Colin Burton

Colin Burton

New York, NY, US

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Detail oriented designer with 8+ years working in architecture, furniture design, fabrication and facade design. I feel that great design starts with an understanding of materials, components, and assemblies.

Over the course of my career, I have sought innovative design solutions to realize complex projects in Architecture, Art, Interior Design and Furniture Design. I draw on a diverse set of skills including parametric modeling, digital fabrication, and traditional wood and metal working. I am also currently pursuing my architectural license.


Freelance, Brooklyn, NY, US, Facade Designer

-Working on long term projects through multiple stages of development with clients including: Neme Design Studio, Camber Studio, Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, Charles Calcani Architects, Place + Making Architects.

- Led the design and production of a multimillion dollar public art installation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

- Consulted on high end facade design proposals including a new science building for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and YouTube’s new corporate campus in California.

- Developed detailed shop drawing sets and fabrication drawing tickets for large-scale facade installations including the Los Angeles Airport’s new airtrain extension.

Jun 2019 - current

Laufs Engineering Design, Long Island City, NY, US, Facade Designer

- Lead Technical Designer on complex facade projects including Frank Gehry designed residence, Nike’s NY Flagship Store, and Diller Scofidio designed interior.

- Developed technical shop drawing packages for overall facade systems as well as detailed fabrication drawings for individual facade components.

- Coordinated between contractors, suppliers, and consultants to accomplish client’s goals on schedule and within budget.

Oct 2017 - current

MADE Design/Build, brooklyn, Fabrication Manager

- Leader of fabrication department, managing estimates, budgets, purchasing, and coordinating projects at various scales.

- Responsible for team that conceptualizes, prototypes, and produces over 50 custom high-end furniture and millwork commissions annually.

- Implemented new system to streamline shop facilities and protocols, resulting in advanced production efficiency and capacity to bring new projects to fruition.

- Acted as in-house consultant to architectural design staff on constructability and detailing of upcoming projects.

Oct 2015 - Sep 2017

SITU Fabrication, Brooklyn, NY, US, Fabrication Designer

- Chief designer and team lead for high-profile projects including Audemars Piguet’s international trade booth at Art Basel and Teresita Fernadez’ 2015 installation at Madison Square Park, as well as a team member on James Turrell’s sculpture in the Soros NY office.

- Advanced from fabricator and CNC operator to senior level fabrication designer.

- Incorporated Grasshopper and other parametric modeling techniques to create intricate 3D models and automate fabrication processes.

- Developed construction and fabrication details to rationalize the assembly of non-standard geometric forms.

- Collaborated directly with clients to realize their creative visions into buildable designs and creatively solve complex spatial problems for multi-million dollar projects.

Feb 2013 - Sep 2015

Olollo, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Manager

- Acted as liaison between multiple teams of subcontractors and vendor
professionals to ensure alignment and success of large-scale productions.

- Spearheaded use of new CNC technology for more precise custom furniture components.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

Hamilton + Aitken Architects, Intern

Experience included onsite surveying and documentation of mechanical/electrical
systems, drafting of construction documents, and formulating design proposals for new projects. During my time at the firm, I was able to work on a variety of different project types and work through projects at various stages, from their conceptual design proposal to their finished construction.

May 2007 - Sep 2008


Pratt Institute, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2006 - May 2011


Thesis Honors, Award

Thesis Honors are awarded to 12 students from a graduating class of 100. The award signifies excellence and achievement with a thesis project, and is accompanied by a review from special guest jurors.


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