Douglas Flandro

Douglas Flandro



Member Since

May 2024

Drawing on his background in theater and film design, Douglas Flandro is especially interested in sustainable exhibit design, new technologies, immersive experiences, experiential graphic design and hands-on interactive exhibits. Since joining CambridgeSeven, he has designed exhibits and graphics for numerous science museums, children’s museums, nature and visitor centers, aquariums, and zoos. Douglas leads CambridgeSeven’s Sustainable Working Group and has taught and lectured at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Rhode Island School of Design.

As CambridgeSeven’s Sustainable Design Leader Douglas leads the Firm’s Sustainable Design Working Group which oversees the office’s goals and standards for sustainability including goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. He is a national thought leader helping museums design and build more responsible, equitable and sustainable exhibits. Douglas is also a contributing author to Interior Graphic Standards and an author of several articles on sustainable museum exhibits, including the Sustainable Exhibit Design and Construction Toolkit.

Ask me about

Where to start to make your exhibits more sustainable? How do sustainability and social justice overlap? Is it better to knit English or continental style? What is Cate Blanchett’s best role? What is Glass Animals most underated dance tune?

My super power is

I love to solve complicated design challenges. I listen well and strive to make sure that all voices are heard.

I'm looking for

I want to learn what others are doing to strive for low carbon exhibits, exhibits that don’t harm human health, and exhibits that do a much better job at being inclusive to all people. We can do better.

What I love about experience design

I love working with people who are dedicated to inspiring people with awe and wonder. I am gratiful to be able to work with people who are trying to make the world a better place. Humans are facinating and wonderful. I love to help tell our stories.

Best piece of advice I've ever heard

The key to happiness is gratitude.

Where I find Inspiration

I find inspiration in art, music, sculpture, photography, and, graphic design, poetry, and in the natural world. Usually, the answer to being more sustainable is to look to see how things are done in nature.

Practice Area

Digital Experiences, Exhibition, Strategy/Research/Planning, Wayfinding

Focus Area

Destination Experiences, Equitable Design, Exhibition, Graphic, Interactive, Interpretive, Signage, Sustainability


Cultural, Education, Entertainment, Museums, Recreation, Retail, Sports, Visitor Centers