Team

Who We Are

We are designers, architects, storytellers, graphic designers, film-makers, engineers and technologists. Our studio is renowned for integrating these diverse skills in responsive and imaginative ways.

Tom Hennes founded Thinc Design in 1992 as an extension of a successful practice in theatre design. Over the last 25 years the firm has evolved into a dynamic and multi-disciplinary studio able to see projects through diverse lenses.

The shape and size of what we think of as our team expands and contracts according to the project. At times, it will include international architects like Renzo Piano, Snohetta or Grimshaw, at others a theme park designer, a leading psychologist or a shark specialist.

Part of our skill is to orchestrate this vast array of contributions into a memorable experience that inspires the client, their communities and the public at large.

Our studio is physically in New York City but we work with clients all over the world. We have won dozens national and international design awards and received wide critical acclaim. Between us we speak Arabic, Spanish, Hebrew, French, Japanese, Mandarin, German, Portuguese, Hindi and English (American, New Zealand and Yorkshire).

Aki Shigemori
Senior Graphic Designer
Aki Shigemori
Aki Shigemori
Senior Graphic Designer

Aki Shigemori is a Senior Graphic Designer with a versatile background in commercial design, art exhibition, and museum education. She is at ease with a wide range of styles, enhancing Thinc’s visuals with elegant hand drawings and precise diagrams. Her graphic designs often have a naturalistic flair that complements the ecological themes present in much of Thinc’s work. Aki’s projects include the Connecticut Science Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Infinite Variety quilt exhibition, the Discovery Center at Discovery Park of America, the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, exhibits for the MIT Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Jordan Museum, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the World Science Forum 2017 Jordan.

Previously, Aki worked as a graphic designer in Tokyo while curating and organizing contemporary art exhibitions in Kyoto and Hiroshima. Aki’s expertise in 3D design began with her work as a shoe designer at Himiko in Tokyo.

Aki earned a MA in Museum Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a BA in the Science of Design from Musashino Art University in Tokyo. She is fluent in Japanese.

Alia Al-Sabi
Interpretive Planner
Alia Al-Sabi
Alia Al-Sabi
Interpretive Planner

Alia Al-Sabi is a Brooklyn-based writer, researcher, and curator. She recently earned her MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts, where she focused her research on spatial politics and the intersection of art, architecture, and urban studies—an interest inspired by her background in architecture. Prior to moving to the US, Alia was based in the United Arab Emirates, where she worked at the Sharjah Art Foundation and Bidoun Magazine. In her life and her work, Alia’s interests are centered around issues of labor, migration, and the ways in which cultural institutions become instrumental in nation-building projects and the shaping of a collective consciousness.

Alia has previously contributed writings to Al Manakh: Gulf Continued, Canvas Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Bidoun, and was a contributor at Daily Serving, where she interviewed and showcased works of art by non-mainstream artists in a bimonthly column.

Alia hails from the quaint city of Sharjah (often mistaken for “Georgia”) by way of Palestine. Sometimes her Bed-Stuy neighborhood reminds her of home, sometimes it becomes it. In between she can be found waiting for the C-train.

Amanda White
Head of Content
Amanda White
Amanda White
Head of Content

Amanda White is a storyteller. She has led numerous projects in concept and content development and specializes in weaving narratives and design to create stunning experiences. An expert in subject research, Amanda mines content for its relevance and resonance for audiences. She is also a superb writer and presenter, working closely with our clients to develop projects. Amanda practices a highly collaborative and empowering work ethic with clients, communities and staff, always conscious of the importance of multiple voices, reflecting diversity and inclusion in her work.

Amanda comes from Aotearoa New Zealand, bringing years of experience working with the natural and cultural heritage of her homeland. Her academic background is in the perception of visual narratives, leading to her work with Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. She steered master planning and worked closely with Māori staff on policy for interpreting indigenous narratives and taonga (Māori artifact-ancestors).

At Thinc, Amanda continues to support indigenous narratives in collaboration with local communities including First Nations groups in Canada, Native American groups in the US, and indigenous groups in Mexico and the Middle East. Her expertise is increasingly in the intersection of cultural and ecological sustainability, developing impactful design and interpretation strategies focused on engaging people in the critical needs of our planet now and for future generations.

Amanda is a wife, mom, immigrant, geek and Brooklynite who is annoyingly earnest about social equity, climate justice and sustainable, cooperative models for living.

Christopher Boyd
Creative Technologist
Christopher Boyd
Christopher Boyd
Creative Technologist

Christopher Boyd is a versatile and imaginative technical generalist with 20 years of experience implementing digital solutions for clients from highly diverse industries.

He is skilled at bridging the gap between creative objectives and technology capabilities. He has pioneered innovative solutions for Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, Stenograph Corporation, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, US Polo Association and Madison Square Garden Entertainment.

He served as a Director of Technology for a rapidly growing $25MM jewelry company based in Indonesia where he successfully launched US operations and spearheaded the design and management of all technology and communications solutions.

As Director of Software Development for the NYC Board of Education, he conceptualized and implemented two online systems that resulted in a 300% increase in the school's system compliance with Federal and State Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation. One of his systems was utilized in the evacuation of NYC students from the Ground Zero area on 9/11 and received national acclaim, and became a model for safety plan reporting systems throughout the country.

Chris hopes his experience will allow him to mentor Thinc Design and its clients to embrace new ideas and explore new creative and technical horizons.

You can take the boy out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the boy! Chris still loves grilling... even in the NY winter!

Clara Morer
Designer
Clara Morer
Clara Morer
Designer

Clara Morer brings more than sixteen years of experience as an exhibit designer and project manager. With knowledge, experience and interest in all stages of a project, she is especially engaged with artifact display, technical development and production and installation oversight.

She has worked on projects such as the Museum of Environmental Sciences in Guadalajara, Mexico, The USA Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, and The Jordan Museum.

Prior to joining Thinc, Clara worked as an exhibit designer and project manager in Spain for several institutions and corporate firms, on national and international projects including the Madrid Pavilion at the World Expo Shanghai 2010, Sports Stadium Wayfinding Signage, and the Lazaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid, among others.

Clara holds a MA in Exhibit Design and a BA in Industrial Design from I.E.D., as well as studies in artifact conservation, mount display and showcases from the Spanish Society of Museography. In addition, she studied jewelry design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design in London.

Clara also has experience as a project design teacher at the graduate level at I.E.D.

Clara designs and makes contemporary jewelry pieces.

Clare Hughes
Creative Director
Clare Hughes
Clare Hughes
Creative Director

Cardinals in the Vatican, French grandmothers in their kitchens, Polish fighters from the Nazi resistance: these are just some of the people Clare has been privileged to work with throughout her long creative journey as a film-maker and narrative designer.

Her practice embraces spatial design, film-making, textiles and curating. She is considered a pioneer in the field of narrative design, bringing together 10 years of storytelling as a documentary director with the BBC in London and 15 years of spatial design with award-winning UK architects FCBStudios.

Clare uses storytelling to shape architectural space, design exhibition content and craft the visitor experience. Her focus is to involve audiences in meaningful and enduring experiences that spark the imagination and, sometimes, help ignite change to make the world a better place.

In 2015 Clare was awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to explore the future of museums across the USA and Europe. The publication of her Fellowship adventures Made You Look, Made You Stare has been received as an important contribution to the understanding of museums in the 21st century.

Clare is regularly invited as keynote speaker at international conferences on museum and exhibition design: most recently at the International Council of Museums Triennial in Milan, and at conferences in Tokyo, Taipei and New York.

Her middle name is a state secret but she might answer to Bonaparte. (She lived in Corsica for three years and now makes a mean chestnut polenta).

Cynthia Lee
Interpretive Planner
Cynthia Lee
Cynthia Lee
Interpretive Planner

Cynthia Lee is an interpretive planner who brings a deep interest in the human condition to spark curiosity about the world around us. Cynthia received her BA at Vassar College, and her MPhil in Anthropology at Columbia University. She had early experiences working in Hong Kong’s refugee camps and eventually became senior content developer for the Museum of Chinese in America. It was from these experiences that she derives a deep appreciation for the power of cultural work in everyday lives. She brings an understanding of community-based work, multi-disciplinary research, oral history, visual arts, and multimedia to a wide range of projects that aim to create engaging, immersive learning experiences.

Cynthia hails from the rocky north shores of Long Island, to which she attributes to her enduring love of places that meet the water and Little Neck clams. She also makes her own clothes.

Dean Prime
Executive Assistant
Dean Prime
Dean Prime
Executive Assistant

Dean is an accomplished team player with an analytical and curious mind. Dean began his undergraduate study in Buckinghamshire, England. After relocating to New York, he finished his BS Engineering Degree in Design and Innovation, at Columbia University.

His studies included Quantum Mechanics and Nano Technology, Fracture Mechanics and Statics, Innovative Design, and Design for Sustainability. Prior to this, Dean studied Stone Masonry through a three-year City and Guilds apprenticeship program in North Wales.

He has traveled and worked extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He speaks English and Welsh fluently, and conversational French, Spanish and German.

He is currently enrolled online in the University of Oxford, studying Archaeology.

Musician. Snowboarder. Artist. Tolkien Enthusiast. Equestrian. Pilot.

Helen Divjak
Interpretive Planner
Helen Divjak
Helen Divjak
Interpretive Planner

Helen Divjak is a Brooklyn-based storyteller, investigator, and cultural navigator with over fifteen years’ experience creating public programs, exhibits, and visitor experiences with museums in the US and the UK. She has worked with the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Seatle's Museum of History and Industry, the Burke Museum of Natural History as well as London's National Army Museum and the London Transport Museum. She has also contributed to projects with both the US and UK's National Archives. A passionate advocate for historic preservation and cultural heritage, Helen has extensive training in oral history, community engagement, and non-profit administration. Early in her career, the American Alliance of Museums named Helen an Emerging Museum Fellow, and her work has since won numerous local, regional and national awards.

Helen studied History and German Studies at Macalester College (Saint Paul, MN) and went on to earn a MA in European History from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), specializing in cross-cultural encounters and warfare. She has served as an adjunct lecturer in Museum Studies with the University of Washington’s Master’s Program, and instructed courses on the preservation, care and interpretation of historic collections.

Helen’s hobbies include visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the globe, baking, hiking and running.

Helen is a cookie connoisseur and fitness fanatic with a penchant for karaoke (ask to see her karaoke playlist).

James Hicks
Senior Designer
James Hicks
James Hicks
Senior Designer

Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, James Hicks moved to NYC to study architecture at The Cooper Union and has been designing exhibitions and content-rich architecture ever since. He has over twenty years of experience specializing in exhibits and interpretive architectural design for cultural institutions and museums here and abroad. James is dedicated to collaboration across disciplines and cultures to the intentional creation and communication of meaning.

His work includes projects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Vietnamese Women's Museum in Ha Noi, as well as NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Building Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone magazine and Sports Illustrated magazine.

James has traveled extensively in Asia and lived for extended periods in Vietnam and India. He has also taught as an adjunct at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, the Parsons School of Design and Columbia University in New York, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

James has been known to go to public parks and invite people to sit and get their portrait drawn by him.

Jesse Loosbrock
Designer
Jesse Loosbrock
Jesse Loosbrock
Designer

Jesse was born in Tennessee and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. At a young age, he discovered his predilection for asking questions about pretty much everything, and this curiosity crystallized an active imagination that continues to drive his interests today. Jesse has always loved to discover new ways of engaging his creative impulses – from making Claymation films with friends as a child, to learning how to 3D model with Rhino3D while still in grade school, to teaching himself how to play several musical instruments over the years. He considers his proclivity for learning to be his most valuable personality trait. Jesse’s passion for both art and science and his desire to work across a range of creative disciplines led him to a MA in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in 2016. For his thesis, he developed a novel method of 3D printing holograms and continues to explore potential applications for this invention.

At Thinc, Jesse gets to indulge his love of learning new things and apply his diverse skillset toward contributing something meaningful to the world.

Before his life as a designer, Jesse composed music and sound for advertisements, film, and other media, and collects analog synthesizers.

Jim Liu
Designer
Jim Liu
Jim Liu
Designer

Jim Shenxing Liu is a designer who focuses on exhibition, retail and product design. Jim found his passion in blending culture, technology and strategy into each project he has completed, from furniture design to work on World Expos. Jim has a BA in Environmental Design from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai and a MA in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, New York.

Growing up in Shanghai, Jim is always interested in traditional Asian art and aesthetics. His multicultural background with experience studying and working in both China and the US encourages him to find creative ways to bring ideas together: East and West, heritage and modernity, craft and industry. Before joining Thinc, Jim took a position as a director of design at a Seattle based furniture company designing B2B/B2C collateral, including design strategy, manufacturing development, product design, and branding. He also transitioned into experience design and project management, creating experiences for hospitality, retail, fashion and exhibitions. Jim has delivered work for clients like Cartier, Chanel, Tory Burch, Saks 5th Ave, Diesel, Amazon and the Shanghai World Expo.

Jim loves cooking; he believes cooking is about material, craft, culture and experience.

John Carson
Project Manager
John Carson
John Carson
Project Manager

John Carson was born and raised in the Sonoran Desert. An avid collector of desert critters, he at one time dreamed of working for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. He earned degrees in fine arts and architecture, bookended by a hitch in the Navy. He then worked for several construction and architectural firms and became a registered architect. With many years of architectural and construction experience under his belt, he branched out to become a project manager and architect for a design/build construction firm. While working on the Tempe History Museum (AZ), he was offered the opportunity to be lead designer for Vincent Ciulla Design (NYC) on local and natural history projects. He also worked for the Larson Company as project manager for aquarium, zoo and museum projects, and then with RhodesDahl as lead project manager on projects such as the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Steinhart Aquarium, Cleveland Institute of Art, the Naples Botanical Garden, and the Packard Foundation’s headquarters, a net-zero energy and LEED Platinum certified project.

John had worked with Thinc on multiple projects and was elated at the opportunity to join as a project manager. He continues to spend as much time as possible identifying (but not collecting) critters, and exploring new places and biomes.

You can take the rat out of the desert, but you can’t take the desert out of the rat.

Jorge Martinez
Senior Designer
Jorge Martinez
Jorge Martinez
Senior Designer

Jorge Martinez has extensive experience working for clients ranging from corporations and zoos to natural science and children’s museums. His work blends the best of environmental design—inviting spaces that evoke moods and settings at a glance—with an attention to content and a subtle wit that gives each exhibit a memorable twist. Jorge’s educational background is in aerospace engineering and archaeology. He split his time between engineering and art at the University of Michigan, where he graduated from the Industrial Design program. He began working at a children’s science museum while still in school and has been immersed in the world of exhibition design ever since. His work has spanned continents, communities, cultures, sciences and species. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Jorge accidentally purchased a Sylvester Stallone self-portrait in an art auction, which he has been learning to love ever since.

Lukas Thorn
Senior Designer
Lukas Thorn
Lukas Thorn
Senior Designer

Lukas was born and raised in Washington DC, where frequent visits to the National Gallery, Smithsonian and the National Aquarium helped shape his view of the world. Earning degrees in architecture from the University of Virginia and Harvard's Graduate School of Design, he focused his studies on sustainability and cultural perceptions of nature.

Lukas began his professional carrier designing and realizing bespoke residential and educational projects, but soon grew to take on projects of greater complexity and civic significance, from the first LEED Silver Major League Baseball stadium to major mixed use and super tall projects at the forefront of the net zero movement.

Specializing in experience and exhibition design, Lukas has spent the past decade honing his skill to bring ideas to life in spaces of public dialogue. With Thinc Design, he has worked on such projects as: The Living Core, Miami Science Museum; South American Tropical Rainforest, San Francisco Zoo; Discovery Center, Discovery Park of America; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Seattle Aquarium; AIB, Smithsonian; 4 World Trade Center, Lobby Art, and GE What Works.

A new NYC ferry service has Lukas very much looking forward to starting his day on the water rather than under the ground.

Mary Chin
Project Accountant
Mary Chin
Mary Chin
Project Accountant

Mary Chin is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens, NY. She has a fondness for design, which bloomed when she attended Brooklyn Tech and majored in architecture. She then went to C.U.N.Y. Hunter College, where she received a BA in Sociology.

Mary brings several years of administrative experience to her role. After serving as a leasing assistant at Hudson Park LLC, she worked for three years at SHoP Architects in multiple capacities. She moved from administrative assistant to accounting assistant, and then to assistant business manager, where she created financial reports and project revenue projections, maintained project budgets, documented and administered contract information and assisted with financial audits. She also worked in a similar capacity at Grimshaw Architects before joining Thinc Design.

Mary likes to cook, dine on good food, garden, and travel.

Matt Tarpley
Designer
Matt Tarpley
Matt Tarpley
Designer

Born and raised and in Jacksonville, Florida, Matt earned a BA in Design from the University of Florida in 2011 and a MA from MIT in 2016. Matt has worked for multiple architecture firms in Boston and New York, most recently at Morphosis under the direction of Thom Mayne. His work on small-scale installations and large-scale master planning projects has won design awards and been featured in publications like WIRED magazine.

Matt grew up on a healthy diet of science fiction films and punk music that continues to permeate his life and work.

In his spare time, Matt can be found hitting the links at Chelsea Piers or grabbing a latte at the nearest coffee shop.

Meital Gueta
Designer
Meital Gueta
Meital Gueta
Designer

Meital Gueta has a special interest in visual exploration; she is fascinated by projects that present an opportunity for innovative design ideas and experiences in public spaces. Meital's creativity spans a variety of disciplines including exhibition, environmental, and graphic design. Underlying her approach is a commitment to translate exhibition concepts into meaningful experiences for people.

At Thinc, Meital’s unique skills have been applied to projects as diverse as the USA pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Jordan Museum and the World Science Forum 2017, Jordan.

Meital earned an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York and completed an undergraduate degree in Visual Communication at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. The ISEF Foundation and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation awarded her scholarships. In 2007, Meital took part in the group exhibition Designed in Israel, after being selected as a Future Israeli Designer. Her work has been presented in Tel- Aviv, London, and New York.

A native-born Israeli, Meital is fluent in Hebrew.

Meital is a delicate cactus.

Mekala Krishnan
Interpretive Planner
Mekala Krishnan
Mekala Krishnan
Interpretive Planner

Mekala Krishnan is an Interpretive Planner and Public Historian with a passion for sharing art and history with the broadest possible audience. She has extensive experience in interpretation, content research and creation, exhibition planning, and project management. She believes in the power of stories to connect people, and has a strong track record for collaborating across disciplines to create dynamic, innovative exhibition experiences.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mekala comes to New York by way of Philadelphia, DC, England, Canada, Bahrain and India. She was previously the first Collections Interpreter at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she developed numerous exhibition projects, creating interpretive materials from labels to digital interactives. Prior to that she worked in curatorial research at Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler Galleries, producing content, project managing and creating digital outreach for major exhibitions.

She earned her BA in History and French from University of Warwick (UK) and her MA in Public History from American University (DC), where she gained experience with oral history, memory studies, visitor research and public interpretation. Mekala also brings a familiarity with the performing arts, having practiced Indian Classical dance (Bharatanatyam) for over 2 decades.

Mekala is a dancer, dreamer, foodie, bibliophile, and die-hard Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

Melanie Feaster
Designer
Melanie Feaster
Melanie Feaster
Designer

Melanie Feaster is a designer with a background working in museums, university galleries, design studios, and non-profit arts organizations. Her diverse skill set includes exhibition design, graphic design, research, and content management.

Prior to joining Thinc, Melanie worked as a registrar for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in Baltimore, MD. There, she managed the gallery’s Civil Rights Archive for the traveling exhibition, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Additionally, she worked as an associate designer at International Arts & Artists in Washington, DC and created the visual identity for various traveling exhibitions, such as Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art. Her exhibition branding packages consisted of logo designs, didactic materials, and exhibition catalogs.

Melanie holds a MA in Exhibition Design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and a BA in Visual Arts with concentrations in Graphic Design and Art History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She designed her first exhibition, Constructed: Images of Labor, while attending the Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies at Smith College.

Melanie is a proud nerd, whose range of interests includes pop culture trivia, weird history, and supporting the PS4 in the console wars.

Mike Shakespear
Senior Designer
Mike Shakespear
Mike Shakespear
Senior Designer

Mike Shakespear joined the firm in 2000 with a broad design background and a concentrated experience in aquarium architecture. His work at Thinc includes the California Academy of Sciences, the Maritime Aquarium, the National Aquarium, the Seattle Aquarium, Freedom Park in South Africa, the Scripps Earth Exploration Center, the Miami Frost Science Museum, the San Francisco Zoo, the MIT Museum, the Oman Natural History Museum, the Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and more.

Mike’s capabilities range from master planning to detailed design. His physical designs are grounded in extensive expertise as a licensed architect with an engineering and construction background. He is LEED accredited.

Before Thinc, Mike spent years with city of Charleston to build the South Carolina Aquarium, located on a brown field site. Previously, he co-founded Shakespear Burns Architects, completing projects ranging from residential to the Education Building at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He also worked on a number of artistic projects ranging from the Venice Biennale to an exhibition with Charles Eames.

Mike has degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT and architecture from UC Berkeley. His design work has garnered many awards. He is proficient in Spanish and German.

Outside of work he is a fan of vintage Mini Coopers, tools of all types, and good dinner conversations.

Molly McBride
Executive Producer
Molly McBride
Molly McBride
Executive Producer

Molly McBride is an Emmy and Telly Award winning media producer, as well as a writer and director. She specializes in museum and exhibition video installations, multi-camera music programs, films, cultural documentaries, and corporate video installations. Molly has produced media for both temporary and permanent video installations of all scales.

As Executive Producer for Media in the US Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015, Molly created thematic projections, interactive videos, and intimate documentary portraits. Previous video installation work includes The Caring World, an exhibition gallery with ten films and interactive video installations in Beijing; and sixteen core exhibition films for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Molly produces and directs filming theatrical and musical performances. Her producing credits include the PBS dance special Pennsylvania Ballet at 50 and Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also directed music festival webcasts. Previously, she was a Producer and Director at Sathya Production Services specializing in music and dance performance films.

Her documentary and educational film work spans ethnographic studies in Latin America and West Africa, portraits of classical musicians and projects on the impact of music in developing communities.

She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.

Oronde Wright
Senior Designer
Oronde Wright
Oronde Wright
Senior Designer

Oronde Wright loves a good problem. Even as a student designer at Rochester Institute of Technology, he always pushed himself to come up with many diverse solutions to a challenge. While there, Oronde set up an interclass mentorship program based on his conviction that every generation should strive to be better than the last. The experience exposed him to the pleasure of working for and with a community dedicated to self-betterment. His time as an art therapist at Menorah Nursing Home also fostered his sense putting people first in a space.

During his career as an exhibit designer he's worked on zoos, national museums and international expos, but his favorite project was a humble climate exhibit in Kathmandu that focused on teaching school groups how they could deal with climate change.

For fun, Oronde writes fiction and is fascinated with storytelling in all mediums, as it's an art form deeply ingrained in humanity since its early history.

Yes, my locks have taken over my brain and they do what they please!

Patricio Andrade
Designer
Patricio Andrade
Patricio Andrade
Designer

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Patricio received his BA in Architecture from Pratt Institute and studied furniture design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He began his career by building a strong technical foundation working in various office settings. Working on all phases of design for various international high-end retail flagships and the development of international millwork and architectural standards for Tiffany and Co.

A desire to combine his technical skills and a lifelong love of hand labor led Pat to begin designing and building his own furniture designs and objects. Over the last two years, he has worked as an architectural design and fabrication consultant, with work spanning the design and build of local and international restaurants, custom furniture design for an award-winning hotel in Hunter NY, and the designing, prototyping, and development of Chipotles restaurant fixtures standards.

Patricio spends his free time creating memories with his wife and daughter. He considers himself an avid basketball player, die-hard Knicks fan and design entrepreneur.

Peter Daly
Managing Director
Peter Daly
Peter Daly
Managing Director

Peter is a native New Yorker who was educated at both Fordham Preparatory School and Fordham University. During his nearly 40-year career he has been able to combine his learned business skills with his skills as a New York stage actor, comedian, musician, writer and bouncer, to carve out a unique career path at the intersection of creativity and commerce. Peter has managed companies in the fields of music production, advertising, publishing, social media marketing and design. He is proud of the work Thinc has done and is excited to see where Thinc moves forward because he strongly believes in the nobility of designing public experiences that people choose to visit.

As a blues fanatic one of the great joys of Peter's life was playing with his idol, Buddy Guy, at the guitar legend's club in Chicago.

Philip Drew
Project Director
Philip Drew
Philip Drew
Project Director

Philip Drew is a versatile designer with wide ranging experience in exhibit design and extensive knowledge of zoological design.

He began his career at DMCD Incorporated, designing environments and developing content for cultural institutions dealing with a range of specialized subjects. Major projects include the National Museum of Australia, the Museum of Natural History at Yellowstone Park, and a series of science exhibits – including a hundred foot long hydrocarbon molecule – located in the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Philip worked for five years at the Bronx Zoo / Wildlife Conservation Society, gaining detailed understanding of zoological operations and animal care. He was both a leading participant in and manager of the creative team that designed the Madagascar! exhibit, winner of the 2009 AAM award for “Excellence in Exhibit Design and Planning”.

Philip is an accomplished furniture maker who enjoys mixing computer-generated forms with old school craftsmanship. He has a BA from Wesleyan and a MArch degree from Yale. He is the designer of record for six residential construction projects, one of which earned a citation for integration of green technology with historic preservation. His drawings and furniture have appeared in exhibitions in Cambridge, Toronto, New York, and New Haven.

Philip is an Ashtanga yoga teacher, invented the Lemur Trampoline, and owns a dictionary stand.

Tom Hennes
Principal & Founder
Tom Hennes
Tom Hennes
Principal & Founder

Tom Hennes, founder of Thinc Design, is one of the most sought-after exhibition designers in the world. He has designed a whole range of museums, visitor centers, zoos, aquaria, art installations and cultural attractions, from New York City, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago, to South Africa, Holland, Viet Nam, China, the Middle East and beyond.

His starting point in founding the studio was to pose the question: What can one exhibit DO? He believes that exhibits can transform people’s lives. More than just forms of entertainment or education, powerful exhibits can bring communities together. They can create memorable sensory experiences that encourage people to see the world differently. They can inspire change.

He began as a designer for opera, ballet, concerts and national Broadway tours. The transition to exhibition design was natural: both practices involve transforming space and creating immersive experiences. His early career included Annie and Evita, and productions for the Santa Fe Opera, Carnegie Hall, and the Warsaw Ballet. Corporate clients included AT&T, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and IBM. He also designed the TED conference stage for nine consecutive years.

Tom’s published writing promotes exhibitions as powerful places of personal experience and learning. He has lectured at national and international conferences and is Associate Editor for Curator: The Museum Journal. He also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute, NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds multiple patents for immersive theaters and 3-D projection techniques.

Where did 'Thinc' come from? Tom Hennes Inc.

Tom is an avid cyclist, scuba diver, and licensed pilot.

Trip Kyle
Project Manager
Trip Kyle
Trip Kyle
Project Manager

Prior to launching his production firm Rocket Global, LLC, Trip Kyle was responsible for delivery of ESI Design's 3-dimensional projects. This included design strategies and all aspects of exhibit production, managing the process to completion.

Trip was a key player in the growth and success of an internationally recognized design/build firm, Tangram Exhibitions. In addition to corporate responsibilities as VP, he directed project management and was a primary contact for Nike, Starbucks, Polo Ralph Lauren and HBO. Trip directed the museum division, overseeing multiple new museum and renovation projects.

Trip has extensive international experience, helping launch a successful exhibition firm in Cannes, France and delivering projects throughout Europe. He has supervised large installations across the US, in Canada, Central/South America and Asia.

He graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in History and a teaching certification from NYU. He has continued studies in structural engineering, project management and pyro-technics.

Trip's roots are hands-on woodworking. He studied with a furniture maker in Rhode Island after college and recently designed/built his own net-zero energy house in Ossining, NY. But what he really wants to be when he grows up is a gym teacher.

Zahava Doering
Senior Social Scientist
Zahava Doering
Zahava Doering
Senior Social Scientist

Zahava D. Doering, PhD, Senior Social Scientist, brings expertise in collaborating with cultural institutions in the US and around the world. Zahava develops and applies methods to collect and analyze narratives and quantitative data that capture the behaviors, attitudes, opinions and emotions of users (and potential users). Her personal passions, professional efforts, and skills focus on ensuring that individuals who attend cultural sites have meaningful and participatory experiences, and are at the center of exhibition programs.

Zahava recently joined Thinc after three decades at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. There, she led the ‘participant voice’ component of many exhibitions and programs at all the Smithsonian museums.

In a staff or consultant capacity, Zahava’s experience encompasses the design and execution of background studies and research for future exhibitions; assessment of current exhibitions to inform future installations; developmental evaluation of on-going programs; initial planning of major museums; as well as recruiting and training interpreters at cultural festivals.

For fifteen years, until 2017, Zahava served as Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal, a preeminent peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. She publishes extensively, lectures at national and international meetings and conducts workshops and seminars throughout the world, most recently in China, Italy, and Belgium.