Providing Imaginative, Inspiring and Innovative Spaces



Offering clients more than 30 years of experience, expertise and a creative and operational space of over 200,000 square feet, Bluewater Studio provides a full range of essential services for Environments and Exhibitions. These include project planning, design assist and design build, media, technology, fabrication and installation. Supported by a vigorous and dynamic organization, the Bluewater Studio team delivers exceptional leadership, innovative project solutions and highly successful results.



Successful exhibits and environmental spaces demand careful planning and dedicated management.  Every project is based on best practices and processes that are highly organized and clearly communicated and overseen by experts from conception to completion. Above all, Bluewater Studio institutes and nurtures ongoing creative collaborations at every level including:

Project Planning | Project Financial Modeling | Budgeting & Estimating
Contract Management | Project Management | Contractor & Consultant Coordination

Facility Integration Coordination | Interpretive Planning | Content Development


The Bluewater Studio can take the creative lead on a project or provide clients and design partners with as much support as they need when they need it. Experienced in both Design Assist and Design Build approaches, we contribute innovative strategies that illuminate, support and advance project decision-making, including:

Project Management | Concept Design | Detail Design
Graphic Design | Media & Technology Design | Lighting Design

Budgeting & Estimating


The creative expertise of its parent company ensures that cutting-edge media solutions are woven into the fabric of every Bluewater Studio project right from the start. Expert in integrating design, production and technological solutions, the Bluewater Studio team knows how to use just the right resources to enhance every story. We have an astounding array of in-house media resources including:

Project Management | Interactive Experiences | Data Visualization
Content Development | Media System Solutions | Equipment Integration
Lighting Systems and Integration | Live Event Solutions


With a history of productive collaboration, the team has led and successfully executed projects of varied size, complexity and diversity – nationally and internationally. Their knowledge and experience with a wide range of materials, fabrication processes and graphic techniques, assures clients and design partners of a range of solutions to meet their project’s creative, budgetary and schedule goals. Best of all, the team has an exceptional talent for design, coupled with a commitment to quality. Services include:

Project Management | Estimating and Budgeting | Detailing
Prototyping and Mockups | Material Samples | Graphic Production
Artifact Mounting | Fabrication | Installation
On-site Training & Maintenance Manual

Where every project is a collaborative voyage

The Bluewater Studio team has spearheaded the development of a wide array of great environments and exhibitions around the world.
Whatever the project, they ensure successful creative partnerships by providing imaginative, inspired and innovative market leadership.


The Bluewater Studio Leadership Team

For over two decades James Hungerford, Erich Zuern and Jim Gould have collaborated on the concepting, planning, creation and installation of innovative projects for museums, corporations, healthcare facilities and institutions of higher education.

 A history of landmark projects worldwide

This team has been innovating, producing and installing cutting-edge exhibits and experiential spaces in the United States and around the world for over twenty years.

 What people say

  • “Jim Hungerford, Erich Zuern, and Jim Gould are experts in the world of museum exhibitions based on years of experience and keen understanding of the central role culture plays in society today. They’re creative, collaborative, and delivery-oriented.”

    Maria Piacente, Vice President Exhibitions
    Lord Cultural Resources

  • “I have had the privilege to work with the team at Bluewater Studio on many exhibition projects. Their team always keeps the projects focused and on track with fantastic results.”

    James Bruer, Principal
    WeatherstonBruer Associates 

  • “…incredibly effective exhibit producer, a collaborative communicator, and tightly focused on meeting client expectations while taking into consideration the unique needs of each project….creative, resourceful, trustworthy and able to solve complex design challenges by leveraging the expertise of all team members.”

    Mary Trieschmann, Principal Consultant
    Trieschmann Exhibit Development 

  • “Working with Erich Zuern was a great experience…there was always great communication, great ideas, and the result is a fabulous exhibit. “

    Stefanie Kohn, Curator
    National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

  • “Thanks, BW team, This is the most amazing corporate branding install that I have seen. The creativity, communication, cooperation, and teamwork were truly enjoyable, and the end-product spectacular.”

    Bob Klinger, LEED AP Vice President

  • “Bluewater Studio has separated your team from our pool of other partners. This distinction is due to your impressive attention to this project, general ease of working with you and your final quality product. A sincere thank you from your friends at Kahler Slater.”

    Tony LaPorte, Environmental Branding Team Leader



Environments and exhibitions provide unique and exciting opportunities to share ideas, inspire creativity, educate, provide meaning and communicate culture. Bluewater Studio is committed to helping our clients and partners make the most of these opportunities through the most creative and purposeful physical and virtual storytelling experiences possible.