Profile profile for BrownCE2

Clare Brown

Chief of Design

BA in Cultural Anthropology and Art from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University
PhD (ongoing) in Exhibition and Experience Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London


Clare Brown is an Exhibition Designer and Creative Director with 20 years experience developing and designing exhibitions for museums in New York City and Washington, DC. She has designed exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, the Newseum, the New-York Historical Society and the National Museum of American History.  

In addition to designing exhibitions, Clare served as Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Professor for the MA Exhibition Design program at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at The George Washington University from 2012 to 2017.  

Clare speaks about the future of exhibition design at the SEGD Exhibition and Experiences conference and at the AAM Annual Meeting. She has published several articles about exhibition design methods and pedagogy through the National Association of Museum Exhibitions, and through Routlege publishing. 

Clare grew up in Africa and Asia. She is a dancer, a former theater technician and carpenter, and she geeks out over things like creative process, people-first design, and the relationships between space and meaning.

Research Specialties: 
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Experience Design
  • Agile
  • Exhibition Design
  • Visitor Studies
  • Embodied Learning
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Creative Process
  • Creative Facilitation
Role in Museum: 

As Chief of Design, Clare manages the museum public space design including all 2D and 3D design for exhibitions as well as the interior and exterior public spaces. Clare supervises the work of the Design Studio. She is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with all museum departments to improve visitor experience through design. 

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)
  • National Association of Museum Exhibitions (NAME)
  • American Alliance of Museums (AAM)