Ken Kirkland

Ken Kirkland

New York, NY, US



My broad background as an industrial designer has spanned several design disciplines including product/industrial design, interior/exterior architecture, lighting, marine/yacht design and public art. Areas of special expertise include parametric 3D modeling, digital fabrication, simulation and analysis, lighting, materials, processes and advanced composites, and project management.

My Bachelors degree is from Rhode Island School of Design in Industrial Design and I have earned two Masters of Engineering degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology; Product-Architecture and Naval Architecture.  Employment experience includes tenures working in and for design consultancies, lighting manufacturers, architects, artists studios, naval architects, composite fabricators and engineers as well as consulting privately on special projects in design and fabrication.

I have listed a selection of some employment tenures which are oriented towards architectural, concerns; lighting, interiors, materials, furniture, digital methods and fabrication processes.


nastasi architects, Hoboken, NJ, Digital Designer/Fabricator

Architectural Composite Stairway System, CNC carved wall installation, LED light Boxes

-Design, engineering, prototyping, testing, production and installation
of bespoke composite stair system for custom loft renovation.
-Design, CNC production and installation of bespoke 3D wall, CNC carved for custom loft renovation
-Design, CNC production and installation of custom LED light boxes.

May 2009 - Mar 2011

Shentao Studio, Long Island City, NY, US, Industrial Designer

Lead Product Designer for custom resistance training furniture designed for Shentao Studio.

Jul 2008 - Sep 2009

Tripp Design/Naval Architecture, South Norwalk, CT, US, Yacht Designer

Yacht Designer for leading naval architecture firm in Northeast.

Oct 2007 - Jul 2008

Remains Lighting, NYC, Industrial Designer

Designed and developed To-the-trade Art Metal lighting Fixtures for a boutique lighting company based in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Lamping was primarily incandescent sources.

May 2003 - Aug 2005

Rambusch Lighting, Jersey City, NJ, US, Industrial Designer

Designed and developed custom and production (medium-volume) architectural lighting fixtures for a third generation lighting fixture company based in the New York area. Rambusch is known for their specialization in high-wattage uplight fixtures meant for large interior spaces such as churches and public spaces. Projects spanned the remodeled interior spaces at mid- town MOMA, a restoration and re-purposing of an antique book stack system for a Miami Museum, and many interior projects for churches. Lamping included hi-wattage HID, Quartz halogen, fluorescent and LED.

Nov 2001 - Apr 2003

Philips Lighting, Lightolier - New York, NY, Fall River, MA, Industrial Designer

New product development for Track lighting products oriented towards high-volume architectural lighting
product. Lamping included mostly point source PAR HID, PAR Halogen, and some CFL.

Apr 1996 - Oct 1999


Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, US, Masters, Naval Architecture

Masters of Engineering in Naval Architecture, Davidson Laboratory

Jan 2010 - Dec 2012

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, US, Masters, Product-Architecture Engineering

Masters of Engineering degree at the Product-Architecture Lab in computational and digital methodologies (simulation, analysis, digital manufacturing and fabrication) applied in the fields of product design, architecture and engineering.

Sep 2005 - May 2007

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Bachelors, Industrial Design

BFA in Industrial Design

Jun 1991 - Jun 1994

Areas of Specialization 


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