Design for Exhibition & Museums – Success Stories


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What is Design for Exhibition & Museums?

DEM specialises in the design of three-dimensional environments that ‘tell a story’. The design of exhibitions for commercial and heritage practises is continuously evolving and presents many challenges to designers’ creativity and technical know-how. Great exhibitions communicate ideas and information effectively to audiences in purpose built spaces, leaving them with a lasting impression. By understanding the evolving nature of the industry, DEM produces designers who can communicate a story in a 3D space.

Throughout the course students learn how to manipulate space and structure, design graphics, create storyboards and create exhibition content that is targeted and accessible.

Part of the course’s appeal is its studio-based culture where students undertake project-based creative work such as drawing, modelling, written and computer aided design skills.

Projects are extremely varied, integrating theory, professional studies, technology and design skills to promote creativity, innovation and curiosity. We also offer this programme at

masters level with the MA in Design for Exhibition and Musuems; applications can be made online at

Recent design agencies and museums that recent graduates have progressed to include:
Museum Design:
  • Duxford Air Museum
  • Eureka Children’s Museum
  • Glasgow Science Centre
  • Imperial War Museum
  • The British Museum
  • The Science Museum

Exhibition Design

  • Event Communications
  • Furneaux Stewart
  • Haughton Kneale Design
  • Imagination
  • Janus Design
  • JJA Design Consultants
  • Merlin Entertainments
    (Alton Towers, Legoland, Sealife and Madame Tussauds)
  • MET Studio Design
  • Photosound Communications
    Pico International
    (Dubai and Singapore)
  • Redman Design Associates
  • Small Back Room



Saturday Club – End of year Summer Show

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The National Art&Design Saturday Club offers young people aged 14–16 the unique opportunity to study art and design every Saturday morning at their local college or university for free.
Now in its fifth year, the Saturday Club runs in 33 locations across the UK, in colleges, universities and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. As well as more than 100 hours of specialist tuition, young people also benefit from visits to museums and galleries, Masterclasses from leading art and design practitioners and an exhibition of their work in London’s Somerset House.
The Summer Show, which marks the end of the year, reinforces the nationwide scope of the Saturday Club programme and treats the creative work of young people seriously. Featuring work by every Club member, it is visited by 3,000 people.

This year the Summer Show is once again taking place in the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House.

Tutors have selected pieces from across the range of disciplines and projects they have taught this year, and some have included work from the Masterclasses, too.

We have students from across Lincoln involved in the visit, with Dave Bramston, Principal Lecturer of Art & Design coordinating the Saturday Club, and Ali Shepley leading their previous trip to Milan.

For more information, visit

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Architecture students create Twitter-reactive garden


A Twitter-reactive garden could provide a prototype for the future development of ‘smart’ buildings that can adapt to our emotional state.

The structure has been created by academics from the University of Lincoln, UK, taking its inspiration from the University’s Digital Capabilities garden, which won Gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013.


The STAN (Science Technology Architecture Networks) research project, which involves computer scientists and architects, is exploring whether architecture is able to reflect and map human emotions.


The garden consists of an articulating raw steel structure, which sits vertically and horizontally, and is controlled by people’s responses via Twitter. In this way it is continuously revealing what the landscape is covering, while also remodelling itself.


The STAN project will be making its first public appearance at the Garden Up horticultural event in Sheffield on 7th and 8th June 2014.

The garden will react to activity on Twitter when people use the #gardenup hashtag, translating this information into movements of the garden’s mechanical landscape.


Richard M Wright, Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Architecture, developed the construct, together with fellow academic Barbara Griffin and students Amy Hayeselden, Nicholas Sharpe and Liam Bennett from the University’s School of Architecture.

He said: “The garden essentially points to a future in which buildings could modify themselves in response to monitoring our emotional state via social media. For example, if we feel like wearing a big cosy jumper and sipping a cup of boiling hot soup, it will turn the temperature down and open a window. Buildings may also begin to reflect the mood of a populace by changing colour or shape, constantly remapping our perception of our urban environment, with façades becoming animated, reflective and mobile in response to communal desires and emotions.

“The fact we decided to retain the structure’s raw metal appearance is a tangible reminder of Sheffield’s industrial past, changing and weathering as a result of the environment.


Dr Duncan Rowland, a fine artist and Reader in the School of Computer Science, developed the software application. He added: “We exist in a dynamic flux of social information; the software aims to intercept and expose some of this data in a tangible representation.”

The STAN project will also be making an appearance at the Lincolnshire Show which takes place on 18th and 19th June 2014.

Horticultural experts, Crowders Nurseries of Horncastle, will be providing the plants for Lincolnshire Show with Samantha Snowden providing horticultural and plant design expertise for both events.

Follow @thestanproject on Twitter to learn more about the project.

School collaboration with the Hong Kong Design Institute


TheSchool ofArchitecture is proud to announce the news of an exciting new future collaboration. Head of School Derek Cottrell, with Principal Teaching Fellow Pam Locker and Senior Lecturer Manish Mandhar both from the School of Architecture, together with Chris Spendlove, the University Registrar, and Linsey Woodcock, the Head of Academic Quality, Standards and Partnerships, have just returned from a week-long visit to our Hong Kong Partners, the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI). The visit was to support our Partners in gaining local accreditation for twoUniversity ofLincoln top-up degrees in both Design for Exhibition and Museums (DEM) and Architecture, to be delivered inHong Kong.

The outcome was that the Accreditation Panel will recommend the approval of both programmes for delivery from September 2014. The Chair of the Panel, Emeritus Professor Alan Lindsay, particularly praised the close working relationship between HKDI and the University of Lincoln which had been developed over a number of years.

The new programmes represent a significant step in further internationalising teaching and learning in the School of Architecture.

Invisible Cities

Saturday 15th March saw forty applicants for BA (Hons) Architecture taking part in an intensive studio session. They worked with twelve student tutors from second third and fifth years to create fantastic models based on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. The book is a conversation between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan describing the cities the explorer has visited in his travels around the Khan’s empire.

Each group of four applicants was given a fragment of text and, working very quickly, produced 2D representations of the city they imagined. With their student tutor, the group decided on the most promising aspects to bring together to make their 3D representation. They could choose to model the whole city at Lilliputian scale or to model a representative fragment of the city at close to full scale.

The three-hour project engaged us in multi-disciplinary teamwork of the kind that we can expect all designers to experience in contemporary practice. The project also tested ingenuity in spotting the potential in materials and adapting proposals to accommodate evolving ideas generated by the group.

This project demonstrated that a great deal can be achieved in a short time by imaginative people exploring architecture in a creative environment. The buzz and the energy generated and the beautiful work produced made this a great experience for everyone involved. We can’t wait to start work for real with this group of applicants as the core of our first year in September 2014.

Sustainable, vernacular and natural architecture talk.

Hey, you, would you like to learn more about sustainable, vernacular and natural architecture? If the answer is yes then you’re in luck, as next Wednesday (the 26th February) you can meet the East Midland Earth Stucture Society (EMESS) to discuss ‘radical eco-architecture’.

Sound good? Hop on over to the MB1009 in the MAB at 7pm to get involved. ArchLOVE will be there to present on those issues along with members of the Abundant Earth Community so this will be a great opportunity to discover more about alternative architectural practices from some people who work with them every day.


New portfolio site unveiled

Students at the Lincoln School of Architecture start producing concept and model work from the minute they arrive, but up until now that work has only been seen by their peers, their tutors and anyone else they choose to show themselves.

All of that is about to change, with the launch of our brand new portfolio site. Designed to show off the best of the School’s creativity, the site will be updated to bring you all the latest gems coming out from across the year groups. Put together by our own Barbara Griffin, senior lecturer on the MArch course, we’re sure you’ll agree that it looks AMAZING and showcases the great range of what our students have to offer.

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You can see the site here. Check back often to see everything what’s being produced.

Hugh Byrd flies into the news

We always like it when our students get success. It’s what we’re here for, really. But it’s also pretty fantastic when our academics are recognised too. So imagine the smile on our faces when we learnt that Professor Hugh Byrd, from the BA(Hons) Architecture course, had seen his work included in The Guardian.

Hugh was talking about how power outages of the past could be an indication of more major blackouts in the future. We could tell you more, but the people at The Guardian are pretty good at writing a story so we’ll leave it up to them. You can read the full article here.


Sustainable Architectural Design student to present to UN

We like it when the words ‘exciting news’ are used to introduce something to us, and today those words were used with just cause.

Manvi Vyas, a student on the MSc Sustainable Architectural Design programme, has been invited to present her work at the United Nations Headquarters after winning the ‘International Communities: A Society for All Ages’ competition. The competition was organised by the International Council for Caring Communities in conjunction with the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements and the United Nations Programme on Ageing, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Her project, completed at the University of Lincoln, has received an Honourable Mention. As part of this Manvi is being invited to present at the Urban Future: South Meets North High Level Working Session at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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Dr. Amira Elnokaly, Manvi’s Tutor said, “Out of over 300 applications from all over the world it is really a great achievement that Manvi’s project was one of only eight selected to be awarded.”

It’s also great that she gets to go to New York. We look forward to the postcard.


A local newspaper wrote about Manvi’s success.