Mike Hawkes

Associate Director

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me


I am an innovator, I create experiences and environments which use a wide variety of media to tell stories. I was the lead 3D designer in the recent David Bowie Is exhibition in London and Toronto. I am a qualified Architect with over 20 years experience of the Building and Exhibition, and Interior design profession. I love telling stories through experiences.



  • Commercial Interior Design
  • CAD
  • Concept
  • Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Project Management
  • Sketching
  • Creative Direction
  • Public Exhibitions
  • Temporary Displays
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Vision
  • Interpretation
  • Interactive Experiential Design

Work history


Associate Director, Senior Exhibition Designer and Architect

Real Studios Ltd

Aug 2000
  • Associate Director 1 year, prior to that Senior Exhibition Designer and Project Manager for over 12 years. I take a leading role in a lot of the creative direction. I am involved in preparing and presenting pitches. I have been the lead designer and project manager on many of the offices major and award winning projects. Notably was lead 3D designer on the David Bowie Is exhibition at the initially at the V&A and now touring. Selected Projects: Cosmonauts - Science Museum Windermere Jetty David Bowie Is - V&A Shah Abbas - British Museum The Vault - Natural History Museum History Gallery - The Lightbox Imperial War Museum North



Design Week Awards Highly Commended Best Exhibition

Design Week

  • David Bowie Is at the V&A was highly commended at the Design Week Awards http://www.designweek.co.uk/news/the-2014-design-week-awards-winners/3038402.article


Best Temporary Exhibition

  • David Bowie Is won the best temporary exhibition award at the Museums and Heritage show http://www.museumsandheritage.com/show/awards/award-winners-2014/item/victoria-and-albert-museum-david-bowie-is


Museum of the Year

  • The Lightbox Woking was awarded best Museum in the Artfund prize http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/