Senior Exhibition Designer

Job Description

Become not just a great interpretive designer - but an astonishing storyteller.Award-winning visitor destination designers Studio MB are looking for an ambitious Senior Exhibition Designer with vividimagination and creative flair – a designer who wants to create inspiring, involving and informing environments for galleries and exhibitions within museums, brand homes, science centres and heritage attractions.

The role will be based in our studio, and we are seeking an applicant with at least 5 years’ experience working in exhibition design or a related field (e.g., architecture, interior design, or interior architecture).From tender submission to on-site completion, we want you to be fully engaged in each stage of the design and delivery process -taking ownership of your ideas and looking after them all the way through from concept creation to project conclusion.

Key duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Working both individually and collaboratively with the Design Directors, Creative Director/s, and studio team to progress projects from inception to completion.

• Working with the Creative Director/s and Design Directors to generate creative concepts for new and on-going projects as well as tenders/pitches for new business.

• Taking a brief and working to client and Creative Director/Design Director requirements.

• Producing presentations for clients that are clear and persuasive.

• When required, coordinating the studio team to meet project needs efficiently and within deadlines.

• Undertaking co-ordination on projects with the wider design and client team, for example architects, access consultants, curators, AV hardware, AV software, lighting design, contractors, and installation teams.

• Producing accurate and comprehensive CAD drawings, compiling project samples, managing schedules and specifying products, materials, and finishes.

• Carrying out tasks relating to CDM 2015 regulations and requirements.

• Attending site visits (including during project installation), contractor/workshop quality control visits, meetings and client presentations as required, both in person and online. Regular travel within the UK and sometimes abroad should be expected.

• Managing a budget throughout the design process.

• Overseeing in-house content research as required.

• Recording notes and minute-taking.

• Assisting with other studio tasks and projects from time to time as required.

Studio MB is located in Edinburgh. Due to the collaborative nature of our work, your presence working in the studio is essential.

About You:


• Educated to degree standard in exhibition design, interior design, architecture, interior architecture, product design, or related subject.

• At least 5 years’ relevant design experience in museums, heritage destinations, brand homes and/or experiential environments.

• Ability to develop innovative ideas and solutions and to communicate those quickly and effectively.

• Knowledge of relevant working practices, guidelines, and regulations (including CDM 2015), industry technologies, sustainability, finishes and materials. bringing life to facts and artefacts

• Strong IT skills and working knowledge of design software including Vectorworks, SketchUp Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud suite (or similar) and Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and Teams.

• Strong presentation skills both visual and verbal.

• Experience in creating and managing technical drawings and related information for all stages of a project.

• Able to work independently and as part of the larger design team.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - visual, written and verbal.

• Strong organisational, time management and problem-solving skills.

• Ability to take on board and implement feedback.

• Able to work with rigorous attention to detail, consistency, and accuracy.

• Able and willing to work flexibly in support of the company and be comfortable with travel and routinely shifting demands and priorities.

• Pro-active ‘can do’ approach.

• Design visualisation skills.


• Experience working in design for museum and heritage environments with demanding display and conservation


• Experience working in design for retail spaces, bar, or café spaces.

• Hand drawing skills.

• Lighting design, interior design, or architectural design experience.

• BIM experience.

• Full clean UK Driving Licence.

About us

Studio MB are multi-disciplinary designers, content developers, interpretive strategists, researchers, master planners and project managers. But when it comes to creating narrative environments for museums, brand homes, science centres and heritage attractions, it is our ability to tell imaginative and emotive stories that defines our approach and makes our visitor experiences so special - experiences that inspire, involve, and inform. We take our professional reputation and project responsibilities very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We like to think this makes working with us, and indeed working for us, stimulating, fulfilling, rewarding and fun. Everyone at Studio MB is passionate about what we do. Over the past 19 years we have had the great privilege of completing a vast array of award-winning projects throughout the UK and overseas. That said, our team never rest on the many laurels won, but have the hunger and ambition to constantly improve, ready and determined to make the next project even better than the last. It's been an awesome story so far. However, we continue to grow and have some amazing new projects to progress. We are now looking for a number of talented and motivated people to join us and help write our next chapters. We look forward to viewing your application.

How to apply

Please send us your: 1. CV 2. Portfolio (PDF or online link) with samples of both technical drawings and creative work 3. Cover letter telling us why you think you would be a great fit for the role. The letter should include your present notice period and salary. Please send your application to for the attention of Beth Harvey (Studio Manager), stating your name and the position you are applying for. Applications directed to any other email address will not be considered. Your application must reach us by the closing date. Please note that due to the volume of response only those candidates shortlisted will be contacted. We regret that we are unable to provide individual feedback. All candidates must have the legal right to work in the United Kingdom. The closing date for applications is Friday 11th August 2023, at 5.00pm If you have any questions or you require any further information, please contact us on 0131 555 9355 or

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Graphic Designer
Salary Range
£30,000 – £36,000
Job posted:
March 28, 2024
Application deadline
August 11, 2023

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