Seth Burney

Seth Burney

New York, NY, US



Detail-oriented product designer with 11 years relative work experience in specialized and mass
production areas. Dedicated to detail and research based design with a clear and concise presentation
format. The ability to follow through with projects from inception to completion. Record of surpassing
expectations, including Model making and Presentation techniques.

I have been doing design management for the past 7 years. I am well versed in productions methods, tolerances, materials, and team management. I negotiate contract rates, mass productions specs, and can build you a mean prototype out of wood, metal, and plastics. I have worked with all materials and am comfortable in whatever chosen format. I pride my self in versatility and attention to detail.


Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY, US, Model Shop Director

Directly manage a team of 13 people and indirectly manage 30+ junior architectural staff to realize models for the purpose of design tools and presentation tools. Maintain and order supplies and materials for the production of architectural and product design models. Negotiate contracts and prices for materials and outside service providers. Run in-house photography for models as well as product design editorials and head shots for featured articles of partners. Report directly to partners on matters of finance and staffing for the department. Run staffing for an average of 10 projects daily. Maintain equipment for the purposes of model making and production including; 3-D printers, laser cutters, spray booth, 3 Axis CNC machine, Full wood shop / Metal shop. Run education program for the purposes of in-house education including; Principals of photography, CAD for the laser cutter, 3-D modeling for the purpose of 3-D prints. Architectural modeling and it's future, Wood shop safety. Report and file paperwork on hazardous materials to the EPA.

In addition to the aforementioned role i also work with the Product Design team to create designs for several product partners including: Lualdi Porte, Lightolier lighting, Bendhiem Glass, Landscape Forms, S.A. Baxter, and David Edwards Furniture among others.

May 2007 - current

Indian Larry Motorcycles, Brooklyn, NY, US, Intern

Helped create metal pieces for the purposes of custom motorcycles. Maintain shop and machinery. Polish cast custom metal pieces for retail sale. Operate Mill and Lathe to create custom metal objects.

Jan 2013 - Jan 2014

New York District Council Of Carpenters, New York, NY, US, Assistant Manager Of Contracts and Negotiations

May 2004 - May 2007

R & D Tool & Machine, Franklin, NH, US, Machinest

Machine dies for the purpose of investment casting for companies such as Bowing, Ruger, U.S. Government Contracts. Interpret blue prints for changes in existing dies and molds as well as the fabrication of new dies and molds. Create base molds for investment casting process. Interface with engineers to discuss changes and problems with dies and drawings. Maintain metal shop and machinery for production.

Jan 1995 - Aug 2000


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Bachelors, Industrial Design

studied design for production of tabletop, lighting and furniture.

Oct 2000 - May 2004

Areas of Specialization