National Western Center


The National Western Center celebrates the heritage of the Old West and embraces the progress of the New West—bringing together families, researchers, ranchers, and educators. As part the placemaking team, Livable Cities Studio’s work focused on designing spaces for human experience by undertaking an in-depth user analysis as well as developing Health and Wellness conceptual prototypes and strategies for the public spaces.

The User Experience effort included series of interviews with each major user group, such as visitors, event operators, permanent and temporary employees, and others to develop key goals and strategies to inform site planning, facilities siting relationships, and event coordination. Building from the master plan guiding principle, ‘Inspire Health and Wellness’, our team analyzed the site to create public realm guidelines that identified specific design elements or site features to meet health and wellness goals, including active design elements and programming opportunities in public spaces.