Furniture & Materials: Tried, True, and What’s New!
A beautifully presented showcase of library products presented in topic categories, this recurring showcase of new products has been of value to Libraries and designers each time it has been presented. This lively exchange of ideas displays a carefully choreographed array of products with clear images and descriptions of the product attributes, functions, and cost ranges. The presentation includes valuable time for Q&A following the presentation. It has always been well-attended and was selected as part of the Best of Core Forum programs in SLC. NOLA will have a largely different audience and we would be pleased to offer an update of this series.
Elisabeth Martin, FAIAPrincipal, MDA Designgroup Architects & Planners
Elisabeth Martin is a registered architect whose practice has focused on Library Planning & Design for over three decades. She holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University. Ms. Martin is a member of IFLA BES committee and has held leadership roles in the American Library Association (ALA) and in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). As a result of her advocacy for design excellence in public buildings and work in Library Planning and Design, Ms. Martin was awarded the American Institute of Architect’s Public Architect Award. She is an adjunct professor in Architecture and Interior Design and co-taught an annual course entitled “The Planning & Design of Public Libraries” at the Harvard Design School from 2002 to 2017.
Prior to forming MDA in 2003, Ms. Martin served as the Director of Planning, Design, and Facilities for Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) leading BPL’s capital program and directing design and construction at 60 sites. Prior to BPL, Ms. Martin served as the Program Director for Libraries at the NYC Department of Design and Construction administering the Library Capital Construction Program for the 216 branch libraries of NYC three public library systems. Her stewardship brought accelerated schedules and quality design and construction.