Kimberly Tate

Kimberly Tate

New York, NY, US



Kimberly Tate was awarded an M.Arch from Parsons the New School in 2011 and has until recently been busy design+building and then exhibiting the Empowerhouse at this year’s Solar Decathlon in D.C.

Her design and build experience has ranged from theater installation to single-family solar-residential to a Landmarks-designated field house renovation for NY Parks and Rec. She loves smart and healthy materials, interaction, human-centered design, full-scale prototyping and community outreach.

She designs like she gives a damn and aspires to be both the artist and the architect. While future adventures are yet to be determined, she believes that visceral intelligence and being embedded in the locale is the only method for authentic understanding, contributing to truley informed design.

Bodystorming over brainstorming -
Transdisciplinary beyond interdisciplinary -
Multi-contextual not just multicultural.



Empowerhouse Collaborative, Design+Builder

Collaborated on a multidisciplinary design project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC and DHCD to build a single-family solar-powered home designed according to Passive House Standards. I worked through design development in Revit, to building assembly, to exhibition of the house in DC. I am currently finalizing as-built drawings for a smooth hand-off to Habitat

Aug 2009 - current

Donghia Materials Library, Parsons SCE, New York, NY, US, Intern

Fulfilled roles of materials research, sourcing, collection, exhibition, display, library organization, and general library maintenance

Aug 2009 - May 2011

The Design Workshop, New York, NY, US, Design+Builder

Charged to transform a 1700sf Landmarks-designated Moses-era field house in Riverside Park to an updated event space with storage and public restrooms. Schematic design through full construction documents, LPC and Community Board review, permitting process, materials costing and selection, shop drawings, and pre-fabrication of design components including the interior cabinetry and, in particular, the super cool ADA compliant aluminum exterior access ramp.

Jan 2010 - Aug 2010


Parsons The New School for Design, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2011

University of Missouri - Columbia, Bachelors, Fine Art

Aug 2002 - May 2006


Parsons Academic Award, Award


Center For Architecture Design Scholarship, Scholarship

(my work featured on website)


Areas of Specialization 


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