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craig spatial designer profile
Firstname/Profession
Craig
Spatial Designer
12 Plus years Experience
Auckland
355

Represented: 03/06/20


Bio

Following 12 years developing restaurants, and office interiors in London and Wellington, Craig was appointed Senior Interior and Exhibition Designer for the build of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Project.

 

Craig then established and lead a multi-discipline award-winning design company and with fellow Te Papa designers, it quickly became one of NZ's leading specialist Interpretive Exhibition design teams completing over 350 museums, exhibition and visitor centre projects throughout NZ.

 

Craig now consults to museum and visitor centre projects throughout NZ as well as having a keen passion for developing multi-sensory experiences relating to mindfulness and special needs education.

 

Craig has significant experience and expertise in cultural iwi focused projects and liaison, project brief development, concept development, design and project implementation. His design career has been shaped by his passion and goal to provide quality cultural, heritage and environment focused experiences to visitors through innovative and leading-edge physical, spatial, graphic and digital design.

Expertise

Brand Activation Brand Identity Concepting Creative Direction Environmental Graphics Product Design Spatial Design Wayfinding

Software

Illustrator CC InDesign CC Microsoft Office Vectorworks

Recent Employment

Museum Design Consultant / Jul 2019 - Present / Self Employed

Auckland, New Zealand

 

Relocated to Auckland to take up a role as a Project Director at Designworks - leading new luxury train interior and multi-level office fit-out. Assisted Art of Fact museum specialist team develop new-build Hong Kong museum multi-media gallery.

Managing Director / Mar 1998 - Present / Self Employed

Wellington, New Zealand

 

Directing a team of expert and skilled exhibition graphic, industrial and interior designers establishing our team as leading developers of Museum, Visitor Experiences and attractions throughout NZ. Projects that we specialise in include; Museum and Visitor Centre exhibitions, Retail, Restaurant and Office design, Furniture and Product design, mechanical and multimedia interactive development.

 

Recent projects include; Exhibition Design Manual template for Te Papa renewal project, Ko Rongowhakata and Ngati Toa iwi exhibitions Te Papa, Home of Compassion Suzanne Aubert Visitor Centre Wellington, Cobblestones Museum Greytown, Te Renga Wairua interpretive signage Cape Reinga, The Reserve Bank Museum Wellington, Milan Mrkusich art exhibition Aratoi Masterton, Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre Wairarapa.

Senior Designer / Oct 2016 - Nov 2017 / Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Wellington, New Zealand

 

Selected by Te Papa as the designer of the Ko Rongowhakata iwi exhibition. The Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition replaced the Ngati Toa exhibition but extended the floor area of the iwi presence in the Mana Whenua gallery by over 100% helping to enhance the overall gallery and to introduce multimedia immersive experiences. The exhibition explored contemporary display techniques helping to showcase taonga and the stories of the iwi to a wide audience. Working with the iwi to help represent their stories was again a privilege and with many creative challenges where budgets and programs were met with mutual compromise and harmony. The multi-sensory outcome is a huge success with all involved in the development and fit-out being incredibly proud of the exhibition. The Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition was a finalist in the Exhibitions category of the 2017 Best Interiors Awards.

Qualifications

University of Auckland / UNITEC

Architecture and Dip Interior Environment Design, Spacial Interior Product Furniture

1978 - 1982

Creative. Digital. Marketing. Recruitment.

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