Richard is one of the leading museum and exhibition designers and has over thirty years’ experience in the public and private sectors. After graduating with a degree in Furniture Design from Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, he spent the early part of his career at the British Museum where he designed a number of special exhibitions including The American War of Independence, The Qur’an and Wealth of the Roman World: Gold & Silver AD 300-700, and also in commercial exhibition design as display officer with the International Harvester Company of Great Britain Ltd.
From 1980-1983 he was at the Science Museum where he designed the Concorde exhibition at RNAS Yeovilton (1980) and the Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Power Gallery at South Kensington (1982) before becoming Head of Design at the Science Museum’s new outstation, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (re-named the National Media Museum). Over the next six years he added several new displays at the NMPFT including the Television Galleries (1986) and the Kodak Museum (1989).
From 1989-90, he was a visiting designer at the Computer Museum, Boston, where he worked with a large team of specialists on the design and production of the Giant Walk-through Computer, a hugely successful $1.5 million exhibit that increased attendance six-fold.
On returning to the UK in June 1990, Richard became Head of Design at Eureka! and successfully guided the £10 million innovative project through to completion. Eureka! was the first museum of its kind in Britain and has been enthusiastically received by critics and visitors. Eureka! continues to flourish.
Richard established his own consultancy in April 1993 and formed Richard Fowler Associates in February 1994. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and a member of the Museums Association.
When not working, Richard might be spotted waving hankies outside a pub, whizzing around on his beloved BSA Gold Star, thigh-deep in a river casting a fly or watching Huddersfield Town.