Tony Schmidt

Tony Schmidt, IDSA | PGAV Destinations

St. Louis Education Chair: 2016-2017
St. Louis Chapter Chair: 2014-2016
St. Louis Chapter Co-Vice Chair: 2013-2014

After serving as the IDSA-St. Louis Chapter Chair through 2014-2015 and as co-Vice Chair in 2013, I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute and learned a lot. The chapter and IDSA have consistently proven for me a steady stream of opportunities not only through its dynamic programming and outreach, but through the amazing people I get to meet within our community who simply love design and continue to find innovative ways to advance our field. I chose the role of Education Chair because I view it as an opportunity to give back. There is energy in persistent learning and I simply want to be close to it.

A little about me…I have been blessed to work professionally as a designer now for over 19 years. In 2011 I moved to St. Louis and joined PGAV Destinations  as an Exhibit Designer initially to work with a team on the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. While at PGAV my emphasis has been toward the development of interactive exhibit designs with an aim to educate through entertaining & engaging guest experiences. Throughout my career I’ve had the privilege to work on many different projects at different stages of their developments ranging from early master planning/concepts to final design deliverables and field art direction. Prior to PGAV, my wife and I lived in Dubai for nearly 3 years where I worked overseas on Ferrari World Abu Dhabi  in the roles of Design Coordinator and the Assistant Art Director (opened as the world’s largest indoor theme park featuring over 20 state-of-the-art attractions at 86,000 square meters, 925,000 square feet, of interior space). Ferrari World offered me the opportunity to work as a designer on a large project from early attraction concepts in 2006, through all phases of design, fabrication, and installation, to project completion at its Grand Opening in December, 2010. It granted me not only concept-to-market exposure for the life of attraction development, but the position to do so within an international forum of mixed cultures with varied strategies for implementation. Throughout my career I’ve had the pleasure to work within many different facets of the design industry and with many exceptional people. I look forward to opportunities to further nurture a diversified Industrial Design professional culture within our vibrant St. Louis chapter.

I earned a master’s degree in Set Design for the theater from the University of Missouri Kansas City in Set Design, and a bachelor’s degree in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art.