I developed an interest in wildlife and natural history at an early age. These interests have influenced my art and in combination with my travels led me to the design and fabrication of animal and natural history exhibits. One of my goals is to create the best possible living space for whatever animal is being exhibited while getting the visitor more involved.

I am also well aware of the other considerations needed when designing exhibits. Besides the animals’ welfare and the visitor’s perception and experience, the keepers and curators need to be able to safely and effectively manage the animals. This means working with each institution to match their own management styles in the design of the exhibits.

Today’s zoos and aquariums have taken on a new role of conservation, education as well as entertainment. Both the animal side and the visitor side are important to capture and engage the visitor and to create a stimulating and healthy living environment for the animals

Ray Robinson started Robinson Design in 2008 after 30 years working as a designer and fabricator for other companies and institutions.


2007-Present Freelance Design work

2001-2007 Vice President of Habitat Design

C&P Architects, Inc.

Boston, MA

1989-2001 Vice President of Design

David L. Manwarren Corporation

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

1980-1989 Exhibit Designer

Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, IL

1975-1977 Chief Wildlife Artist

Iranian Department of the Environment


1972-1974 Art teacher

Cairo American College

Cairo, Egypt


California State University at Long Beach, Masters in drawing and painting 1975

Teaching Experience

Instructor: University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI

Associated Publication: excerpts in “Zoo Design: The Reality of Wild Illusion”


Illustrator: Mammals of Iran, 1976

Illustrator: Snakes of Iran, 1976

Illustrations for the “Los Angeles Audubon Society” monthly publication

Travel Experience

Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, India, Middle East, North America and South America