Los Angeles, CA
December 2011 to Present
Design, Project Management, and Technical Consulting involved in producing creative commercial interiors, branded spaces, and furniture.
November 2008 to Present
Slab Studio, Project documentation
Joshua Tree Free Store with Stephanie Smith and Eco-Shack Design Lab.
Various Web design, Logo, Graphic, and Rendering projects.
March 2010 to November 2011
Designer and Project Manager involved in large scale physical computing, public art, and interactive lighting projects across the United States and Canada. Projects range from
intelligent wall size displays, to reactive outdoor architectural lighting. This work has included everything from design, project management, visualization, down to component fabrication.
September 2007 to November 2008
Collaborated on various phases of project implementation including; design development, documentation, permitting, plan check, consultant coordination, project management, research, and 3d rendering. Projects included mixed office developments, single and multi family residences, and commercial interiors.
May 2007 to August 2007
Worked on Design Development for phase IV of the Buffalo Public Schools redevelopment project, a 1.1 billion dollar school modernization project.
May 2006 to August 2006
Worked with community groups in rural Costa Rican villages on architectural design, planning, and community development projects. Projects included: Santa Elena Public Library Design, Monteverde Reserve Researchers Lodge, Development strategies for the Santa Elena City Center, Storm water management plan for Los Llanos City Center, A regional community center and day care.
April 2005 to May 2006
Developed components for a terra cotta ventilated rain screen facade system which has been used on major buildings around the world. Also tasked with developing promotional materials, 3d renderings and assembly animations for the product line.
September 2003 to October 2005
Duties included every part of the design process from the creation
of presentation work, to the production of construction documents.
Managed and produced CAD drawings for 1.8 million worth of
housing in the Buffalo NY area.
January 2002 to February 2005
Duties included Environmental program management, research, and graphic design.
May 1998 to September 2002
Supervised a team of 8 to 10 lifeguards in the cities largest indoor pool facility. Also taught swimming lessons, exercise classes, and directed other pool activities. Was also involved in youth intervention programs at the facility.
Masters of Architecture in Architecture, Media Art, Physical Computing
January 2005 to January 2007
Bachelor of Science in Architecture in Architecture
January 2000 to January 2004
DesignBoom Sound Innovation Competition Shortlisted entry.
Arctic Perspective Initiative Mobile Media Habitation Unit Competition Shortlisted Entry.
Fujitsu 2011 design competition short listed entry: “Lifebook Leaf”
Exhibition: ‘Come In! 2: Surf Skate Bike’
Featured “Skate 1.0”, a light and sound experience featuring 60 dimming florescent bulbs and 3D sounds representing skateboarders in a virtual skate park. Cordinated the install phase of the project and oversaw all construction.
Exhibition: ‘Responsive Architectures’
UB ART GALLERY, Buffalo (spring 2007) Featured “The Hydra”, a pneumatically
operated interactive art instillation.
Exhibition: 'Global Studios'
Dyett Gallery, Buffalo (2006) Featured Work of the Costa Rican Design Studio. Published in ‘Crit’ Magazine May 2008.
Design Boom Featured Article: “A Life With Future Computing” Short listed Entry.
May 4, 2011
"The 'lifebook leaf' concept, by american designers laura karnath and carl burdick, uses recent technological developments to reenvision the laptop production process in an environmentally conscious manner. the concept was shortlisted from over 1000 designs in our recent designboom competition 'a life with future computing', organized in collaboration with FUJITSU."
This solar powered laptop could be a game changer. By Caleb Denison
May 11, 2011
"American designers Laura Karnath and Carl Burdick believe that "designers can no longer design products which rely on energy and resources as if those things were limitless."
Their new laptop computer design, which the team calls "Lifebook Leaf" appears to be their attempt to show that a radical change in thinking needs to take place in the technology marketplace. "
Futuristic Laptop Concept Features Solar Panel Cover, Charger by Jaymi Heimbuch
May 4, 2011
Recycle My Fuselage by Marilyn Terrell
January 14, 2010
Airlines are retiring the mid-size MD-80/DC-9 planes that first began flying in 1980 and are replacing them with larger, more efficient models. But what to do with the old aircraft?
Intermodal Transit Hub drapes itself in solar panels for power. By Desh Raj Sharma
June 8, 2010
Eco Architecture: ZNCH - A carbon-neutral housing project for the urban world By Anupam Jolly
October 24, 2009