Tim McNeil

Headshot of Tim McNeil, UC Davis
Sacramento, CA

SEGD Global Design Awards

Getty Museum Wayfinding Program, Getty Museum Exhibition Design Department
Getty Museum Wayfinding Program

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Tim McNeil is a principal with Muniz/McNeil, a multi-disciplinary design and research practice in Los Angeles. Recent projects include the exhibition Home Lands: How Women Made the West at the Autry National Center, and augmented learning environments for the Huntington Library and Gardens in Los Angeles. Tim McNeil has more than 20 years of professional design experience and was previously a senior designer at the J. Paul Getty Museum, developing more than 70 exhibition, signage and interpretive environments.

Tim McNeil is the Director of the UC Davis Design Museum and a Professor of Design at the University of California Davis, where he is the primary instructor for courses on exhibition design and environmental graphic design. His research and practice defines exhibition design in relation to the curatorial process, and the contribution it makes to meaningful exhibition audience engagement.

Tim McNeil is an authority on environmental sustainability. He chairs the California Association of Museum's Green Museum Initiative, is a founder of the Green Museums Accord and was inducted into the National Environmental Hall of Fame for his design work on the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Santa Monica Environmental Action Center. In 2003, this project held the distinction as the first “green” exhibition and interpretive center in the nations “greenest” LEED Platinum-certified building.

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Tim McNeil's Sketchbook

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Tim McNeil's Sketchbook

Spontaneous, rapid, gestural, impressionistic, fluid, preparatory, observational, documentary: these are just some of the words that describe why sketching for me is both a design tool and a form of personal expression.


SEGD’s San Francisco chapter hosted 27 students from the Department of Design at the University of California, Davis, for a full day of studio tours October 23. The goal was to give students the opportunity to experience the diversity of careers in environmental graphic design.

Tim McNeil & Clare Brown: The Future of XGD

A SEGD Talk from educators Clare Brown and Tim McNeil exploring the future of XGD as it related to Museums and Exhibition design.


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