Pandemic World” at the Texas Association of Museums 2020 VIRTUAL conference. Click on the link below to watch Michael’s presentation.

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Quatrefoil and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear friends and colleagues, We are going through an event that is unprecedented in our lifetimes and across our industry. The aftereffects of this pandemic — physical, financial, emotional, cultural — are going to be felt for years to come. Quatrefoil has taken several important steps in response to the […]

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Quatrefoil Announces Expanded Ownership Team


Quatrefoil Associates is proud to announce that, effective immediately, Michael Burns, Bernhard Mueller and Roula Tsapalas have joined the ownership team and are now Principals of the firm, which will mark its 30th anniversary in October. Roula, Michael and Bernhard have made tremendous contributions to the growth of Quatrefoil over […]

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Los Alamos Historical Society

los alamos Exhibit Design

Nestled in the quiet foothills and mesas of the east side of northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountain lies the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP), an area with seventeen “sites of importance” at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), as well as thirteen sites in downtown Los Alamos. The County of […]

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The Reviews are In!

MOB Gallery Exhibit Design

For much of the last month, the Quatrefoil team has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on our work for the Museum of Boulder in Colorado. The permanent exhibit, the Boulder Experience Gallery, opened to the public the weekend of Nov. 17 and the initial reviews from local […]

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Designing for Flexibility

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The Textile Museum’s all-purpose Learning Center Museums increasingly cite flexibility as a key requirement for their exhibition spaces. They define flexibility in a variety of ways including more adaptive interior space, updateable content, and more durable, interactive and multipurpose exhibits. Quatrefoil’s recent work for the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. […]

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The Aesthetic of Nimble

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Michael Burns Today, when people in museums ask us to design a “permanent” gallery our response is different than it once was. “Permanence” is a term people use to indicate resilience, or longevity, but permanence, in an age of rapid change is no longer a matter of simply building sturdy, […]

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Is Innovation Beside the Point?

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Michael Burns How many museums out there with participatory spaces designed around “innovation” actually believe one of your visitors will invent an entirely new concept, or method, or product in your space? I’d guess you’d say that’s not your intention. Many of today’s science and tech museums push the idea […]

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Ghost House

James Madison House

Roula Tsapalas There is a wide range of strategies for interpreting history. Some historic sites spell it all out for us by reproducing it. Others offer only glimpses of the past leaving the visitor to piece together the clues. History is present all around us – you just have to […]

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