Lecturer, Interior Design
M.Arch, UC Berkeley
Kent Wilson is an artist, designer, educator and entrepreneur who brings multi-scalar, cross-disciplinary design experience to both teaching and practice. Kent’s award winning work encompasses emerging technologies in architectural 3D printing and fabrication while engaging with social/political/economic discourse. This builds upon experience in marketing, creative direction, and project management for top brands including Hilton, Disney, 20th Century Fox, VW/Audi, Toyota/Lexus, Gensler, and leading California design firms.
Concerns with social equity and sustainability motivated Kent to transition from corporate image-maker to architectural designer and educator. He notes that the design of the built environment holds strong potential for addressing ecological problems, and that the future of architecture will synthesize adaptive reuse, computational design, handcraft and digital fabrication. He believes interior architecture is well positioned to lead here.
Kent lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches interior design studios at San Jose State University, leads Design and Innovation for Sustainable Cities summer studio at UC Berkeley, is Design R&D Specialist at Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, and collaborates with Belgian design collective Rotor, Oakland design research incubator Emerging Objects, and UC Berkeley printFARM.
He commutes by rail between Berkeley and San Jose through an array of Bay Area successes and failures in environmental design – from the marooned sinking ghost town of Drawbridge, to manicured amenities of Silicon Valley. “I’m reminded daily of our need to design in harmony with nature” he says. “I hope to cultivate confidence, engagement and critical inquiry in my students. I think this will ready them take up that challenge.”