Timothy J. McNeil – research / practice


recent paper presentations and talks (selected)

I am a frequent speaker and presenter at national and international conferences, workshops, and educational forums on museum, exhibition, and design issues.


Central Saint Martins: University of the Arts London. “The Exhibition and Experience Design Handbook.” Associated book talk, December 5, 2023.

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis, CA. “The Exhibition and Experience Design Handbook.” Talk and book signing associated with recent publication, November 1, 2023.

University of Iceland, Reykjavik. “Elevating the Field: Extracts from the Exhibition and Experience Design Handbook.” Invited presentation by the Iceland University of the Arts, October 26, 2023.

Society for Experiential Graphic Design, Washington, D.C. “Wow Moments: A methodology for measuring the experiential impact of exhibition design.” Paper presentation for SEGD International Academic Summit, June 29, 2023.


National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK. “Expanding the Palette.” Workshop facilitator for Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales, November 9–11, 2022.

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK. “Building a Visual Vocabulary.” Paper presentation for Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales, November 9, 2022.


California State University Fullerton. “Wonder in Exhibition Design.” Presentation for students and faculty, October 25, 2021.

UC Davis Summer Institute for Teaching and Technology, Davis CA. “Benefits and Challenges: Students’ perceptions of an online design collaboration.” Joint presentation with Fei Xue, James Housefield and Margaret Merrill about research work in DES 001. September 9–10, 2021.


California Association of Museums – ReMuseum 2020. “Activate the Outdoors.” Joint presentation with Emma Thorne-Christy about the Free the Museum initiative, November 5, 2020.

Museum Exhibition Design: Histories and Futures, University of Brighton, UK. “Smoke and Mirrors: The art of deception and the exhibition designer’s box of tricks.” Paper presentation for international conference, September 1–11, 2020.


Kossmann.dejong Design, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. “Learn, Create, Contribute”, presentation of research work. July 22, 2019.


National Museum of Estonia, Tartu, Estonia. “Reclaiming Diversity: Curiosity and the Layered Exhibition”. Paper for International Council of Museums ICME conference. October 11, 2018.

National Museum for American History, Washington D.C. “Re-envisioning Exhibition Design”. Joint moderator and speaker in planning workshop with 18 museum, academic and design professionals to curate Chaos at the Museum summit for 2018.


San Francisco Design Week, San Francisco, CA. “Responsible Design: Environmental Sustainability”, talk and panel discussion for SEGD event, June 20, 2017.

California Association of Museums Conference, Sacramento, CA. “Brand, Image and Experience: Designing Museum Identities”, session organizer and moderator, March 31, 2017.

California Association of Museums Conference, Sacramento, CA. “Exhibit Planning Shark Tank Style”, workshop leader, March 29, 2017.


UC Davis Mondavi Center, CA. “Museum Building in Unpredictable Times”, the Chancellor’s Colloquium. Moderator and in conversation with architect Florian Idenburg, December 8, 2016

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fundacion TyPA, “Navigating the Museum: How Signs, Messages and Directions Impact the Visitor Experience”. Presenter and workshop leader, November 21, 2016.

Buenos Aires History Museum, Argentina. “Chaos at the Museum: Infiltrating the Urban Fabric” summit. Moderator for three sessions and Conference Curator. November 17–20, 2016.