Associate Exhibition Designer – New York, NY, US | Works

Exhibition design requires a high level of judgment and creativity in working with fellow curators to shape the design and narrative of the permanent and special exhibitions that form the foundation of mission, identity and experience of the Museum visitor. As a member of the Exhibition Design Department, the Associate Exhibition Designer reports to the Director, Exhibition Design, and supports the department’s goal of providing leadership in the field of museum design by helping to producing original, impactful and inclusive designs for the museum exhibit. program.


  • Assist senior managers in the process of creating exhibitions, including researching works of art and their historical context, liaising with the curator to understand the conceptual underpinnings of the works of art thesis / exhibition and aesthetic sensitivity of each project.
  • Assist senior managers in the planning process: develop concepts and design studies, prepare artistic layouts, research dimensions / specifications / installation instructions, consult with curator, registrar, management of works of art, lighting and multimedia regarding installation requirements, and liaise with security, fire safety, facilities, visitor services, education and graphic design to ensure that the design meets museum standards and promotes a successful and accessible visit experience.
  • Produce architectural design documents from diagrams to construction, including carpentry details and material specifications.
  • Produce design renderings, mock-ups, study models and other presentation materials to convey the design and scope of the exhibition to curators, director and various other museum departments and third parties.
  • Assist senior managers in monitoring the quality and reliability of cabinet manufacturing, wall construction and other production activities during installation, as well as facilitating solutions and communication between different departments internal Museum.
  • Produce drawings and specifications for mock-ups and prototypes.
  • Supervise engineers while they perform gallery lighting.
  • Assist in sourcing suppliers, soliciting quotes, obtaining material samples. Maintain the material library.
  • Maintain an accurate database of exhibition plans, design and construction documentation, 3D and 2D base models and correspondence.
  • Research and implement special initiatives such as new software, sustainability reviews assigned by supervisor.
  • Maintain digital collection archives and model library.
  • Maintain the department supplies and the model area.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • BA in architecture or related design field.
  • 2-3 years of related design experience
  • Advanced 2D drawing skills, preferably Vectorworks; advanced 3D modeling skills, preferably Rhino and V-Ray, and proficiency in the Adobe suite.
  • Professional experience with carpentry details, material specifications and production of construction documents.
  • Knowledge of building code and public safety requirements.
  • Ease with the construction of study and finishing models.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in the fine arts, especially modern and contemporary.
  • Ability to think abstractly and design creatively in a distinctive architectural environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Very good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • The ability to collaborate with a diverse implementation team is essential.
  • Ability to work in a flexible and fast-paced environment on concurrent projects.
  • Knowledge of best practices to improve sustainability in the field of design / construction.
  • Knowledge of daylighting and exhibition lighting simulation software is a plus.
  • Some light physical work.
  • Realization of physical models, realization of models and prototypes.
  • Weekend, public holiday and overtime hours may be required when changing exhibitions.
  • High tolerance for last minute changes and extensive consensus building

Not sure if you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for a job when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet women and other systematically marginalized people tend to apply only if they meet all the conditions. If you think you can excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are committed to considering a wide range of applicants, including those with diverse workplace backgrounds and backgrounds. Whether you are new to the administration of arts and culture, returning to work after a job interruption, simply looking to make a transition, or taking a new step in your career path, we will be there glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to let us know about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this position.

About Whitney:

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the largest collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. From his vision was born the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has championed America’s most innovative art for 86 years. The heart of The Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit the American art of our time and to serve a broad audience to celebrate the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and an unwavering commitment to the artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force for modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in art. American today.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienation or citizenship, disability, marital status, partner status, veteran status, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes people solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified applicants to apply for vacancies at all levels. This description should not be interpreted as a contract of any kind for a specific period of employment.

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Christopher S. Washington