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MUSEUM EXHIBIT DESIGNER AKI CARPENTER ADAPTS CULTURAL HISTORY TO THE MODERN WORLD.

When Greenville, South Caro- lina, native Aki Carpenter was in fifth grade, she visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. “I remember feeling how physical the narrative felt,” she says. Now, nearly three decades later, she works as a design director and associate for Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), the firm responsible for creating the interior spaces of that groundbreaking museum and dozens of others around the world. Carpenter, who has led 12 award-winning projects, oversaw the creative direction and exhibition design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC),

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