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Senior Physical Designer
New York

Ralph Appelbaum Associates is seeking a full-time Senior Physical Designer (remote). Working closely and collaboratively with the Design Director, the Senior Physical (3D) Designer is involved at all stages of projects and helps produce a fully integrated exhibition within an architectural shell from conceptual design through design development and construction documentation.

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.


  • Develops gallery schemes for single large or multiple smaller projects simultaneously;
  • Manages and coordinates external consultants;
  • Coordinates drawing sets and schedules;
  • Produces specifications;
  • Monitors and enforces 3D workflows, processes, and drawing protocols;
  • Reports project progress to Project Managers;
  • Oversees final production of drawing sets and deliverables;
  • Coordinates and monitors the work of other 3D designers;
  • Maintains utilization targets.


  • Advanced degree in Exhibit Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, or related fields;
  • 7-10 years of experience in exhibition design or related discipline;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Client facing presentation 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 experience is a plus;
  • Proficiency in 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.