Kristopher Swick

Kristopher Swick

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Kris is a freelance designer based in Los Angeles available for physical and digital projects of many kinds. He believes design should be accessible and responsive to its user.

Kris studied architecture and art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he investigated design and the economies of creative production. He has a wide range of design experience, and has produced arts programming in various venues and forms. He is the Production Manager of the Trade City Popwagon and the Art Director of the Collective Arts Incubator.


Collective Arts Incubator, Los Angeles, CA, US, Founding Art Director

Travelled cross-country to gather best practices in independent art space management and programming. While designing and managing the
renovation of the multi-building property, collaborated with founding partner to develop business plan and manage business concerns. Continues to work with curators and artists to develop and produce gallery installations and programming. Manages temporary rentals and productions.

Apr 2016 - current

Trade City Productions, Culver City, CA, US, Production Manager

Works with curators and artists to develop and produce gallery installations and programming for a mobile venue, deployed across Los Angeles.

Mar 2012 - current

GEI Development, Glendale, CA, US, Principal Designer

Oversees the renovation and expansion of several properties, both residential and commercial. Designs architectural renovation and new construction, interior architecture, landscape architecture, furnishings, and decoration. Produces renderings and construction documents for GEI owners and collaborating installers, contractors, and architects. Manages a general construction crew of 4 – 6 skilled tradesmen day-to-day. Designs graphics for promotion of properties and sister GEI companies.

Jan 2004 - current

MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Boston, MA, US, Researcher

Worked for MIT faculty on design development, prototyping and testing, engineering and fabrication, drafting and graphics, and documentation.

H+Y Architecture | | Jun. – Aug. 2010 Light Drift | outdoor interactive installation
design and engineering of arrayed light-up seats and floating bubbles

MIT Senseable City Lab | | Feb. – Dec. 2014 Local Warming | indoor interactive installation
fabrication and engineering of rotating heat lamps
Wave Exhibition | indoor interactive installation
design and fabrication of console and 3D interactive maps

Urbonas Studio | | Jan. - Jun. 2015 art installation design and project documentation

Jan 2010 - Jun 2015


UC Berkeley CED, Berkeley, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2018 - current

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2008 - Jun 2015

UCLA Extension, Westwood, CA, US, none

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013


MIT Council for the Arts Directors Grant, Grant

Current MIT undergraduates and undergraduate student groups seeking funding of up to $500 for an art project are eligible to apply for a CAMIT Director’s Grant. MIT undergraduates and undergraduate student groups seeking more then $500 in support and all MIT graduate students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply through the regular CAMIT Grants Program.

CAMIT Director’s Grants are awarded at any time during the academic year. Preference will be given to proposals that engage the MIT community. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified of the Director’s decision within one month of the date their proposal is submitted. Travel or accommodation expenses are very rarely funded, and retroactive support is not available.


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