Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) is one of the world's longest-established and largest museum exhibition design firms with offices in New York City, London, Beijing, Berlin, Moscow, and Dubai.[1][2]

Ralph Appelbaum Associates
TypePrivate partnership
IndustryDesign and Architecture
FounderRalph Appelbaum
HeadquartersNew York, United States
Number of locations
New York City, London, Beijing, Berlin, Moscow, and Dubai
Area served
Key people
Nick Appelbaum, Partner
ServicesExhibition and attraction design consultancy
Number of employees


The firm was founded in 1978 by Ralph Appelbaum (born 1942), a graduate of Pratt Institute and former Peace Corps volunteer (in Peru). Appelbaum currently directs RAA's undertakings, and retains daily involvement in selected commissions.

The New York Times reported in 1999 that the firm was composed of "architects, designers, editors, model builders, historians, childhood specialists, one poet, one painter and one astrophysicist."[3]

The company's best-known project is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Established in 1993, the museum has been described as a "turning point in museology".[3]

Major projectsEdit

RAA has completed 700 commissions in over 40 countries.[4]

National museums




Temporary Exhibitions



Selected worksEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ William Grimes (1994-01-11). "New Approach to Museum-Show Design". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  2. ^ Bradford A. McKee, What's a Museum: What he says it is. How Ralph Appelbaum built a monopoly in the field of exhibition design. Architecture Magazine, 2002.
  3. ^ a b Soloman, Deborah (1999-04-21). "He Turns the Past Into Stories and the Galleries Fill Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  4. ^ "Ralph Appelbaum Associates". raai.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  5. ^ The Crown Jewels, The Tower of London, UK.

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