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AV Systems Designer

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G&A is seeking an AV Systems Designer responsible for ideation, design, documentation and construction administration of the AV elements of a public exhibition. G&A’s projects range from permanent and traveling exhibits, to branded experience centers, to corporate centers, to large-scale museums. This role will report to the Lead AV Systems Designer and the Director of Technology.  


The ideal candidate for this role will be both technical and creative. They will have knowledge of the exhibit and architectural design processes and requirements, and be able to deftly communicate with designers, architects, lighting designers, fabricators, and clients. The AV Systems Designer will work with the design teams to provide options which enable novel methods of sensing input and digital output, as well as provide feasibility consultation and risk mitigation. They will develop a fully-biddable AV hardware package through a phased design approach, participate in the bid negotiation phase, review shop drawings, participate in fabrication shop and site visits, and oversee the final AV commissioning of a project.


The AV Systems Designer will work collaboratively with internal design and technology teams, consultants, and with clients from renowned museums, corporations, universities and governmental organizations. 





  • The ideal candidate will be able to creatively solve problems and achieve design intent from ideation to completion, offering innovative AV hardware solutions within an iterative design process

  • Design complete AV hardware systems including experiential technologies: audio, visual, sensing, computing, and show control components

  • Act as the primary reviewer of shop drawings for AV integration elements

  • With the team of Creative Technologists, identify and narrow down specific AV hardware selections

  • Review exhibit design drawings and communicate with teams for AV requirements to meet design intent, providing drawings for design intent and equipment cut sheets

  • Communicate with project architects to convey and protect the AV infrastructure and space prep required for the AV design

  • Identify shared components of building infrastructure and IT systems to liaise with client-side IT teams and consultants

  • Assist with the creation of internal Tech/design team prototypes to validate AV components and AV integration techniques

  • Participate in AV Integrator shop visits to assess operability of complex systems and AV integration techniques

  • Partake in client meetings, and turn client and internal feedback into well documented AV system changes

  • Coordinate with software developers to confirm system requirements are met with chosen AV equipment

  • Review installations and ensure AV Integrators are following intended design choices

  • Provide on-site installation support and troubleshooting when needed

  • Candidate will be responsible for these AV hardware system design package deliverables at various phases of a project:

    • Equipment specifications

    • System controls & integration 

    • ROM and line-item cost estimating for equipment and installation 

    • Single-lines and rack drawings 

    • Equipment location and architectural requirements plans (power/data locations)

    • Projection studies

    • Equipment heat loads and power assessment

    • Risk identification and mitigation plans

    • Recommended maintenance protocols and longevity assessments




  • 7+ years experience designing AV systems

  • 3+ years overseeing AV system installations, including feet on the ground troubleshooting experience

  • Experience creating bid-ready AV packages on small to large scale projects

  • Expertise in all AV system components, including speakers, projectors and lenses, displays and touch displays of various types and formats, computer systems, audio and video playback systems, automation systems, show control systems, networking, remote management equipment, etc.

  • Ability to reason around experimental sensors and equipment configurations

  • Experience working with hardware for complex, software driven digital interactives

  • Knowledge of and experience with architectural and exhibit design processes


Benefits Include:

Competitive Salary, Paid Time Off (PTO), Company Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Employee Referral Bonus Program, PPO Medical Plan, Dental Plan, Summer Fridays



Qualified candidates, please submit a letter of interest, PDF of resume, and portfolio 


Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.A. and live in or be willing to relocate to the New York City area.