Philip Hughes

Designer and Project Director, Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Course: Exhibitions


Philip Hughes started his career as making furniture and went on to study furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London. He joined RAA after 20 years of professional experience as a three-dimensional designer with an abundance of experience in exhibition and furniture design. Philip has worked independently and for several design practices, for corporate clients as well as museums and galleries. He has taught architecture and interior design courses at the University of Portsmouth and the University of the Creative Arts 2005–8 on both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. He is currently External Examiner for the University of the Creative Arts for the Interior Design MA programme and is a student mentor at Central St Martins for the MA Narrative Design programme.
He has designed museum exhibitions for the British Library and technology exhibitions for the global telecommunications provider, Lucent Technologies. At RAA, Philip was Project Director for the implementation phase of the Bahrain National Monument, the Qatar Foundation Media Center at Northwestern University in Doha and completed a concept study commissioned by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia for future interactive Science Centres. Philip directed the design of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library exhibition in Nigeria and the Abdullah Gul Presidential Library and Museum in Turkey. His most recent project is the IKEA Museum project in Älmhult, Sweden. He is currently working on a project for the Africa Centre in London and a geology museum. 
Philip has written a leading book about exhibition design for the publisher Laurence King. The book was published in March 2010 to a worldwide audience in five languages. A revised and updated second edition was published in 2015.