Detailer – Exhibit Design
Washington, DC

Gallagher & Associates (G&A) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary design studio with offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, Portland, and Singapore. For over 20 years, we bring transformative experiences to life. We are looking for a highly motivated, skilled detailer to join our team of diverse and dedicated creative professionals. We are seeking exceptional talent that is eager to grow and contribute to an evolving field that encompasses museums, theme based attractions, and interactive installations.

The Detailer will work closely with the Creative Director to design, coordinate and integrate exhibits, graphics and media concepts into the overall physical needs of the space. In addition, the Detailer will play a key role in creating visuals to communicate the design intent of the spaces and visitor experience for the client team, and for producing fabrication-ready construction documentation for bid or direct fabrication.

Major Responsibilities

  • Works with Creative Director, Exhibit Design Leads, Visual Designers, and IT Hardware Designers
  • Refine design drawings and CAD files in collaboration with design leads, for purposes of bid documentation and/or fabrication coordination with vendors
  • Develop details and fabrication drawings based on both 2D and 3D geometry provided by design team
  • Maintain CAD standards in compliance with G&A and other industry standards
  • Develop submission drawing packages, including construction drawings with appropriate dimensions and callouts
  • Create clean 3D geometry files which can be exported/issued-to fabricators and/or architects
  • Maintain deliverables in accordance with project schedule and internal deadlines
  • Collaborate with other designers to explore detailing options and variations to ensure design priorities are maintained through detailing process
  • Create building coordination drawings and packages to be shared with architects and subconsultants, including wall construction, ceiling coordination, finishes, and electrical coordination drawings
  • Work in a team environment including Gallagher & Associates staff, sub-contractors, and client contacts
  • Applicant must demonstrate detailing skillset in both 2D and 3D and be able to work from live files at various stages of development
  • Selected applicant will be required to work within G&A software standards, and will be required to work in Vectorworks program (training will be provided if candidate meets qualifications)


  • Excellent communication skills ­ verbal, written, and illustrative
  • A minimum of 3+ years of experience in design studio or fabrication environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, and quality
  • Demonstrated (via Portfolio) knowledge of fabrication techniques, materials, and principles of physical construction
  • Demonstrated (via Portfolio) ability to generate clearly detailed, dimensioned, and annotated drawings for the purposes of communicating construction, fabrication, and installation specifications.
  • Highly skilled in one or more of the following CAD programs: Vectorworks, Rhino, AutoCad, Solidworks. 
  • Hand-sketch/quick ideation detailing a plus
  • B.A. or M.A. in Exhibit Design, Architecture, or Industrial Design, or equivalent on-the-job field experience 


It is an exciting time to join the G&A team and we have the core values to prove it—Excellence, Impact, Integrity & Balance shape our future and are designed and defined to help our team understand the link between strategy and culture. These values explain how the day-to-day translates into supporting aligned efforts and goals across the board. Join us as we continue to develop our culture together, to fit our style and your success!


We will synthesize the digital and physical worlds in innovative ways like no one else.


We integrate our diverse capabilities in order to deliver unrivaled experiences. 



We are committed to creating our best work:

  • Build working relationships with team members and cross-functional colleagues to come up with your best work 
  • Seek different perspectives, inputs and feedback when working through hurdles 
  • Get out there and see what’s new in the world of design; request a conference or team field trip for inspiration  

We create a culture of curiosity and learning:

  • Be passionately curious; show eagerness to learn 
  • Challenge assumptions and suggest different approaches 
  • Stay current in our area of expertise; G&A, and our industry 
  • Applaud others for their accomplishments 
  • Share helpful information and best practices with team members 

Always be proactive:

  • Do not over-commit yourself; speak up
  • Utilize resources (i.e. people, templates, workshop request, supplies) to meet your goals and needs
  • Be detail-oriented in all that you do (spell check!) to put your best foot forward

We are true ambassadors:

  • Follow G&A on social media (“like” our photos; make suggestions for improvements)
  • Give marketing something cool to post about your or your work contributions 
  • Be credible and always put your best foot forward 


We are locally and globally conscious:

  • Say no to plastic and use less paper around the office
  • Bring a new perspective to our clients—think sustainability where it counts

Inclusion brings us together:

  • Take ownership of how your work supports the shared objectives of the team
  • Understand the work of your team and how it contributes to the project/team priorities 
  • Look for opportunities to help your neighbor when in need: printing, guidance, support, get out and go for a walk or take a lunch break together to break up the monotony 


Trust and respect is a must:

  • Be intentional and respectful in all conversations 
  • Listen with an open mind to different viewpoints
  • Be responsive, on time, and on task for your team; work together and be honest with each other when challenges arise

We have open lines of communication:

  • Stay up-to-date on company news (e.g. newsletter, Instagram—follow @GandA_Design)
  • Ensure your manager and team members are kept informed of progress or hurdles—they can help!
  • Listen and ask questions to gather information and understand other viewpoints  
  • Explore new ways to be more efficient


Adaptability is key:

  • Always think beyond the problem and toward the solution
  • Be flexible and responsive to changes in priorities 
  • Embrace new ways of doing things

Work-Life blend for success:

  • Take time to unwind
  • Take lunch
  • Participate in a wellness activity or challenge 

Please send resume and digital portfolio as a PDF file to [email protected]  

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