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Physical Designer
New York

Ralph Appelbaum Associates is seeking a full-time Physical Designer (remote). Under the guidance and supervision of the Design Director and other senior physical (3D) design staff, this position will help develop exhibits and support design processes at all stages of projects. 

At the heart of RAA’s design philosophy is the desire to seamlessly integrate the visitor experience and the architectural environment. The physical (3D) design staff also work directly with the graphic (2D) designers, Content staff, consultants (lighting, audio/visual, media, etc.), and clients to develop exhibition concepts, designs and layout. Candidates should have strong conceptual ability and a range of skills as detailed below.


  • Supports other physical (3D) design staff and the Project Manager;
  • Works on multiple projects concurrently to meet project deadlines;
  • Adheres to firm’s drafting and modeling standards and file management procedures;
  • Draws/models exhibit objects in various digital design platforms
  • Develops object displays
  • Develops repeat component details
  • Develops exhibit fabrication details
  • Produces digital models of designs
  • Produces plans, sections, elevations and study models of gallery schemes
  • Generates 3D digital models of exhibition spaces and elements;
  • On occasion, builds physical models and mock-ups for internal study as well as client presentations;
  • Researches and helps to select materials, finishes, and equipment;
  • Prepares interim and workshop visualizations
  • Participates in internal workshops
  • Participates  in client workshops


  • Degree in Exhibit Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, or related fields;
  • 2-3 years of experience in exhibition design or related design discipline;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and time-management skills;
  • Proactive approach to time and task management;
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Vectorworks and/or Revit;
  • Proficiency in a 3D modeling program, such as Rhino or Sketchup;
  • BIM 360 experience is a plus;
  • Rendering or other visualization skills are a plus;
  • Knowledge of  Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) is a plus.


RAA offers a competitive benefits package to our full-time staff, including: medical, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; 401k enrollment; generous paid time off. Additional benefits are offered at no cost to employees, including short- and long-term disability and life insurance. Flexible benefits are also available for employees to make tax-advantaged contributions toward medical expenses, transportation and parking costs, and childcare.

How to Apply

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally respond to each applicant. Qualified candidates will be contacted via email regarding our interview process. To apply for this role, please send a cover letter, CV, and portfolio to humanresources@raai.com.


RAA is an equal opportunity practice that is committed to furthering diversity and inclusion in our studio. RAA does not discriminate in employment or access to its programs or activities on the basis of: race; color; creed; religion; gender; gender identity or expression; sex; sexual orientation; national origin or ancestry; citizenship status; health or genetic information; age; marital status; mental or physical disability; pregnancy; political affiliation; arrest record; past, present, or future service in the uniformed services; or any other legally protected status. Our policy of non-discrimination applies to all personnel practices, including, but not limited to, recruitment, project assignments, professional development, compensation, or any other employment practice. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and candidates from other underrepresented communities to apply.