Joe Lapke

Joe Lapke

Miami, FL, US

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Soon relocating to Miami, FL for the next opportunity.

I earned my BFA in Industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. With more than 8 years of professional experience in large volume furniture manufacturing, systems furniture, European cabinetry, and mechanical design. I feel comfortable working in fast pace environments that encourage creative thinking and collaboration. My skills and qualifications are as followed.

- Architecture, Design Projects, Mill-work, and metal fabrication.
- Google Sketch-Up, Autodesk Fusion360 & Inventor.
- Sketching, Illustration and Rendering.
- Mechanically intuitive and a problem solver.
- Ability to design and engineer feasible solutions to meet all users needs.
- Supply chain and general business knowledge.
- Positive attitude no matter what.



California Closets, Hawthorne, NY, US, Senior Design Project Engineer

- Review designs and concepts with sales staff.
- Design and develop simple methods of system furniture building and organization for design optimization.
- Work with company proprietary CAD software to design, teach current, and train new designers on design fundamentals and methods.
- Create technical drawings with material specs and explanatory sketches to illustrate how furniture should be built.
- Answer technical questions on furniture hardware, material, finishes and lighting.

Jul 2012 - Apr 2021

Alno USA, New York, NY, US, Technical Designer

- Responsible for reviewing kitchen design concepts.
- Design and engineer practical solutions.
- Communicate with Germany factory on all North American kitchen orders.
- Coordinate installations with installers and general contractors.

Feb 2016 - Feb 2017


Rochester Institute of Technology, Henrietta, NY, US, Bachelors, Industrial Design

Sep 2007 - May 2011


Internation E-Waste Design Competition Prevention Category, 2nd Place

By replacing screws with “drafted embossed fasteners” and employing a “master-lock” pin to hold the circuit board in place, this team has developed a laptop with can be fully disassembled in about 90 seconds. This compares to a case study of a Dell Inspiron 15 inch laptop, which takes about 12 minutes to disassemble. This allows for easier replacement of components and disassembly for recycling/reuse at the product’s end of life. This team was comprised of two industrial design students from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


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