Aaron Menninga

Aaron Menninga

New York, NY, US



I am a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design 2016. I have studied and worked within a wide spectrum including architecture, theater, scenic design, art, wood and metal working. I have a deep understanding of how things are designed and built, and am always questioning how things done, and how they might be done differently. 



Payette, Boston, MA, US, Designer

I worked mainly as a designer on the New Science Center for Amherst College. From its concept through its completed construction documents, I played a key role in design decisions, schematics, and detailing. My largest contribution was the perforated, weathering steel fins which screen the campus face of the building, filtering it into the landscape and the red brick context of the campus. I developed strong relationships with the principle and project architect because of my work ethic and unique perspective. As their go-to designer, I conceptualized two new projects with them in Miami and Lafayette.

Jun 2014 - current

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Woodshop Teaching Assistant

Sep 2012 - Jan 2016

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Core Studio Teaching Assistant

Jan 2015 - May 2015

Janet Echelman Studio, Brookline, MA, US, Simulation Modeling, Animation

I worked in collaboration with Autodesk, developing software to design and simulate the shape and movement of her sculptures. The work culminated in her sculpture for the 2014 TED conference in Vancouver.

Jan 2013 - Jan 2014


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2012 - Jan 2016

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US, Bachelors, Theater Design / Animate Arts

Sep 2005 - Jun 2009

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