Jake Barton is Principal and Founder of Local Projects, a media and physical design firm that creates ground breaking experiences. Credits include landmark projects like the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Legacy Museum. Having won every major award including the National Design Award, current work includes a new wing for the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem, a UNESCO world heritage site in Sydney, and all of the IBM Watson Experience Centers. Jake's TED talk has nearly one million views, and he is on Fast Company Magazine’s list of top fifty designers.
Sam Wellbrock is a Director of Project Management, responsible for ensuring optimal efficiency and quality across all projects through process and communication. Prior to Local Projects, Sam spent her career working across digital and physical spaces to create human-centered experiences that are rooted in technical stability and design integrity. She has worked on products and experiences for Gagosian Gallery, Sonos, Sweetgreen, Comcast, Royal Caribbean, Vice Magazine, and NY Bike Share.
Keith Butters is Director of Creative Technology at Local Projects. Prior to LP, Keith co-founded The Barbarian Group, was instrumental in the creation and growth of the creative coding library Cinder (awarded the first ever Cannes Lions Innovation Grand Prix), and has lead creative, design and technical leadership teams, releasing acclaimed interactive projects for companies including Volkswagen, PepsiCo, Burger King, Kashi and Nike, and leading large-scale interactive installations for clients like Samsung and Bell Labs.
Francisco Miranda oversees the studio’s financial activities, the daily operations of design teams, as well as the studio's long-term growth strategy. Before coming to Local Projects, Francisco held the role of EVP, Managing Director at Zimmerman Advertising, where he spearheaded award-winning campaigns, launched a full-service digital practice, established successful integrated programs, experiential and multicultural divisions, and was part of Omnicom's Strategic Leadership Team.
Christina directs the Visual Experience Design team and strives to inspire innovative visual storytelling through a cross-disciplinary approach to design. At Local Projects she has led creative for clients including IBM Watson, The National Museum of Australia, Futures Without Violence and The Shed. In past work, she has created brand identities, branded environments and experiences, and has designed and curated exhibitions with clients such as Google, Pantone, Levi’s, Recode, The Museum of the Moving Image, Future of Storytelling and Generally Assembly. She holds a BFA and an MFA in design and photography, and has taught interactive design and design thinking at Pratt, Princeton and Rutgers.
Christopher Fung is a Creative Director and oversees motion design. Christopher has worked internationally in the film and advertising space for brands like AdCouncil, Amazon, AT&T, BMW, Folgers, Ford, Google, HBO, LG, Microsoft, Nike, ESPN, Samsung, Telus, Toyota, and Under Armour as well as music videos for bands such as Grimes, Kanye West and Kings of Leon . Before coming to Local Projects, Christopher was one of the inaugural members of design and production studio Shilo, where he built and headed the CG department for 6 years. In 2010, he founded his own creative studio Ladies & Gentlemen, finding a niche in creating multidisciplinary work that combined live action filmmaking, animation, visual effects and experimental design with an expanding roster of clients and collaborators in the ever changing creative landscape.
Eric directs the Creative Technology Department, and as Creative Director he focuses on designing intuitive and tangible interfaces around complex subjects. His recent projects include interactive installations for the The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Noticing Tools suite of learning apps for the New York Hall of Science, and the Body Metrics and BioDesign Studio permanent exhibitions at the Tech Museum of Innovation. Prior to joining Local Projects, Eric co-founded Plural Design in Chicago and developed interactive installations for a range of clients and contexts, including Eyebeam, Wired, and artist Anthony McCall. Work from his independent practice has been exhibited at the Anthology Film Archives, the Hyde Park Art Center, 319 Scholes, Flux Factory, and Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna. Eric holds an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a BS from Northwestern.
Amelia Falco leads projects as a Creative Director, with a focus on experiential retail. Prior to joining LP, she led creative on large retail, brand and experiential projects, including the Adidas 5th Avenue flagship store in New York City and Beijing, NBA Flagship Store, Nintendo Flagship renovation, and the Brookfield Luminaries installation at Brookfield Place. Amelia is a registered Architect in both Arizona and New York, and holds NCARB and LEED BD+C certifications. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona, where she was the recipient of the Kirby Lockard Scholarship.
Anthony is the Director of Physical Design and a registered architect in the State of New York. He oversees LP's physical design projects and has acted as the lead on projects like the Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, and Planet Word. Prior to joining Local Projects, Anthony taught architectural studios, created architectural installations as an associate of the icebergproject collaborative, designed low-income supportive housing in New York City, and designed exhibitions for Ralph Appelbaum Associates. Anthony holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Buffalo.
Whitney Rutter is the Director of Business Strategy, developing future projects for Local Projects. She previously held positions in the museum and cultural sector at MoMA, Antenna International, and Patron Technology. In addition to her work at LP, she is the President of the Board of Directors of ArtTable, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the women's leadership in the Visual Arts. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MA from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Keeli Shaw serves as an Executive Account Director at Local Projects. During her time at LP, Keeli has produced interactive projects ranging in scale from mobile applications to interactive multi-touch micro-tile walls. She has overseen the design and development of projects including the BioDesign Studio (March 2016) and Body Metrics exhibit (February 2015) at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, City Pulse at the One World Observatory, the student center media wall at Case Western Reserve University, Urbanology at the BMW/Guggenheim Lab, the Stone Barns iOS application, the Gallery One suite of interactive media and mobile application ArtLens for the Cleveland Museum of Art, and other large scale interactives around the world, from Cincinnati, OH to Geneva, Switzerland.
The Director of the Content Department, Rebecca Bureau has over ten years of experience in the museum and design sector, specializing in content development and interpretive planning. Thinking strategically about messaging and visitor engagement, she approaches the storyline with cultural sensitivity and an eye for the narrative arc. At Local Projects, Rebecca worked on projects including the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney, set to open in 2019. Prior to joining Local Projects, she worked at Ralph Appelbaum Associates and as a freelance content specialist, developing exhibitions of varied scale and subject matter, from human rights to Viennese architecture to the Vietnam War.
Brook Anderson has been in the museum design world for over two decades, with experience as an exhibit designer, project director, and professor of narrative-driven design. Before coming to Local Projects, Brook served as a Project Director at Ralph Appelbaum Associates for 15 years, where he worked on projects ranging in topic, scope, and scale; from branded environments, international traveling shows, and permanent museum exhibitions. Some highlight completed projects include the Samsung d'light (Seoul, Korea), The Mobiglobe for the Volkswagon Autostadt (Wolfsburg, Germany); Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; (Washington, DC); The Habitat Museum and Remembrance Museum at Al-Shaheed Park (Kuwait City, Kuwait); and the Nordic Museum (Seattle, WA). At Local Projects, he is currently leading work for a variety of projects in Australia, including the Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the National Museum of Australia.
Nathan Adkisson has developed strategy for a wide range of cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. He has also led a number of branding and retail projects, including Target Open House, a permanent concept store for the Internet of Things in downtown San Francisco. Before joining Local Projects, Nathan was a senior strategist at Big Spaceship, where he led creative and strategic initiatives for Crayola, Chobani, Belvedere, Google, Samsung, Sonos, Purina, AOL, and Fiji Water. Before entering the design world, Nathan was a reporter for a variety of newspapers and magazines. He holds a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Vibha is a physical designer focusing on human experience in the context of space. At Local Projects, she has led physical design for clients such as Microsoft and The New York Times. Before joining Local Projects, she was a designer at Studios Architecture and LTL Architects, working on educational, institutional, and commercial projects. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida.
Jeanne Angel is passionate professional with over 10 years of experience in the Creative Technology field. Prior to Local Projects, Jeanne was the Production Director for Creative Tech Week, Exhibit Media Designer and Producer at New York Historical Society, and Media Art Specialist at the Guggenheim Museum, and has produced, designed, performed and exhibited technology driven art works at The Walker Museum, MoMA PS1, The Warhol Museum, New Museum, and others. Jeanne holds an MS and BS in Digital Media from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s IDM Program.
As a Senior Project Manager, Kate manages that tender balance of taking care of her internal design team, and focusing the dialogue with clients towards clear deliverables, with achievable deadlines. Her projects include the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, which is set to open in 2019. Kate comes to us with over twelve years of project management experience in both the United States and Asia. Before joining Local Projects, Kate was Account Manager for Elmwood Design, a global branding and packaging design firm. She worked with clients across the Asia Pacific region, developing project budgets and cost estimates across multiple currencies, drafting timelines, and creating briefing documents for clients and designers. Prior to that she was Project Manager and a senior member of staff at Gallagher & Associates Asia. There she managed multi-million dollar project budgets with compressed timelines as sole project manager for an eighteen person staff.
L’Rai Arthur-Mensah is a Senior Project Manager with Local Projects. Credits include The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, The Fashion For Good Experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands and The Greenwood Rising Museum in Tulsa, OK slated to open in 2021. Prior to joining Local Projects L'Rai worked as a lead on projects ranging from implementing mixed reality experiences at the Superbowl to creating an online digital version of Kara Walker's Sugar Baby with Creative Time. L'Rai holds a B.S.E in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Nina Boesch brings 15 years of international work experience to her work at Local Projects. Nina focuses on UX and UI design for interactive media experiences such as large-scale media walls, touch-screen tables and kiosks, mobile apps, etc. Prior to joining Local Projects, Nina worked at Pentagram and Ralph Appelbaum Associates. She holds a BFA with honors in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
Harry is an award-winning experience designer and a Senior Interaction Designer at Local Projects. Harry has worked in the fascinating intersection of art, science, and technology for well over a decade. His work has taught, inspired and delighted audiences all over the world in permanent and traveling exhibitions for organizations like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).
Christian Browne is a Visual Experience Designer focusing on immersive experience design, user interface design, and concept design at Local Projects. Before joining LP, he worked at Unifiedfield, Abrams Books, Otto Branding. Christian holds a BFA in Graphic Design from FIT.
As a Motion Design Director, Myles examines the project needs as a whole to better classify how motion can exist within a space and visually move people through narratives. By combining beautiful animation design and an understanding for interactive user experience, he extracts seamless flows to bring ease and comfort to all ranges of digital interaction. Before joining Local Projects, he navigated a variety of design-based industries — from advertising at Mekanism, to branded network motion graphics and experience design at LoyalKaspar. Some past clients include Target, Google, Adobe, CNN, Bloomberg, and Ernst & Young.
Adrian is a Physical Design Director at Local Projects, focusing on shaping and helping to materialize environments that bring stories alive. As an exhibit designer, Adrian has previously led the design and production of permanent and temporary exhibitions for institutions including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Russia or the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Canada. As an architect, Adrian has worked in Madrid, Paris and New York for multiple studios, including Lacaton & Vassal and Andrew Berman Architect. He holds a Master in Architecture and professional license from ETSAM in Madrid, as well as an MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York.
McKenna is an Art Director with a focus on exhibition and infographic design as well as data visualization. At Local Projects, she has contributed to forthcoming museum projects including the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Previously, McKenna worked as a Lead Project Manager and Designer for SITU Research, where she incorporated design thinking into human rights case work as well exhibition designs for MoMA. Previously, McKenna worked as a graphic designer and exhibition designer for Harvard University.
Olivia Crosby is a designer and maker on the Visual Experience Design team. At Local Projects, she is focused on creating visual systems with an empathic and human-centered approach to interaction design. She previously worked at Zeno Group, where she designed for SiriusXM, Virgin Voyages, and Timex. Olivia received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut.
Delia is a project coordinator focusing on media and content for museums. Before coming to Local Projects, Delia was an associate producer at Richard Lewis Media Group, where she created media for museum exhibits. She received a BA from Brown University.
Cameron is a Creative Technologist and focuses on AR and iOS. Before coming to Local Projects, Cameron was an iOS Engineer at Motivate Inc and a Unity Engineer at Tinybop. At Tinybop, an app he worked on, The Robot Factory, was named the 2015 iPad App of the Year by Apple. He holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Columbia.
Avi is a Creative Engineer focusing on backend development, web development and DevOps. His recent credits include leading backend development on the Fashion For Good Center in Amsterdam, the Sydney Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and the UMass Old Chapel media wall. He has contributed to a range of other projects including the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum in Montgomery, The Museum of the City of New York’s core exhibits, the London Mithraeum, and the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation interactive websites. Avi holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in Computer Science and History.
Francie is a Content Director, focusing on media-based projects and large-scale content production. Her recent credits include leading content development for the One World Observatory at the new World Trade Center, the Explorer 2.0 app for the American Museum of Natural History, NY at its Core, a permanent 3-gallery exhibit on the history of New York City at the Museum of the City of New York, the Fashion for Good Launchpad and Permanent Experience Center in Amsterdam, and ZERO Gallery for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Francie holds an MA from University College London and a BA with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Angelica is an experienced digital designer with a background in multidisciplinary design practice. Before Local Projects, Angelica taught digital media at Girls Write Now, while maintaining a focus on digital and motion graphics design in the industry. She holds a MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School for Design and a BFA in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Alex Kelly is a Senior Project Manager with a passion for experiential storytelling. She focuses on interactive exhibit design projects at Local Projects. Prior to LP, she worked at the design consultancy C&G Partners producing exhibits for a multitude of cultural and corporate institutions. Recent clients include The National Museum of the American Indian, The Museum of Pop Culture, The Rockefeller University, Lutron, and The Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. Alex began her career assisting modern and contemporary art curators with exhibitions at The Jewish Museum and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She holds a BA in Art History from Oberlin College.
Siavash’s work spans traditional and new media including human-centered design, environmental design, digital experiential design, brand identity systems, editorial, retail, art direction and packaging. He has designed for Google, Samsung, Shopify, NBA, Bronx Museum, UPENN, and the Parsons School of Design. Siavash has been awarded internationally and has broad expertise and honed skill-set in bridging mediums and fueling ideation to create content with intent.
Jaein is a Project Manager focusing on media production at Local Projects. Before joining LP, she was a Project Manager at With Projects managing projects and client relations across Print and Digital platforms, for arts institutions, fashion, beauty, and corporate brands. Prior to With Projects, she was an Associate Project Manager at a boutique business and brand consulting firm, working with corporate fashion and beauty clients. Overall past clients include: MCM Worldwide, MetLife, Vitra, Crozier Fine Arts, Harvard Design Magazine, and Rhizome/New Museum. She holds a BFA in Visual Communications and Print Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
As Producer, Kristin Lovejoy is building on her expertise as a documentary and interactive producer. Before joining Local Projects, Kristin worked at PBS, where she created Peabody award-winning culture and art specials and series for national broadcast and worldwide distribution, as well as web content. Subsequently, Kristin was commissioned by Madison Square Art to produce web media for sculptor Jaume Plensa’s Echo, and for Orly Genger’s ‘Red, Yellow and Blue’, the client’s first mobile app. Prior to PBS, she contributed to the creation of an immersive experience for the Rotunda at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for Batwin+Robin Productions, as well as large scale digital scenic backdrops for two Broadway shows. She holds an MA, in Film Theory and Production from New York University and was selected to participate in the prestigious Whitney Museum Independent Studio Program.
Oscar is a multidisciplinary creative on the Visual Experience Design team, exploring the intersection of design, storytelling, and technology. He is driven by curiosity, and passion for finding new ways of creating thought provoking and visually interesting experiences. Previously, Oscar has worked at creative agency Arnold Worldwide, and brand experience agency Momentum Worldwide. He also assistant teaches graphic design at the School of Visual Arts.
Guillaume is a Senior Interaction Designer, specializing in interactive exhibitions and digital arts. Prior to joining Local Projects, he founded Buzzing Light, a studio based in Paris, where he was Creative Director and Interaction Designer. Guillaume takes a core position in shaping each project’s creative trajectory from early concept to implementation, taking a leading role in researching and experimenting with new approaches to design new technologies. He holds an MS in Software Engineering from ECE Paris.
Jenn Zhengyuan McDermott is a Senior Visual Experience Designer who is passionate about exhibit design. She has a master’s degree in Exhibition Design and 8 years of experience in the industry. Early in her career, she focused on core fundamentals of design such as environmental and spatial layouts. In more recent years, she built on that knowledge by focusing on interactive exhibit development and environmental graphics. She continually looks to develop better user experiences for visitors. Her experience includes a variety of projects both in the US and internationally including the LBJ Presidential Library in Texas, the Shanghai Museum of Natural History, a Prada Foundation exhibit in Milan focused on art in Italy during WWII, and a permanent gallery in the Australia Center of Moving Image, among many others.
Madison joins Local Projects as a Project Coordinator after time spent in politics and cultural non-profits. As a program manager at the National Constitution Center, Madison helped facilitate multi-paneled programs with The Atlantic, book events with authors such as Preet Bharara and Doris Kearns Goodwin, and special conversations with Supreme Court Justices. Before working at the NCC, Madison was a correspondence intern for First Lady Michelle Obama and a freelance producer for NPR affiliate WHYY. A native Angeleno, Madison graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California where she studied Law, History, and Culture.
Ben leads communications and marketing for Local Projects, including the development of thought leadership campaigns and other marketing programs. In addition, he manages the studio newsletter, social channels, website, and events, as well as producing documentation for all current studio projects. Before Local Projects, Ben worked as an account executive at the Chicago-based digital agency Doejo, and as marketing copywriter for MakerBot 3D printers. Ben received his BA in Communications with a concentration in film and integrated marketing, and a minor in East Asian Studies from Northwestern University.
Nik is the Studio Manager at Local Projects, responsible for managing and maintaining all aspects of the studio's facilities and infrastructure to optimize staff performance. Formerly an Engineer in the US Army and Sergeant of Public Safety at NYU, Nik brings over 15 years of operational, administrative, & managerial experience to the table from a range of industries and institutions, and holds a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jenny is a Senior Content Developer focusing on interpretive planning, content development, and creative story building. With nearly 15 years of museum and strategy experience, Jenny specializes in crafting emotionally evocative stories that inspire empathy and action. As an original member of the 9/11 Memorial Museum's team, she spent ten years curating the museum's award-winning physical and audio exhibitions. She is particularly passionate about oral history and the intersection of individual and collective memory. Jenny holds an MA in Public History from New York University and a BA in History from UC Berkeley.
Fernanda Reiss is a Senior Physical Designer interested in contemporary curating practices and new formats of exhibition making. At Local Projects, she has lead physical design on the National Museum of Australia and contributed to the design of our work at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Before joining LP, Fernanda worked for a decade as an independent designer conceptualizing and planning exhibitions across a wide range of design disciplines, for museums, institutions, and firms such as the UNESCO Design Network, Venice Biennale, Milan Design Week, and Design Museum London. She holds an MA in Architecture and Exhibition Design from the Vienna University of Technology and an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from the Kingston School of Art in London.
Emily is a Content Coordinator with a passion for creating socially conscious exhibitions. She is particularly interested in decolonizing practices in museum settings, and creatively applies this perspective to her work and thought process. Her credits at Local Projects include Planet Word and the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. Before joining LP, she worked in curatorial roles at the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Museum of Natural History, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Emily holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and a BA in Cultural Anthropology and French Studies from Duke University.
As a Senior Visual Experience Designer at Local Projects, Ryan transforms narratives into immersive environments through the thoughtful combination of past and future technologies for clients like IBM. As an educator, he shares his love for design at Pratt Institute, where he teaches interactive and motion design. Ryan comes to Local Projects with experience in designing live events and interactive installations for clients such as Netflix, Under Armour, LinkedIn and Facebook. Before that, he worked closely with non-profit organizations to amplify their voices through branding and digital design. Ryan holds an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, and a BA in Mathematics and Graphic Design from Binghamton University.
Naomi brings fifteen years of experience leading interdisciplinary teams and international clients towards the design of outstanding cultural experiences. As a Project Director, she works closely with clients to chart a path forward using her keen sense of priorities and process, often through multi-year engagements. Her recent clients include the Guggenheim Bilbao, Tower of David Museum, Planet Word Museum of Language, Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, and Domaine Chandon. Prior to joining Local Projects, Naomi was a project manager, content developer, and media producer with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, NY Projects, AldrichPears Associates, and The Battery Conservancy, among others. She holds an MS in City and Regional Planning, a MPS in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute, and a BA in Humanistic Studies from McGill University.
As New Business Strategist, Jenny Sharp supports the development of proposals for a range of new projects across cultural and commercial sectors. She previously managed fine art studios for artists like David Salle and Joel Sternfeld, helping to lead numerous exhibitions and publications with institutions such as MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Skarstedt Gallery, Luhring Augustine, Dallas Contemporary, and more. Most recently, Jenny acted as Business Manager of Pandiscio Green, a boutique design studio working with clients like The Mark Hotel, Starr Restaurants, and Neue Galerie.
Ben is a Creative Technologist at Local Projects, focusing on front-end development and creative applications of machine learning. He has worked on projects for clients including the the Planet Word Museum of Language, ABB, and L’Oreal. Before joining LP, Ben was an Innovator-in-Residence in Autodesk. He holds a B.A. in Experiential Art & Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
As Head of People and Culture at Local Projects, Louise Storelli supports operational structure and promotes culture and team growth as well as employer brand development. She has a passion for cultivating highly collaborative work environments. Her goal is for these to inspire creativity and engagement while supporting business objectives. Louise came to Local Projects with over 20 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in content creation across film, television, web and built environments. International brands include Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Toyota, Chanel, and The 9/11 Museum and Memorial Foundation, among others.
Tim Suchodolski is a Devops Engineer focusing on Continuous Integration and Deployment. His recent projects include iPad deployment for Planet Word, PC deployment for Cooper Hewitt, and application deployment for a new professional sports experience in Beijing. Before coming to Local Projects, Tim worked as an IT Analyst for Keemotion, an automated production solution, and as an Infrastructure Engineer at Oxya, a SAP company. He received a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in the Management of Information Systems, along with a minor in Business, from the Wing Yu College of Computing and the Albert Dorman Honors College at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Nima Vakili is a designer, maker, and a creative technologist. He is interested in human-computer interaction, situated technologies, parametric design, and fabrication. Nima has exhibited his work internationally at venues including the Media Architecture Biennale, and has been awarded the prestigious AED Neuland’s first-prize in the Exhibition and Public Spaces category. Prior, Nima was Sensing Lab Manager at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he pursued his interest in interactive architecture. Nima holds a dual Master of Architecture and Fine Arts from the joint Media Arts and Architecture Program offered by SUNY Buffalo and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
Karen is a graphic designer, reader, writer, and thinker. Before Local Projects, she worked at Studio Kudos designing print and web products for a variety of nonprofit and small-business clients. She interned at Pure + Applied and Metropolis Magazine, and has contributed writing for AIGA/NY. Karen holds a BA from Williams College where she studied psychology and art history. She completed a MFA in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012.
Jorge Vélez is a Senior Software Engineer focusing on Graphics Programming. At Local Projects, he is currently working on an immersive presentation experience for IBM. Before joining LP, he worked as a freelancer in Mexico for a wide range of clients and projects, including AR and VR interfaces and experiments for Tangible Interaction, large scale kinetic light installation for the National Auditorium in México City; workshops and on-site art installations for the Central Cultural District of Mexico City. Jorge holds a BA in Graphic Design with a specialization in computer generated graphics from ITESO in Mexico City.
Peter Vikar is a Physical Design Director working across multiple platforms and scales, ranging from custom hardware design to large public sculptures. Before joining LP, Peter was running a large-scale robotics lab and taught courses on kinetic architecture at UCLA. He holds a Masters in Design Research from Sci-Arc and Masters in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Robert Vinci is a Senior Project Manager, focusing on the physical design, production, and installation of exhibitions. Previously, Robert produced exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of American Finance, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. He holds a Masters in Natural Sciences.
Jenny is a senior physical designer with over ten years of experience in exhibition design across the fields of art, history, science, and technology. At Local Projects, she has contributed to forthcoming projects including the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center in Philadelphia and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum in Sydney. Prior to joining Local Projects, Jenny practiced exhibition design at Ralph Appelbaum Associates and architecture at Carlos Zapata Studio. She also worked as an editorial intern at The Architect's Newspaper. She pursued graduate studies in architecture in Princeton University and holds a BS in Architecture with honors from the University at Buffalo.
Andie brings a deep passion and understanding of art, storytelling, and social justice to her work at Local Projects. Andie joins LP from Ralph Appelbaum Associates, where she coordinated content and developed narrative approaches for a variety of institutions. She holds a BA with honors in Anthropology, and correlates in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.
Charlotte van den Bosch
Charlotte’s expertise includes print, interactive, and environments, with a focus on branding and information design. Prior to joining Local Projects, Charlotte was a Graphic Designer on the Brands and Environments team at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto, where she collaborated with team members and led graphic design on various mid- to large-scale projects. Originally from the Netherlands, Charlotte graduated with honors from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem with a BA in Graphic Design.
Tamar is a Senior Software Engineer at Local Projects. In her role as Senior Software Engineer, Tamar leads the development of back-end systems and application architecture on a variety of projects. Prior to joining LP, she worked as a Full Stack Developer for Rethink in New York, Data Scope and Pango in Petah Tikva, Israel. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel.
Tamar is a Lead Creative Technologist at Local Projects. She is an experienced project leader and systems design, and oversees our Creative Technology team on various projects. She holds a B.arch degree from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and a master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch. Prior to Joining LP, Tamar worked as Technology Lead at Potion, and was a practicing architect and exhibit designer at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.