SHIFT_DESIGN has placed a significant emphasis upon its company’s environmental strategy through the power of design, thus reinforcing local manufacturing and waste reduction methods by choosing product components that are made from recycled content and are 100% recyclable after a long life cycle. The product systems are created with an emphasis on ease of install that on the residential scale allows for Do-It-Yourself projects. On a commercial scale this strongly promotes the creation of a newly skilled “green” labor force for multiple product applications. Our fabrication model is based upon nodal manufacturing within a range of 120 transport miles which directly affects the products carbon footprint. We will further partner with manufacturers across the country to fabricate our products within our node city locations.
We believe our experiences as a collaborative design firm have prepared us well to pursue our inquiry into public interventions. The range of various projects at different scales gives us the experience to take on design problems and still allows us to have fun, be creative, innovative and serve our clients professionally.
MEET THE TEAM
MARIO GENTILE, founder and CEO of Shift Space Design LLC, drives the strategic direction of the studios experimental design lab, while overseeing operations and client relations. As an architect and product designer, Mario has been involved with residential, commercial and institutional building projects in both national and international locations. The work and research have a modern aesthetic with a focus on mass-customization, prefabrication, and sustainable design.
Professional achievements include exhibitions, award winning designs and inclusion in the following books: The Home House Project, MIT Press and Rebuilding Ground Zero, Rizzoli International. Gentile is currently teaching an architecture studio at the University of Pennsylvania focused on biomimicry. A former professor at Temple University, Gentile has taught various levels of design studio including thesis advising and has also been an invited critic to many of the leading design schools in the country.
Before founding SHIFT_DESIGN, he has worked with Kieran Timberlake Associates, Peter Marino Associates and JXN Studio in Philadelphia and for George Ranalli Architect and Resolution 4: Architecture in New York. A graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Architecture and has received his Masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.
TIM BARNES, our Design Director, is interested in the intersection of good design and social responsibility. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University and is the recipient of multiple architectural honors. His architectural background informs much of his work at SHIFT_DESIGN. Tim contributes to and manages the design process for each project. He is well versed in fabrication technology and design software which allows him to coordinate between manufacturing and design. Tim has been a visiting critic to Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
MICHAEL CUCINOTTA is a landscape designer motivated by sustainable problem-solving, environmental design and fabrication. With an Bachelor degree in Environmental Planning and Design with a focus on Landscape Architecture, at SHIFT_DESIGN he manages installations, plant selection and provides input on various design tasks large and small. Past professional experiences have trained him in environmental planning, planting design, field ecology, surveying, construction and education.
CONNOR WHITE is a product designer, born and raised in Philadelphia. He believes in a holistic approach to design encompassing research, ideation, and exploration, all working to develop sustainable and user-focused solutions to household products. Connor is currently completing his B.S. in Product Design with minors in Interdisciplinary Smart initiatives, Entrepreneurship, and Fine Arts at Drexel University.
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