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About Kyle MertensMeyer : The Founding Principle of August Green, Kyle MertensMeyer studied at Harvard and has built a practice in architecture, interior, and product design with teams in the U.S., Europe, and China, where he lived for a decade. In 2016, Kyle was named the Will Ching Designer of the Year by the International Interior Design Association in Chicago. Kyle’s recently recognized works include the Peacock Cellar in Shanghai, awarded Best Global Project by F.X. Magazine, and the Bethesda Medical Center in Haiti, awarded by the Boston Society of Architects and the AIA. Kyle is additionally the co-founder of Kaleidoskope Visualization and the CEO of the Green Missions Foundation.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Throughout Kyle's career, he has been passionate about using design as a tool to improve the places we live, create beauty, and solve challenges across all scales. Kyle's experience has equipped him with the tools and knowledge to shape governance and policy, lead with an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving and magnify the positive influence that impact-driven design can have on the built and natural environment. Kyle believes that "we cannot talk about equity or justice in our work until we have engaged, experienced, and empathized with those we are designing for. The most significant challenges we face go beyond the act of design itself."

Kyle has been passionate about sustainable design and ecologies from the beginning of his career and received his LEED Accredited Professional certification before completing his architectural education. While in China, Kyle trained with Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader and has spoken internationally on climate, and air pollution, including appearances as a keynote speaker at the Klimahouse Conference, the World Youth Design Forum, and the World Innovation & Entrepreneurship Expo. Today Kyle is researching at Harvard how design can engage challenges at the intersectionality of Environment, Society, and Governance.

Kyle's current research combines quantitative and qualitative data to drive new environmental standards for city policy. He believes that true sustainability is based on understanding the nature of the ephemeral and that every decision we make will impact lives today and beyond. "We must always ask, Why are we doing this, and who is it for?" As adaption and resilience become an important focus for the future of our cities, Kyle has pursued the interdisciplinary interests of economists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, engineers, philosophers, artists, and even metaphysicists. He believes that "we have to envision the future while staying relevant to the needs of the present."

While much of Kyle's work is within the physical, built environment, he believes that working within virtual worlds allows the imagination to flow and for creative ideas to be rapidly prototyped through augmented and mixed realities. In 2018, Kyle co-founded Kaleidoskope, a virtual reality visualization, and animation studio. Visualization enhances design communication while bringing the unreal to life. Kaleidoskope exists to push the boundaries of digital design to communicate and encapsulate multi-dimensional stories.

In addition to Kyle's professional practice, he founded the Green Missions Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, and has been a visiting professor at Shanghai Tongji University, School of Design Innovation, where he has lectured and critiqued since 2011. Kyle has also been a guest lecturer and critic at Nottingham Ningbo University and Judson University in Chicago.

ORGANIZATION:
August Green

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
University lecturer, other subjects Education, research, training

EDUCATION:
Masters of Design Studies,
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Major: MDes in ESG Investment and Development

Masters of Architecture,
Judson University, Elgin, IL.
Major: MArch. in Sustainable Design and Architecture

Honors:
The Dean's Medal,
The college’s highest honor awarded to one individual per year who demonstrates leadership in their community and academics.
Awarded by: College of Architecture, Design, & Art

The Chair’s Award,
Awarded to a single graduate student who shows the most promise to succeed in professional practice.
Awarded by: Department of Architecture
Graduate Teaching Fellow, (1 Term
Kern Environmental Science Research Fellow, (1 Term)

Bachelor of Arts,
Judson University, Elgin, IL.
Major: B.A. Design and Architecture

Honors:
Award for Excellence in Studio,
Campus Design Build Award,
Music Scholarship, (4 Terms)

RIBA Part 1
De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Major: Architectural Design

EXPERIENCE:
Green Missions Foundation
Founder since June 2020 - Present
https://www.greenmissions.org/

Kaleidoskope Boston, USA; Lviv, UA; Shanghai, CN
Position: Co-Founder & Executive Director
Duration: August 2017 - Present
As Co-Founder, Kyle leads his company in the exploration of virtual space, digital visualization, rendering, animation, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mix-reality. Kyle has built a network of clients globally including: Intelligent City, A00, Legat Architects, Stellar Works, DFA, and the Gensler Offices of: NYC, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Hong Kong, Shanghai

Shanghai Godolphin Shanghai, CN
Position: Co-Founder & Creative Director
Duration: May 2011 - November 2019
Kyle has been internationally recognized by IIDA, Interior Design, Contract Magazine, Surface Design, Blueprint Design, and more for his work at SG for the design of one-of-a-kind wine cellars, wine retail, tasting spaces, and wine museums.

Tongji University, D&I College Shanghai, CN
Position: Visiting Lecturer & Critic
Duration: Part-Time, January 2013 - August 2019
Kyle has been a visiting critic and lecturer at the Design and Innovation College, where he also co-led the second year design studio and built a curriculum for the studio. Recently, Kyle created and led a fourth year spring program, in which he challenged his students to view space as a story narrative. He guided the students to generate interactive augmented reality overlays to advance the design narrative. Kyle’s students received the highest marks in the graduating class from the college’s graduation board.

Gensler Shanghai, CN
Position: Associate & Senior Designer
Duration: August 2011 - October 2016
At Gensler, Kyle began as an intermediate designer working on high-rise buildings and master planning. Kyle became a sustainable design leader and was promoted to Senior Designer and Associate. Kyle lead and contributed to key projects for major developers including: Tishman Speyer Nike Campus, ShuiOn KIC Campus, and The WPP Campus Tower.
Kyle conducted three years of air pollution research funded by Gensler. To this day, Kyle’s research influences how Gensler communicates to developers and corporate clients about interior air quality.

Swaback Partners Phoenix, USA
Position: Junior Architect
Duration: August 2007 - July 2010
Kyle worked from concept to construction on large-scale master planning, architecture, interior, product, graphic, and web design. Kyle collaborated closely on sustainable communities research with Vernon D. Swaback, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright.

AWARDS:
2022
SURFACE, DESIGN AWARDS - 2022 Winner, Best Lighting + Surface, The Peacock, Surface Design Show, London

FRAME AWARDS - 2022 Commended Project, Interior of the Month, The Peacock, Frame Magazine, Amsterdam

2021
FX MAGAZINE INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS - 2021 Winner, Best Global Project, The Peacock, FX Magazine, London

BOSTON SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTS ANNUAL DESIGN AWARDS - 2021 Winner, Best Unbuilt Architecture, Bethesda Medical Center, Boston Society of Architects, Boston

FX MAGAZINE INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS - 2021 Finalist, Best Lighting Design, The Peacock, FX Magazine, London

IIDA GLOBAL EXCELLENCE AWARD - 2021 Finalist, Best Bar and Restaurant, The Peacock, International Interior Design Association, Paris

INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE, BEST OF THE YEAR AWARDS - 2021 Finalist, Shining Moment, The Peaock, ID Magazine, New York City

2020
INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE, BEST OF THE YEAR AWARDS - 2020 Reader’s Choice Finalist, Best Pendant Light Design, The HiveMind, ID Magazine, New York City

2019
INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE, BEST OF THE YEAR AWARDS - 2019 Finalist, Best Retail Showroom, NIO House Chengdu, Interior Design Magazine, New York City

DEZEEN AWARDS - 2019 Longlist, Best Bar and Lounge, The RED Lounge, Dezeen Limited, London

WILL CHING AWARD - 2019 Finalist-Top 3, NIO House Chengdu, International Interior Design Association, Chicago

SURFACE DESIGN AWARDS - 2019 Finalist, Best Use of Color, The RED Lounge, Surface Design Show, London

2018
IDA AWARDS - 2018 Honorable Mention, Best Bar Lounge Interior, The RED Lounge, International Design Awards, Los Angeles

2017
IIDA, INTERIOR DESIGN COMPETITION - 2017 Finalist, Best Bar and Lounge, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, International Interior Design Association, Chicago

IIDA, BEST OF ASIA AWARD - 2017 Winner, Best Showcase Design, The Beijing Secrete, International Interior Design Association, Hong Kong

IIDA, WILL CHING AWARD - 2017 Winner, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, International Interior Design Association, Chicago

CONTRACT, DESIGN AWARDS - 2017 Winner, Best Cultural Space and Museum, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, Contract Magazine, New York City

SURFACE, DESIGN AWARDS - 2017 Winner, Best Sustainable Surface, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, Surface Design Show, London

2016
INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE BEST OF THE YEAR AWARDS - 2016 Winner, Best Bar and Lounge, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, Interior Design Magazine, New York City

IIDA, GLOBAL EXCELLENCE AWARD - 2016 Winner, Best Cultural Space and Museum, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, International Interior Design Association, Paris

BLUEPRINT, DESIGN AWARDS - 2016 Top 5 Finalist, Best Cultural Space, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, Blueprint Magazine, London

WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS AWARDS - 2016 Finalist, Best Cultural Space and Museum, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, Surface Design Show, London

FX MAGAZINE, INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS - 2016 Finalist, Best Cultural Space and Museum, Int. Wine and Spirits Museum, FX Magazine, London

SURFACE, DESIGN AWARDS - 2016 Winner, Best Sustainable Surface, Yue Garden Bunker, Surface Design Show, London

2015
INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE BEST OF THE YEAR AWARDS - 2015 Winner, Best Cultural Space and Museum, Yue Garden Bunker, Best Interior Design Magazine, New York City

IIDA, BEST OF ASIA AWARD - 2015 Winner, Best Bar and Lounge, Yue Garden Bunker, International Interior Design Association, Hong Kong

BLUEPRINT, DESIGN AWARDS - 2015 - Top 3 Finalist, Best Small Project, Yue Garden Bunker, Blueprint Magazine, London

FX MAGAZINE, INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS - 2015 Winner, Best Cultural Space and Museum, Yue Garden Bunker, FX Magazine, London

2A MAGAZINE, BEST OF ASIA AWARDS - 2015 Top 3 Finalist, Best Interior Space, Chenshan Showcase Cellar, Arts and Architecture Magazine, Istanbul

2011
USBGC AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPETITION - 2011 Honorable Mention, Affordable Housing, Shelter Residence, U.S. Green Building Council, Minnesota, USA

AIA ANNUAL DESIGN AWARDS - 2011 Honorable Mention, Chicago Architecture Award, Ecologies Graduate Thesis, American Institute of Architecture, Chicago

2009
AIA PHOENIX CANAL COMPETITION - 2009 Finalist, Ribbon Scapes, American Institute of Architecture, Phoenix

2008
WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL COMPETITION - 2008 2nd Place, The Core Project, World Architecture Festival, Munster, DE

PRESS APPEARANCES:
Print Publications
FX Magazine - London
2022.01 The Peacock
IDEAT Magazine - China
2019.02 Brunch With Cafe
Elle Decor - China, India
2019.00 Brunch With Cafe
2016.02 Yu Garden Wine Bunker
Contract Magazine - USA
2017.12 Dong Sheng Hui Cellar
2017.01 Int. Wine/Spirits Museum
2015.12 Yue Garden Wine Bunker
Interior Design Magazine - USA
2016.12 Best of the year
2016.04 Yu Geng Shan Private Cellar
2015.12 Best of the year
Wealth Magazine - China
2017.11 The Romantic Poem In Bottles
Interior Magazine - Taiwan
2016.06 International Wine and Spirits Museum
Space Magazine - China
2013. 06 Sheshan Private Cellar
Online Publications
ArchDaily
2022.04 NIO Chengdu
Archilovers
2022.03 NIO Chengdu
2022.03 The Peacock
Dezeen
2020.12 HiveMind Pendant
Designboom
2018.10 Brunch With Cafe
2017.02 From Bullets to Bottles
The Urban Realist
2018.09 From Bullets to Bottles
Robb Report
2017.05 From Bullets to Bottles
Design Curial
2016.11 FX Awards: The Winners
2016.10 Blueprint Awards: The Winners
2015.11 FX Awards: The Winners
2015.10 Blueprint Awards: The Winners
RIBA Journal
2010.00 Interview with RIBA Journal

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
Gensler Research Catalog Vol. 2
2017. 01 Breath of Fresh Air

Gensler Research Catalog Vol. 2
2017. 01 Design for Polluted and Toxic Environments

White Paper
2016. 08 Research on Living Walls & Passive Filtration

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English (Native Language)
Chinese (HKS 3 - Working Proficiency)

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
The Climate Reality Project
- Volunteer Mentor at Shenzhen, China Training
- Leadership Training in Manila, Philippines

Habitat for Humanity
- Fundraising
- Design for Elderly Home Refurbishment
- Affordable Housing Design Charrette

Architecture Association
- AA and British Museum Refurbishment Charrette

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
Design for Augmented Realities
Lecturer and Course Leader
Tongji University
Spring 2019 - Shanghai, China

Design for Polluted & Toxic Environments
Keynote
World Economic Forum Fellows Dinner
October 10, 2018 - Shanghai, China

SEEDS Talk
Keynote
NIO Lecture Series
September 20, 2018 - Chengdu, China

Design for Polluted & Toxic Environments
Keynote
AIA Lecture Series
August 22, 2018 - Shanghai, China

The Future: Past, Present, & Tomorrow
Keynote
WIEE (World Innovation & Entrep. Expo)
May 22, 2018 - Shanghai, China

Design, A Manifestation of the Heart
Keynote invited by Shashi Caan
World Youth Design Forum
May 04, 2017 - Suzhou, China

Emerging Strategies for Sustainability Lecturer
Nottingham University in Ningbo
April 12, 2017- Ningbo, China

History of Influence
Keynote
AIA Lecture Series
March 16, 2017 - Shanghai, China

Professional Practice & Research
Keynote
Judson University Lecture Series
October 21, 2016 - Illinois, USA

Design for Polluted & Toxic Environments
Keynote
Gensler Research Lecture Tour
September 29, 2016 - Shanghai, China
October 07, 2016 - Los Angeles, USA
October 12, 2016 - San Fransisco, USA
October 13, 2016 - Washington D.C., USA
October 18, 2016 - New York City, USA
October 20, 2016 - Chicago, USA

Design for Polluted & Toxic Environments
Keynote
GIGA & IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Assoc).
September 21, 2016 - Shanghai, China - Inaugural Event

Considerations for Vertical Cities
Lecturer
Tongji University
June 19, 2016 - Shanghai, China

Climate Change & Pollution Mitigation
Keynote
Klimahouse Congress
May 31, 2016. NCIEC, Beijing, China

Historic Juxtaposition
Lecturer and Course Co-Leader
Tongji University
May 15, 2016 - Shanghai, China

+/- Relationships in Space
Lecturer and Course Co-Leader
Tongji University
May 05, 2016 - Shanghai, China

Design for Polluted & Toxic Environments
Lecturer
Nottingham University in Ningbo
May 04, 2016 - Ningbo, China

Nature’s Space and Form
Lecturer and Course Co-Leader
Tongji University
April 14, 2016 - Shanghai, China

Sustainability in High-Rise Architecture
Lecturer
Nottingham University in Ningbo
April 12, 2016 - Ningbo, China

Forming Personal Space
Lecturer and Course Co-Leader
Tongji University
April 06, 2016 - Shanghai, China

Space and Form from 2D to 3D
Lecturer
Tongji University
October 27, 2013 - Shanghai, China

Professional Practice
Keynote
Judson University Lecture Series
October, 2010 - Illinois, USA

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
USGBC - United States Green Building Council
LEED AP (as of June 2009);

IIDA - International Interior Design Association
International Chapter; License 1092770

AIA - American Institute of Architects
AIA Associate; License 38127220

The Climate Project
Certified Climate Reality Leader
Inaugurated by Vice President Al Gore

ULI - Urban Land Institute
Associate Member

HOBBIES:
Music Composition
Over the last 28 years Kyle has continued to perform as a pianist and composer. He has completed compositions for acoustic piano, choral and electronic music with three album releases
soundcloud.com/kyle-mertensmeyer

WEB SITE:
augustgreen.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
https://www.augustgreen.com/projectslides

REGISTRATION DATE:
2022-01-12 20:46:14

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Kyle MertensMeyer


The Peacock Wine Cellar

Platinum A' Design Award Winner for Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category in 2021
Kyle MertensMeyer for Godolphin

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