Kristopher Swick

Kristopher Swick

Los Angeles, CA, US

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Kris is a versatile freelance designer based in Los Angeles. He believes design should be, above all, driven by the needs and desires of the user.

Kris studied architecture and art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he explored advanced manufacturing and computational technologies in design. He earned his Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design in 2021, focusing on participatory pluralist design in multifamily housing development.

He has worked as an architectural designer at Kovac Design Studio, Byben, M.AD.A.spam (in both China and LA), and GEI Development. He has a wide range of design experience, and has produced arts programming in various venues and forms. He is also the Art Director of the Collective Arts Incubator and Owner of the design & architecture gallery Potential Spam LA.


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

GEI Development, Glendale, CA, US, Principal Designer

Oversaw the renovation and expansion of several properties, both residential and commercial. Designed architectural renovation and new construction, interior architecture, landscape architecture, furnishings, and decoration. Produced renderings and construction documents for GEI owners and collaborating installers, contractors, and architects. Managed a general construction crew of 4 – 6 skilled tradesmen day-to-day. Currently, working on a new mixed-use development...

Barhite Street | Pasadena CA | private home
8,000 sq.ft. renovation | 8,000 sq.ft. addition | 0.75 acre landscape architecture, interior architecture & decoration, landscape architecture, project management

Avenue 54 | Los Angeles CA | retail gallery and live/work space 5,050 sq.ft. renovation | 7,500 sq.ft. landscape
architecture, interior architecture & decoration, landscape architecture, project & property management

Kenneth Road | Glendale CA | retail office
3,600 sq.ft. renovation | interior architecture & decoration
Rancho Magdalena | Valley Center CA | vacation rental estate
2,700 sq.ft. renovation | 12,300 sq.ft. addition | 2 acre landscape interior architecture & decoration, landscape architecture, graphic design, project & property management

Jan 2004 - current

Byben, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architecural Designer

Covered numerous tasks for this small practice, including building study models by hand, designing millwork and lighting, selecting fixtures, making renderings, and drafting interior elevations and other drawings.

Oct 2022 - Dec 2022

Kovac Design Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Drafted and managed a full drawing set in REVIT from design development through permit application, followed by construction document development and coordination with various consultants and stakeholders, under the project architect. Produced photo-real video renderings and presentation-level illustrated drawings for clients and publication. Designed, engineered, and built a suspended birdhouse for a local charity fundraiser, with principal.

Aug 2021 - Aug 2022

UC Berkeley embARC, Berkeley, CA, US, Digital Design & Fabrication Workshop GSI

Together with a teaching partner, revamped the digital workshop syllabus and workflow. This included creating new assignments and adding more one-
on-one instruction when teaching design software. Many students identified our workshop as one of their favorite parts of the program!


Jun 2019 - Jun 2021

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Berkeley, CA, US, Graduate Student Instructor

In support of a lecturer, I oversee two sections of students in the Introduction to Environmental Design, guiding them through projects at a number of
scales, from product to urban. I also work to introduce them to representational techniques and 3d modeling.

Jan 2021 - May 2021

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

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 - Aug 2014


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

Aug 2018 - May 2021

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

Sep 2008 - Jun 2015

UCLA Extension, Westwood, CA, US, none

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013


Dezeen & LG Display OLEDs Go! Competition Shortlist, Other


LAMP International Lighting Competition Shortlist, Other


UC Berkeley Bakewell/Brown & Bakewell/Weihe Prize, 2nd Place

The Bakewell/Brown and Bakewell/Weihe Prize is offered for the best drawings of decorative detail or ornament in architecture.

I laser-engraved a detail by Louis Sullivan's office onto wood veneer.


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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