This position is responsible for designing dynamic and engaging installations for special exhibitions and for the permanent collection. Working collaboratively with cross-departmental teams, develops environments and elements that meet the DIA’s visitor-centered approach and design standards, with both creativity and practicality.


  • Designs exhibition and installations from conceptualization to completion, working collaboratively with curatorial, interpretation, collections care, graphic design and others.
  • Responsible for all design and construction drawings, specifications and documentation for fabrication.
  • Develops, monitors, and meets schedules and budgets, in collaboration with Exhibitions staff and others.
  • Oversees, coordinates, and communicates implementation and construction processes, including bidding and contract negotiations as required.
  • Ensures cohesive design standards and criteria for museum presentation.
  • Maintains design and materials information, inventory lists, and project archives.
  • Aids in other museum design projects as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Design, or Exhibition Design, or other relevant design discipline required; post graduate work preferred.
  • 5+ years of design experience required.
  • Experience in a museum environment, preferably Fine Art.
  • Knowledge of best practices in exhibition design. Working knowledge of standard construction techniques, museum casework design, and lighting.
  • Demonstrated success with project management and budgeting.
  • Advanced proficiency with computer-aided design programs AutoCAD and/or Revit; knowledge of modeling software (Rhino, Sketch Up, etc.) and Adobe Design Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills.
  • Superior organizational and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of MS Office required; knowledge of TMS and SharePoint a plus.
  • A combination of related training, education and/or experience will be accepted.
Job Information
  • Detroit, Michigan, 48202, United States
  • 27037617
  • February 23, 2016
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Exhibitions
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 5-7 Years