Arnaud Déchelle brings a distinctive viewpoint to his work, combining his architectural and multidisciplinary background. With 20 years experience, he can cover the whole process of design development of exhibitions and museums, from early concept and master-plan to detail design and creative direction during the implementation. He can also provide support for the development of the content and interpretation strategies underpinning narrative exhibitions.

Arnaud Déchelle apporte un point de vue distinct de part ses qualifications en architecture et scénographie. Avec 20 ans d'expérience, il peut offrir un service complet pour le développement d' expositions et de musées, depuis les premiers concepts et le master-plan j'usqu'au design et la direction créative durant la construction. Il peut également aider au développement du contenu et des strategies d'interprétation qui sous-tendent les expositions narratives.

Current positions

Lead Designer for Gallery Enhancement Programme                              in the Design Studio of the Natural History Museum London                       2017 - On going

Senior Lecturer atUniversity of Lincoln                                                         for the BA (Hons) in Design for Exhibition and Museums                        2013 - On going

Link to Design for Exhibition and Museums BA (Hons) site

Past positions

Creative Director Founder of studioDiem                                    Freelance Creative Consultant and Interpretive Designer for Exhibitions and Museums - 2011 - 2018

Senior Designer at Event Communications ltd - 1997 - 2011 - London

Link to Event Communications site

Associate Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Narrative Environments Central St Martins - University of the Arts  2005 - 2010 - London

Link to MA Narrative Environments at CSM

Project Architect at Odile Deck et Benoit Cornette Architectes                     1994 - Paris - France

Link to the project page on studio Odile Decq site

Conferences and Academic Papers                                                

  • 2018 - Victoria and Albert Museum - London                                   Tapra Conference - 'Scenography in Exhibition and the Museum'        Presentation of paper entitled 'Scenography Beyond Theatre'
  • 2016 - Buenos Aires - Argentina - 'Chaos at the Museum 2016' Workshop based conference with a real intervention - Participant
  • 2016 - POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews - Warsaw Conference 'Jewish Heritage. Projects, Methods, Inspirations'       Session Chairman -'Virtual History' Presentation as an introduction
  • Paper entitled 'When Stories become History, the use of personal testimonies in historical exhibitions' presented at the following:
  • 2015 - Hong Kong University - Hong Kong                                                 Conference 'The Future of Museum and Gallery Design'                  
  • 2015 - New Delhi - India                                                             Conference 'The Inclusive Museum, Museums as civic spaces' 
  • 2014 - Chambon Sur Lignon - France                                    Conference 'Remembering in a Globalizing World'
  • 2013 - POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews - Warsaw      Conference ‘New Museums, New Collections'
  • 2013 - Wageningen - The Netherlands - Peace Conference  2013 Presentation of a paper entitled ‘Not another Holocaust Museum’ 


  • 2018 - ‘Routledge Companion to Scenography’, author of one chapter  entitled 'Scenography Beyond Theatre' - Edited by Arnold Aronson
Link to the Routledge site to purchase the book

  • 2014 - ‘Amy Winehouse, A Family Portrait’, author of one chapter              by Elizabeth Selby - Published by the Jewish Museum London 


Architect Diploma with Honours                                                      Diplome d'Architecte de l'École Nationale Supèrieure des Arts et Industries de Strasbourg - Strasbourg - France - 1993

Post Graduate Degree in Art Theory and Architecture                Certificat d'Etudes Appronfondies en Art et Architecture de l'École d’Architecture de Paris Villemin - Paris - France - 1994

Master of Arts in Scenography with Distinction                              Central St Martins School of Art and Design - London - 1997