Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Ralph Appelbaum

2000 SEGD Fellow

Ralph Appelbaum has 25 years of involvement in every facet of museum and exhibition design. His renowned work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Museum of Natural History has won every major design award, and he has served as an advisor to foundations, philanthropies, and heads of state around the world.

Ralph Appelbaum, Ralph Appelbaum Associates NY, RAANY
New York, NY

National World War I Museum

Honor Award
National World War I Museum, Liberty Memorial Association, Ralph Appelbaum Associates

In 2002, the Liberty Memorial Associated charged Ralph Appelbaum Associates with creating a museum that, like the memorial itself, would honor those who served in World War I in defense of liberty and country. The new National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO, chronicles one of the nation's central epics, one that brought the United States onto the world stage.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

The Museum of the Portuguese Language

Merit Award
The Museum of the Portuguese Language, Fundacao Roberto Marinho, Ralph Appebaum Associates

Designing exhibits for a museum whose purpose is to celebrate a language is a bit different from creating a shrine for artifacts. At the Museum of the Portuguese Language, the world's first museum of its kind, Ralph Appelbaum Associates presents the language as a dynamic cultural heritage and uses technology to emphasize its permanent state of transformation.

Ralph Appebaum Associates

Voices

Honor Award
Voices, Forum Barcelona 2004, Ralph Applebaum Associates and Mona Kim Projects

A celebration of the act of human communication and linguistic and cultural diversity, Voices was one of the main features of an international exposition. The exhibit aimed to draw attention to the conditions of liberty that are a foundation for the necessary dialogue among cultures. The exhibition needed to present two contradictory views: cultural diversity as a heritage we must preserve and communication as essential in an increasingly interdependent world.

Ralph Applebaum Associates, Mona Kim Projects (creative direction of graphics and AV)

Newseum

Honor Award
Newseum, Ralph Appelbaum Associates

With the opening of the new Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in April 2008, Washington has a new seven-level, 250,000-sq.-ft. museum dedicated to educating visitors about the importance of a free press in safeguarding our First Amendment rights.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

1961 Freedom Rides Exhibit

Merit Award
1961 Freedom Rides Exhibit, Alabama Historical Commission, Ralph Appelbaum Associates

The historic Freedom Rides of 1961, which ended in violence at the Greyhound Bus Station in Montgomery, Ala., were a key event in the American Civil Rights Movement. As the first step in an eventual renovation of the station, the Alabama Historical Commission sought to memorialize the site and present it as a key historical artifact.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates was tasked with designing an exhibit for the exterior of the bus station. The design team’s goal was to bring the story to life for visitors, many of whom were not of age or even born when it occurred.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Think

Merit Award
 Think: An Exploration Into Making The World Better, IBM, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, SYPartners, Mirada

Think: An Exploration Into Making The World Better

A cornerstone of IBM’s centennial year celebration, THINK was a multimedia exhibition that brought to life the many ways in which people are making the world work better through innovation. It was free to the public, drawing 25,000+ diverse visitors—from CEOs to school kids—in its month-long run at NYC's Lincoln Center.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates, SYPartners, Mirada

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