Museum Architect and Exhibition Designer


The Art Institute of Chicago / Chicago, IL USA



Designs space plans, interior architecture, casework and furniture for assigned exhibitions and galleries in coordination with all other necessary Museum Departments, such as the Director’s Office, Curatorial Departments, Conservation, Museum Registration, Security and Museum Facilities. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Responsible for developing space planning and space designs for exhibition galleries in consultation with the Museum Director's Office and appropriate Curators to achieve distinctive, aesthetic, safe, and informative presentations of art work. 2. Prepares space configuration and build-out options, designs casework and architectural elements, selects materials and finishes, produces construction drawings, consults with Conservators and Security staff on appropriate display materials and furniture. 3. Consults and coordinates with Museum Registration and Museum Facilities on scheduling, and with carpenters, electricians, painters, digital media, audio visual, and information systems staff on implementation of construction and installation; consults with Visitor Services and Security staff on circulation patterns and safety regulations to ensure a secure environment for art work. 4. Prepares cost estimates for exhibition design for review and approval by the Museum Director's Office.  Procures estimates, selects, and purchases specialty fabrication, printing, imaging, silk screening, and other design-related services. 5. Prepares exhibition schedule listing all related tasks and dates for exhibition team including Museum Registration, Public Affairs, Design, Museum Facilities, Security, Curators, Special Events, Membership, Conservation, etc. 6. Arranges reviews of exhibition plans with Museum Director's Office, Design and Construction, Curators, Registrar, Museum Facilities, Security, Graphics and others involved in exhibition planning and art handling. 7. Procures, supervises and coordinates activities of outside contractors related to required installation elements. 8. Takes and distributes meeting minutes as required. 9. Design and manage related miscellaneous Design and Construction projects as directed by Executive Director of Design and Construction.


Qualifications: •Degree in architecture, interior design, interior architecture or related field required. •Minimum 5-7 years experience in exhibition and/or interior design and graphics design preferred. •Prefer an architect who has some exposure/experience/predisposition for working with fine art installations. •Total and complete knowledge of Auto CAD (or equivalent), with minimum of 3-5 years drafting experience. Ability to use AutoCAD to produce bid quality drawings. •Must be highly proficient in 3D computer drafting (Sketchup or any equivalent). •Strong communication and management skills – ability to motivate and complete work through others. •Able to communicate and collaborate across different levels of the museum (from tradesperson to Museum Director). •Project management experience required; must have an ability to organize stakeholders and keep budgets & schedules on track. •Transformative thinker who can act not only as designer but also facilitator for curators and artists; someone with inspiring vision and ambitious capacity who can take us forward. •Highly developed time management skills and detail oriented. •A demonstrable ability to multi-task expertly and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously. •Office computer skills and systems knowledge required. •Experience in lighting design preferred. Please apply online at: The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.


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