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 master-planning and concept 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.


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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 le master-plan et les premiers concepts j'usqu'au détails 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 position

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

Past occupations

2011- 2019 - studioDiem - London
Freelance Interpretive Designer for Exhibitions and Museums

1997 - 2011 - Senior Designer at Event Communications ltd - London
Lead Designer on various projects in the UK and abroad

Architect positions

1994 - Architect at Odile Deck et Benoit Cornette Architectes - Paris
Project Architect on projects in France and international competitions

1994 - Assistant Architect at AU4G Architects - Paris

Academic positions

2013 - 2019 - Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln 
for the BA (Hons) in Design for Exhibition and Museums 

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


1993 - French Architect Diploma with Honours - Strasbourg - France
Diplome d'Architecte de l'ENSA avec mention

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

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

2018 - Scenography in Exhibition and the Museum
Tapra Conference - Victoria and Albert Museum - London
Presentation of paper entitled 'Scenography Beyond Theatre'

2016 - Chaos at the Museum 2016 - Buenos Aires - Argentina
Workshop based conference resulting in a real intervention in the city

2016 - Jewish Heritage. Projects, Methods, Inspirations
POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews - Warsaw
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 - The Future of Museum and Gallery Design
Hong Kong University - Hong Kong 

2015 - The Inclusive Museum, Museums as civic spaces
New Delhi - India 

2014 - Remembering in a Globalizing World
Chambon Sur Lignon - France

2013 - New Museums, New Collections
POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews - Warsaw

2013 - Peace Conference
Wageningen - The Netherlands 
Presentation of a paper entitled ‘Not another Holocaust Museum’

2018 - The Routledge Companion to Scenography
Edited by Arnold Aronson
Author of one chapter  entitled 'Scenography Beyond Theatre' 

2014 - Amy Winehouse, A Family Portrait
by Elizabeth Selby - Published by the Jewish Museum London
Author of one chapter on designing the exhibition