LINARCH design

Environmental control for museums and cultural institutions
Steve King is the leading architectural authority in Australia on the application of climate responsive design to cultural institutions.  He is the author of the seminal reader Building for Conservation: Appropriate Design for Environmental Control in the Tropics in MacLean, M.G.H. (Ed.), 'Cultural Heritage in Asia and the Pacific: Conservation and Policy, published by the Getty Conservation Institute.  In 1993, he was the Convenor of the International Experts' Workshop at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, examining alternatives to air conditioning for museums, archives and other cultural institutions.  Most recently, as the architect member of a consortium of experts in preventive conservation, materials performance and environmental control, he co-authored Guidelines for Environmental Control in Cultural Institutions, for the Conservation and Collections Management Working Party of the Heritage Collections Council. 

Since 1999, the consortium has delivered annual 'Museums and Buildings' residential training courses for museum professionals in Australia and New Zealand.  The consortium consults in environmental monitoring and design review to museums both in Australia and internationally.  Projects have included a number of smaller local and regional museums, as well as the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, the National Museum Canberra, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, Launceston, and the off-site storage facilities for MCA, Sydney.