Scenographer (Exhibition Designer)


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Industrial Design June 22, 2018 Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada

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The Canadian Museum of History (CMH) offers you a place to develop your career and to accomplish rewarding and meaningful work in an inclusive and engaging work environment dedicated to museological excellence.

We are looking for an experienced Scenographer to join our Project Management and Technical Services division at the Canadian Museum of History (CMH). Reporting to the Head, Scenography and Media Production, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking tasks related to the 2D and 3D development of various projects related to exhibitions, special events and promotional activities at Canadian Museum of History;
  • Overseeing the development and coordination of all phases of a project from conception to final design, from fabrication and printing to installation;
  • Preparing plans and providing specifications for production drawings, final renderings and documentation for requests for proposal; and undertake other related duties, as assigned.

Successful candidates have the following qualifications, which are a deciding measure of success for this challenging opportunity:

Experience in:

  • Work experience within the museum, cultural, educational and/or non-profit field(s) (3–5 years’ experience);
  • Professional experience in 2D and 3D exhibition design (3–5 years’ experience);
  • Development of conceptual design presentations for approval of a project team (3–5 years’ experience);
  • Design within a multimedia environment (3–5 years’ experience);
  • Development and presentation of technical renderings for preliminary and final designs;
  • Estimates of materials for a proposed design;
  • Production of technical drawings;
  • Production of floor plans;
  • Handling of typography, images, colours and forms within 2D and 3D spaces;
  • Interaction with architects and installation personnel;
  • Supervision and production of specifications for exhibition designs and graphic products.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of design methodologies and processes;
  • Standards and practices related to museum exhibitions;
  • Construction industry standards and practices;
  • Standards related to ergonomics and anthropometry for the physically abled, as well as those with physical challenges;
  • Practices, processes and standards in technical drawing;
  • Properties of various materials (plastic, wood, metal, glass), including finishing products;
  • Construction standards for furniture and other exhibition structures;
  • Standards in artifact display and conservation;
  • Lighting and  audiovisual presentation techniques for exhibitions;
  • Procedures for estimating material and fabrication costs for various types of project;
  • Applications: 2D and 3D design software within a Macintosh environment, VectorWorks (or other recent CAD programs), Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign;
  • File-conversion software;
  • Digital photography, digitization, and management of digital images;
  • Standards related to the development and production of exhibition/project graphics and production.

Education: College diploma in Industrial or Environmental Design, or the equivalent in combined education and experience.