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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hiring an Exhibition Designer to join its team in New York.

General statement of responsibilities and duties:

The Exhibition Designer works under the design manager, exhibition design and collaborates with other members of the exhibition design team. The position will realize exhibitions and installations from concept to production, including construction administration, in collaboration with curators, conservators and the museum’s project and construction managers. This includes producing presentation materials, renderings and construction drawings as needed from preliminary space planning and budgeting exercises through concept, schematic and design development phases. In addition to designing exhibitions, this role will be responsible for designing medium – and smaller-scale permanent collection renovation projects, in consultation with the design manager.

The exhibition designer must have the capacity to collaborate with all members of the 30+ member design department, which includes graphics, lighting design, production and operations. A successful candidate will be a collegial and collaborative problem solver who can exercise a wide range of creative strategies and has a comprehensive understanding of best museum practices.

The Exhibition Designer must have the capacity to support the design team in all phases of an exhibition and be able to effectively communicate with external consultants from case manufacturers to architects, designers, media consultants and other types of expertise in order to realize needs of display and exhibition experience. They should have experience creating design documents, familiarity with construction bid packages, custom detailing and possess the technical and rendering skills (Photoshop, AutoCAD, etc.) to develop, present and test design ideas visually. This person will collaborate with all design managers to bring enhanced design potential to shows across locations, create presentation renderings and research visual/fabrication materials. This person should also be available to support institutional projects that require rendering, three-dimensional thinking and/or visitor experience design.

Note: please include cover letter and portfolio with your application

Primary responsibilities and duties:

  • support exhibition design team across locations to enhance design and realize exhibitions
  • architectural design from research and concept through execution/production supervision
  • prepare design document drawings (floor plans, sections, elevations and detail drawings), case lists and schedules for internal museum reviews and construction bid documents
  • vuild 3D models for design and presentation purposes
  • coordinate fabrication with in-house production team, Met buildings department, or outside vendors when needed
  • help facilitate communication with all design managers during the final installation process of all major projects, installations, or exhibitions as assigned
  • possess a high level of organization and file management
  • other duties as assigned
  • other related duties as assigned.

Experience and skills:

  • at least two to four years of experience in exhibition design, industrial design, scenic design, or architectural design
  • full knowledge of construction techniques, fabrication skills, materials and project management
  • knowledge of AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Rhino and/or 3DS Max
  • strong organizational and design presentation skills
  • experience and knowledge of proper art handling procedures and art or object installation and display experience preferred
  • good communication skills and ability to function as part of a team
  • ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • background in architecture preferred

Knowledge and education:

  • B.A. degree in exhibition design, industrial design or equivalent field of work is required. MFA or MArch preferred
  • knowledge of construction techniques is required
  • museum exhibition design experience preferred
  • portfolio submission required
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