I'm dedicated to creating engaging physical spaces that draw people into a world where they can emerge both enlightened and inspired. I have experience in different worlds of design and storytelling and bring this diverse perspective to every project.
After attending architecture school in my home country of Australia, I practiced Architecture in Adelaide and Melbourne for six years, concentrating on civic and public-facing buildings as I was intrigued by how the built form could affect the lives of the people in and around it and wanted to affect those people for the better. Yet after becoming a licensed architect and feeling like my love for being in that profession was waning, I became interested in how the built form could help tell a story and started to dabble with art directing short films in my spare time.
After nearly giving my parents a heart attack, I said goodbye to being an Architect. I decided to pursue a career in film and TV design and moved to the Hollywood of Canada, Vancouver, BC. After a lot of hustling, networking, worrying, and eating poutine, I began to land jobs working in the Art Department and then began set designing for TV shows and movies, including 2013's blockbuster, Man of Steel.Then an opportunity arose to immigrate to the US (thanks, Obama!), and I once again packed up and took a giant leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to continue to pursue the silver-screen. Then a temporary job offer at Thinkwell Group side-stepped me into another narrative design industry; themed entertainment and experience design. And it was there that I found my niche in exhibit design as it merged my background in
Architecture and my need to tell a story, but in ways that can be truly unique and experimental. So I managed to get myself on every exhibit project for the next five and a half years and learned how to collaborate and communicate effectively with different creatives, technicians, and clients. I lead teams of designers, oversaw installations, and ultimately created impactful spaces that effectively delivered a message.
At the end of 2017, I took a step out into the world on my own and began working as a sole-proprietor designer and lent my expertise to businesses and institutions such as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the interactive design studio Second Story, to name a few.
In 2018, I relocated to Portland, Oregon, and here I continue to offer my skills and services in all physical experience projects. During 2020 I found success working virtually with companies all across the US.
As I look to the future and think about the strange era that we are currently in, I enthusiastically believe that physical experiences, be they for pure entertainment, for learning, or better yet, a bit of both, will be crucial in bringing us all together to heal, understand one another better, and move forward into a more equitable, peaceful, and unified future.
In my free time, I enjoy getting outside, being moved by films and documentaries, exploring new places, finding new beats to groove to, and visiting every possible museum I can (which I hope I can return to doing very soon!).
SERVICES / SKILLS:
3D modeling and rendering
2D drafting, including overseeing and producing bid packages
Masterplanning / spacial layouts
Bryan Potter Design
Twenty Four 7
Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI) - Re/New Permanent Exhibit
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - Becoming Los Angeles update
Richard Nixon Presidential Museum and Library - Permanent Exhibit
Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
TEA Award For Outstanding Achievement - Theme Park, Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Brass Ring Award for best 400 - 499 sq. ft. exhibit at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAPPA) Expo
University of Southern California (USC) - 3D modeling workshop for the Masters of Integrated Design, Business and Technology program at the Iovine Young Academy
Freelance Senior Environmental / Exhibit Designer
Sarah Nolan Design
April 2016 - present, Portland, OR
Exhibit Designer (contract position)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Jan 2018 - July 2018, Los Angeles CA
Senior Show Set Designer
Aug 2012 - Dec 2017, Los Angeles CA
Set Designer and Art Director
Various film and TV productions*
Feb 2011 - May 2012, Vancouver CAN
*For full list of credits, please visit: www.imdb.com/name/nm4394609/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Various architectural firms
June 2009 - Sept 2010, Melbourne AUS
Graduate Architect / Architect
Sept 2006 - June 2009, Melbourne AUS
Brown Falconer Group
Sept 2004 - Sept 2006, Adelaide AUS