Seth Frankel, Principal
I’ve been crafting educationally focused public places for over twenty years. With a foundation in design and the humanities, I strive to marry excellent design and craft with meaningful storytelling in a format that’s accessible, technologically sensible, and enjoyable to create and visit.
My work has received awards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), The Mountain-Plains Museum Association (MPMA), History Colorado, and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD). I’ve also received film awards and festival entries. As an avid photographer and furnituremaker I bring a critical eye to both the use of imagery and the three-dimensional world.
Staying connected to design, popular culture and exhibit trends and thinking through social media, literature and conferences is an important component in my continued professional development. More than ever there’s a tremendous body of knowledge at the tip of one’s fingers, yet I find that there’s no substitute for firsthand experiences – visiting wide ranging institutions. These remain a crucial part of my continuing development.
Prior to establishing Studio Tectonic I held leadership roles at prominent exhibit design firms in Colorado and Washington, DC as managing director and senior designer and lead significant projects in North America and beyond. My career launched in the early 90s as an in-house exhibit designer at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Exhibits Central.
University of the Arts (furniture design and making)
The Evergreen State College (BA liberal arts)
Zach Mosley, Designer
With a background in architecture and art history, I found my way to museum exhibition design; the perfect hybrid of three-dimensional design and two-dimensional storytelling. For the past five years I have spent time working with numerous cultural institutions helping to transform conceptual framework into constructed realities.
Projects include the development and design of major exhibitions for archaeology and community history museums, as well as extensive exhibit design and interactive development for art museums, natural history museums, zoos and aquariums. These diverse experiences have sharpened my passion for and my ability to communicate and translate an extremely broad range of ideas to an even broader visitor base. As an avid museum-goer myself, I always keep in mind how visitors will engage with the three-dimensional narratives they come to see. For me, the visitor is the most important component of the entire exhibit process and is the catalyst for generating memorable educational experiences.
Before joining Studio Tectonic in 2013, I worked as a freelance exhibit designer for the Philadelphia History Museum, exhibition designer at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and had 3D design internships at the American Museum of Natural History, Quatrefoil Design Associates, and the Philadelphia Zoo.
University of the Arts (MFA, Museum Exhibition Planning + Design)
University of Arkansas (BS, Architectural Studies)
Danielle Forte, Graphic Designer/Project Manager
With a background in studio art, graphic design and museum studies, my focus is firmly rooted in visual communication, organization and coordination. I am particularly interested in working collaboratively to successfully create impactful and transformative audience experiences via a compelling interplay of environment, object and narrative.
Prior to joining Studio Tectonic, I accumulated over 15 years as both a freelance and in-house graphic designer, creating user interfaces for e-Learning environments, corporate branding and identity projects and graphic signage for museums and cultural institutions. Additionally, through my work as an academic technology coordinator, I cultivated my dedication to act as an advocate for the appropriate use of technology in all public institutions. Most recently, as the creative project manager for Argyle Design, Inc. in Brooklyn NY I oversaw several projects including: San Antonio’s new children’s museum,The DoSeum, Saskatoon Canada’s Children’s Discovery Museum, and the nationally traveling exhibit, Growing Up in Korea.
University of Colorado (MS Museum Studies)
Platt College (Interactive Computer Design)
University of Colorado (BA Studio Arts, Printmaking)
Caitlin McQuade, Content Development/Writing Partner
For almost 30 years, I’ve immersed myself in exhibition development and interpretive writing at a wide range of museums and visitor centers. Each project engrosses me in the constraints and opportunities of storytelling in a 3D walk-though, multisensory, social medium.
I’m convinced of the important role of audience research in connecting powerful content to visitors’ cognitive and emotional experience. Through training and practice, I’m sensitive to curatorial and conservation perspectives in displaying collections. My interest in organizational dynamics keeps me attentive to the institutional needs and goals of each client.
In addition to collaborations with Studio Tectonic, I’ve held staff positions at diverse museums; worked independently as an interpretive planning consultant; and instructed graduate students in museology and project management at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For the National Park Service, I took a leadership role in exhibit development for visitor centers across the country—and was thrilled in the stories of our national and natural past.
University of Delaware, (MA American Material Culture)
Yale University (BA Art History)