Nigel Briggs

Nigel Briggs
Lecturing Professor,
Exhibition Design Program
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Nigel Briggs received his degree in Industrial Design from Leicester Polytechnic (Leicester, UK) at a time when "design software" might have meant a comfortable stool at the drafting table. Starting out as a furniture designer/maker then employed for a decade in the trade show display industry he is now in the forefront of designers developing engaging and meaningful museum experiences.

He began designing for the Smithsonian Institution in 1994, collaborating in the design of a 40,000 square foot exhibition in Chiba, Japan then went on to direct the design of America’s Smithsonian, the Institution’s 150th anniversary 100,000 square foot traveling exhibition.

A senior designer at the National Museum of American History, his work includes Within these Walls, September 11: Bearing Witness to History, Azucar! The Life of Celia Cruz, and The Ruby Slippers gallery. He is currently leading the design of exhibitions for the new popular culture wing at the museum.

He has served on advisory panels for the creation of new museums, including the National Music Museum and a museum at the National Academy of Sciences, and the Shenandoah Discovery Museum (Winchester, VA).

Nigel has a long-term commitment to mentoring the next generation of design thinkers. Throughout his design career he been a teacher and mentor to interns and to students of design. Currently at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, he has also been a guest lecturer at Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV., Pratt Institute, New York, NY., Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY.