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Museum Installation Consultant

Tom DuncanMuseum Installation Consultant                          

Tom Duncan


Tom Duncan is an architect and museum planner. He is a founding partner of the studio Duncan McCauley specialising in design and planning for museums and heritage sites. Recent projects by Duncan McCauley include the award winning exhibitions Botticelli Reimagined at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2016), Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace (2017) and masterplanning for the new visitor experience at the Reichstag Visitor Centre in Berlin (2015). His work also includes the design and production of interactive interfaces and multichannel audio visual environments for clients such as the State Museums of Berlin and Historic Royal Palaces London.

He combines professional practice with academic research as a practice-centred PhD candidate at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. His research in the area of masterplanning for museums investigates the spatial, strategic and narrative requirements of the museum environment. He holds an M. Phil in Architecture and the Moving Image from the University of Cambridge (2003) and a diploma in Architecture from the University of Sheffield (1992). He teaches regularly at the School of Museum Studies in Leicester, New York University in Berlin and UCL Qatar, and is actively involved in the positive development of visitor-orientated museum experiences, giving presentations and workshops at international conferences in Europe and Asia.

Key Publications

  • Tom Duncan, “Participative Design Processes for Museums” in Yuha Jung, Ann Rowson Love (eds.), Systems Thinking in Museums: Theory and Practice (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), pp. 205-215.
  • Tom Duncan and Noel McCauley “A narrative journey: creating storytelling environments with architecture and digital media” in: Suzanne Macleod, Laura Hourston Hanks & Jonathan Hale (eds.): Museum Making. Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions, 2012 Routledge, pp. 288–297.
  • Tom Duncan, Suzanne MacLeod and Jocelyn Dodd "New museum design cultures: harnessing the potential of design and ‘design thinking’ in museums" Journal: RMMC Museum Management and Curatorship, 2015 Taylor and Francis.