Each project has its own team, its own culture, its own inspirations, and contributing factors. In this case, true collaborative design was more than just a strategy; it was a challenging and rewarding process. This regional museum was the result of a collaborative effort between the San Angelo community, the Concho Valley, and Angelo State University. Vertically- arranged exhibit galleries, viewable collection storage areas, and an open-air dogtrot brings museum and education spaces together. The striking roof of this new museum was a conversation starter from the beginning. Some see a resemblance to a saddle, others a covered wagon, and to some it recalls the curvature of an elderly horse. No matter the perception, the shape is an instantly recognizable and evocative symbol appropriate for the frontier-like environment of the West Texas plains. Subsequent growth in the area surrounding the museum is a testament to the impact and lasting effect of the new building.