Eric Engdahl

Eric Engdahl

New York, NY, US



Versatile architect with global design + business experience

After receiving my M.Arch degree from Pratt Institute and working in architecture in New York, Dubai, Montreal, and Nairobi, I started a furniture company in Kenya and built it into a coveted brand and a profitable business over the course of three years. Having successfully sold the company in 2016, I am now working at KPF in New York City as a job captain on large-scale mixed-use projects in China.



Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), New York, NY, Associate Principal

Job captain / technical coordinator on mixed-use tower projects in China.

Mar 2017 - current

Unity Makers, Nairobi, Kenya, Founder + Designer

Founded contemporary furniture company in Kenya focused on good design, sustainable materials, and local production. Established a workshop in Nairobi and managed a local staff of 15 employees. Built trusted relationships with clients and suppliers. Overcame formidable challenges of doing business in Kenya. Rapidly built a coveted brand and a profitable business, successfully sold after three years.

Jun 2013 - Apr 2016

EquaLife Group, Nairobi, Kenya, Architectural Designer

As the in-house architect and designer for a startup developing retail businesses in East Africa, designed the interior architecture for two proposed fitness centers. Created visual identities for the company as well as its fitness brand. Vetted contractors and suppliers in Nairobi. Designed the company’s own office fitout, managed the bid and award process, and performed construction administration.

Apr 2013 - Jun 2013

Architecture Open Form / L. McComber, Montreal, QC, CA, Architectural Designer

Worked for a partnership between Open Form and L. McComber on design, modeling, visualization, and construction documents for residential projects including renovations, additions, and new construction. Led the firms’ deployment of Revit on two projects and developed BIM assets and standards.

Closely involved in the design of two museum exhibitions for the firm: Protéiforme : architecture paramétrique at la Maison de l'architecture du Québec, and ABC : MTL at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Oct 2012 - Mar 2013

dxb[LAB], Dubai, UAE, Intern Architect

Design and visualization for residential and commercial projects in Dubai, including villas, townhouses, staff housing, and a residential tower. Revamped the office’s 3D modeling and rendering practices by implementing and holding workshops on Rhino and Maxwell.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

labDORA, New York, NY, US, Intern Designer

Directed an algorithmic architecture research project exploring emergence in scripted combinatorial systems, managing three interns, in summer 2010. Contributed vital design work on entries to eVolo’s 2010 Skyscraper Competition and Arquitectum’s Tokyo 2010 Fashion Museum Competition. Continued this research as a Graduate Assistant for Peter Macapia's studio at Pratt Institute, guiding students in using scripting to design a video art pavilion.

Oct 2009 - May 2011


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Designed studio projects both abstract and concrete. Mastered a range of advanced digital techniques. Served as a teaching assistant for graduate structures and studio courses.

Aug 2009 - May 2012

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US, Bachelors, Economics + International Studies

Magna Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Sep 2003 - Jun 2007

East China Normal University, Shanghai, CN, CIEE Study Abroad

Studied Mandarin Chinese, business, economics, history and culture of China

Sep 2005 - May 2006

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