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Exhibition Designer and Project Manager

I collaborate with clients to develop their exhibit ideas into exciting, buildable plans. As exhibit designer, I create gallery layouts, construction docs, models, and comprehensive design packages, including graphics. As project manager, I help clients plan, test, and coordinate the installation of their exhibits.

Design clients: National Public Housing Museum • Chinese-American Museum of Chicago • The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyoming • Field Museum • Chicago Collections Consortium • Wilmette Historical Museum • Campbell Center for Historical Preservation Studies

Design Experience

Markus Dohner Exhibition Design
2015–present
Contract exhibit design and planning for museums, libraries, and cultural venues. LEED Green Associate.

Exhibition Designer
The Art Institute of Chicago
2006–2014
Managed outside designers and fabricators, monitoring for schedule and quality. Designed casework, walls, and architectural elements using CAD; selected materials and finishes; and created shop drawings. Led the discussion with conservation and protection services on gallery circulation and displays to ensure safe environment for both art and visitors. Applied ADA guidelines and best practices in exhibit design and lighting. Produced annotated construction packages, including all drawings, details, and specifications suitable for bidding, building, and installation of exhibits. Introduced new technology to enhance visitor’s appreciation of subject.

Exhibition Designer
Field Museum
2006
Worked closely with team of designers, developers, and builders on the design of Ancient Americas.

Museum Installation Manager
Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago
2003–2006
Project-managed reinstallation of museum exhibitions including ordering and fabricating new high-quality cases. Worked closely with curators and educators to develop their exhibit ideas into working plans. Supervised full-time preparators and temporary staff, mount-making facility, and galleries. Designed objects layouts for complex topics. Produced exhibit and print graphics.

Teaching Experience

2015–2016, Exhibit Design and Planning, Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
2011–2016, Guest lecturer, Visual arts management course, Columbia College Chicago