Bill Moggridge, Director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, died on September 8, 2012, after a battle with cancer. He was 69.
Bill joined Cooper-Hewitt at a critical juncture, overseeing the completion of a $54 million fundraising campaign for the Museum’s renovation, which will increase exhibition space by 60 percent, create a new National Design Library, restore the Carnegie Mansion’s historic fabric, and accommodate growth of its permanent collection with a new off-site collection-storage and conservation facility. Cooper-Hewitt will celebrate its grand reopening in 2014.
Under Bill’s leadership, Cooper-Hewitt is reimagining the entire museum experience, working with Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the conceptualization, transformation and creation of immersive museum spaces and memorable visitor experiences, along with Local Projects on the development of innovative media and storytelling approaches to content delivery. His passion for and expertise in interaction design is informing the Museum’s plans to make design stories come alive in its new exhibition galleries with multiple interactive components focusing on the design process, and transforming the museum visit from passive to participatory.