Lee Gibson

Lee Gibson

New York, NY, US



Lee Gibson is a passionate designer living in Portland, OR. Lee grew up in New Zealand in a remote area called the King Country, moved to Wellington to study architecture and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington in 2000. Since then Lee has practiced design and architecture across a broad range of projects at varying scales. Lee has also taught at multiple tertiary institutions, is partially through a Diploma in Post-Graduate Teaching and Learning, and recently completed an MFA in Interior Design at Parsons Newschool of Design in New York City.

Currently Lee is working in Portland, OR, for Nike Inc. as a Footwear Designer, working within Nike Sportswear on Global Running Product.



Nike, Inc., PORTLAND, Footwear Designer

Footwear Designer within Nike Sportswear with a focus on Global Running Products.

Jan 2014 - current

Nike, Inc., Portland, OR, Footwear Designer

Footwear Designer within Nike Sportswear with a focus on Global Running Products.

Jan 2013 - Jan 2014

ESI Design, New York, NY, US, Physical Designer

Working as a designer (interior and product design) and visualizer within the physical design
department for ESI Design, one of the world’s foremost experience design firms and a pioneer
at creating interactive environments that inspire people to build strong relationships with exceptional
institutions.. Design and development of projects at all stages across a wide range
of scales.

Jan 2012 - Jan 2014

Heineken Global, New York, NY, US, Experience Designer

Chosen as one of the Top 5 Emerging Designers in New York, and one of the Top 20 Emerging
Designers in the world to work with Heineken International to develop concepts for the Club
of the Future, to debut at the MIlan Furniture Fair in April 2012. Also developing a series of
site specific projects for locations worldwide from Singapore to New York, and currently Lead
Designer for Heineknen's Milan 2013 Pavillion.

Aug 2011 - Jan 2014

The Metrics Design Group, Design Intern

I have been working as a Design Intern at The Metrics in New York City, assisting company founder and owner Elle Kunnos de Voss. During this period I have been able to work across a wide range of projects including; Interior Design and Installation, Branding/Identity, Lighting Design, Furniture Design and Fabrication, Animation, as well as many other exciting projects that are yet to be officially announced.

Mar 2011 - Jun 2012

ToBe Footwear New Zealand, Shoe Designer

Product Designer at ToBe Footwear New Zealand, responsible for all parts of the design process, including product, graphics, marketing, photography, and manufacturing.

Jan 2008 - Jan 2011


Parsons The New School for Design, Masters, MFA Interior Design

Aug 2010 - May 2012

Victoria University of Wellington, BArch, Architecture

Feb 1995 - Mar 2000


Boisbuchet Fellowship 2011, Award

Awarded the Boisbuchet Fellowship Award in collaboration with Parsons New School of Design, to travel to Boisbuchet in France to design, fabricate, and install an installation.

In collaboration with Domaine de Boisbuchet, MUJI Japan, Parsons New School of Design, and Vitra Design Museum.


Emerging Designer, New York City, 1st Place

Selected as one of the Top Emerging Designers in New York City for Interior Design. Selected to work along with a multi-disciplinary team from around the world to design a space dedicated to Heineken at the Milan Design Fair in 2012.


Best Design Awards, Honorable Mention

Awarded an honorable mention for the exhbition 'disPLAY:remembering a performance landscape' at the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 2003.


New Zealand Institute of Architects Research Award, 1st Place

Awarded a prestigious NZIA Award for Research for the design of 'The Heart at PQ'30' - at the Prague Quadrennial 2003.


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