Born in the Lake District during the Festival Of Britain, Tim studied Interior Design at Manchester School of Art, then the Royal College of Art. He taught a lot, worked in many commercial studios and then founded an award-winning design practice Simpson Molloy, specialising in exhibition design.
In 1993, Tim joined the Science Museum, based in South Kensington. Over a twenty-year career as Creative Director, he developed a unique role and an international reputation for nurturing creativity, collaboration and experimentation. The Science Museum became a laboratory for change, winning seventeen major design awards and consistently delivering world-class, game-changing experiences to three million visitors annually.
During this time, he was awarded Fellowships of the Royal College of Art and The Royal Society of Arts. Tim has held several visiting professorships, has taught, advised and examined at many design courses nationally and internationally and regularly contributes to awards, advisory and educational panels.
Tim retired early from institutional life in 2013 to establish an independent consultancy providing strategic, innovative creative services to museums and similar institutions. Increasingly, he finds the working practices of the artist, rather than the designer more interesting and vital to his own professional development.
As a consequence of all of this, Tim encourages students to see their world differently, to challenge what they see and to respond accordingly, always with a desire to provoke change.
Tim Molloy FRCA FRSA