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Tim Lee

Exhibits Manager & Senior Exhibit Designer

Areas of Expertise:

  • Exhibit Design
  • Environmental Graphic Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Prototyping and Evaluation
  • Project Management


Tim Lee, Exhibits Manager and Senior Exhibit Designer, often finds inspiration from the natural world for the elements he uses in his designs. Working with the Museum exhibit team, curators, and outside experts, Lee conceptualizes, plans, and develops original exhibits, both permanent and temporary. He uses design thinking, conceptual planning, 3D design, spatial planning, and storytelling to communicate to visitors.

Lee has won several design awards, including the 2005 Excellence in Exhibition Award from the American Association of Museums for The Dark Zone, an in-house designed and built temporary exhibit on Utah's caves and the mysterious life they hold. Most recently, Lee was recognized for his work on another temporary exhibit, Wild Birds of the American Wetlands, which received the Copper Ingot from the local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists and a Merit Award from the Society of Environmental Graphic Design. He served 4 years as co Vice-President and Director of Development of AIGA Salt lake City, the professional organization for design.

With more than ten years of professional experience, Lee understands the collaborative process necessary to blend art with science, two important elements for engaging natural history exhibits. He frequently speaks in formal and informal settings about exhibit design, museums, and his passion for making art. Lee is scheduled to teach Environmental Graphics at the University of Utah in Fall 2014.

Prior to joining the Museum, Lee was the senior designer for 99IC architecture, media, design in Milan Italy, from 2002-2004 and completed a design internship with Isao Hosoe Design in Milan, Italy in 2002. Lee received a B.S. in 1997 from Bates College in Studio Art and a Post Baccalaureate Degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Visualization and Design.