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Mike Lawrence

National Museum of Natural History
Chief of Design, Office of Exhibits
Washington, DC

As Chief of Design for the Office of Exhibits, Mike Lawrence is responsible for the design quality of all permanent and temporary exhibits, graphics and signage within the Museum. He provides oversight and guidance to contract design firms on major exhibits such as the Sant Ocean Hall and the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins to insure the architecture, exhibits, graphics and support materials meet the Smithsonian’s high standards for quality, durability, accessibility, and visitor enjoyment. Lawrence and his staff design temporary exhibits generated by the Museum and adapt traveling exhibits from other institutions to meet Museum requirements.


Lawrence has a Master of Architecture degree and over 25 years of experience in architecture and exhibit design for clients worldwide.