Information is the sole purpose of an exhibition design

Your article Space invaders ( DW 24 September) is enough to make any red-blooded exhibition designer’s blood boil.

Your article Space invaders ( DW 24 September) is enough to make any red-blooded exhibition designer’s blood boil.

As a designer who has worked in close proximity with architects for many years, generally speaking their ignorance of other fields of design is matched only by their arrogance in believing they know it all.

Exhibition designers are employed on thousands of projects here and abroad; you have picked on a few who have been awarded to architects by clients seduced by a famous name.

Some architects have a good record of producing high quality exhibitions, but many are simply opportunists. John Norden clearly doesn’t understand exhibitions when he says that “architects are less likely to place too much emphasis on information…”

Exhibitions are information. They have no other purpose for existence. Exhibitions are four-dimensional information having more in common with theatre than with architecture or interior design. Unlike them, exhibitions are usually ephemeral.

Peter Higgins is undoubtedly correct to say that exhibitions involve narrative and storytelling, but I am shocked to hear that he would not consider a designer for employment. This is naked prejudice. To state such a thing and then speak of “crossing the boundaries” is humbug.

Richard McConnell

Subject leader

Museum & Exhibition Design

Hull School of Architecture

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