Curator

The Canadian Museum of Architecture seeks curatorial services on a contract basis. The Museum is a newly-formed entity with the objective of informing and educating the public about architecture by providing exhibitions, lectures and similar events. It will use scale models as a principal medium of display.

This is a new position in a new organization and will initiate the development of the Museum. The curator’s principal role will be to manage the creation of exhibits by generating content, obtaining materials and organizing their presentation. It will also include participation in the overall development of the Museum, the introduction of creative ideas and the preparation of written materials. Insofar as the Museum is an incipient organization, assistance with general tasks will also be required.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan the subject matter and layout of exhibits for approval by management.
  • Carry out research and gather information about the subject matter.
  • Generate content for displays, including the collection of background material and the preparation of explanatory text.
  • Oversee and assist with the manufacture of exhibit materials, including text, graphics, models, photographs, animations and the like.
  • Supervise and assist with the set up of exhibits.
  • Liaise with consulting professionals.
  • Assist with the general development of the Museum.
  • Participate in the organization of special events and educational programs.
  • Represent the Museum to the public and build relationships with interested parties.
  • Help promote the Museum and ensure that its good name is protected.

Qualifications:

  • A university degree in museum studies or equivalent.
  • Three years of curatorial experience.
  • A general knowledge of architecture.
  • Mature and professional approach to work.
  • The ability to function independently.
  • Superior written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Computer use skills and familiarity with relevant software.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Detail orientation with organizational skills.

Terms:

  • A contract position with an initial term of six months
  • Full time commitment is expected
  • Compensation at $25 per hour

Application:

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a resume and a letter describing their interest to info@cmarch.ca

Consulting Architect

The Canadian Museum of Architecture, an incipient organization, seeks the services of a consulting architect to advise on the generation of content for an exhibit on the Nature of Architecture.

The assignment, located in Toronto, is expected to require between 50 and 100 consulting hours, working with museum staff. It is likely that more than one consultant will be engaged. The work will commence with an exhibition brief and is anticipated to be carried out over approximately four months on a part-time basis and meetings are to be arranged for mutually convenient times.

Qualifications:

  • A degree in architecture (an Ontario license is not a requirement)
  • Knowledge of architecture in its broad context
  • Preferably engaged in the practice of architecture
  • Previous experience in display design an asset
  • An innovative approach
  • Skill in explaining complex issues simply
  • Superior English verbal and written communication skills

Opportunity:

Though architecture affects us all, museums of architecture are rare. The purpose of this one is to explain architecture to the general public, illustrate how the built environment comes about and describe the role of architecture in our societal, scientific and esthetic environment.

Establishing the Museum is a long term undertaking that will take place in an evolving world where the functions of cultural institutions are changing. The current requirement is to design and construct the initial exhibit and the following process is proposed:

  • Generate a plan with a theme and narrative
  • Undertake research
  • Determine method of presentation
  • Assemble artifacts, diagrams, photographs
  • Specify computerized components
  • Devise narrative text

The rapid evolution of technology, the need to respond to climate change and the public desire for more sophisticated living and working environments call for an innovative approach to the design and execution of the exhibit.

This is an opportunity to participate in the creation of a new institution that is intended to play an educational role in the processes that shape society and the milieu in which we live. Though the task is unlikely to be easy, it is certain to be interesting and rewarding.

Remuneration:

An honorarium in the order of $25 per hour may be payable as arranged, based either on the number of hours expended or a defined task.

Application:

If you are qualified and interested, please forward a letter briefly explaining your interest together with a curriculum vitae to Canadian Museum of Architecture at info@cmarch.ca.