Jake Barton is Principal and Founder of Local Projects, an experience and exhibit design firm that creates groundbreaking experiences. Credits include landmark projects like the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the London Mithraeum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Local Projects has won every major award, including the National Design Awards and Cannes Lions, for work that focuses on civil rights (Legacy Museum & Greenwood Rising with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission), sustainability (Fashion for Good Experience), storytelling (StoryCorps & The New York Times) and education (Planet Word Museum of Language Arts, the first voice-activated museum of language). Jake's TED Talk has over one million views and he is on Fast Company Magazine’s list of top fifty designers.
Whitney Rutter is Managing Director of Local Projects. In her role she oversees the business as well as develops future projects for the studio. Prior to joining LP in 2017, she held positions in the museum and cultural sector at MoMA, Antenna International, and Patron Technology. In addition to her work at LP, she is an active Board Member of ArtTable, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the women's leadership in the Visual Arts. Whitney holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MA from the Graduate Center.
Sam Wellbrock is Chief Operating Officer, responsible for ensuring optimal efficiency and quality across all projects through process and communication. Prior to Local Projects, Sam spent her career working across digital and physical spaces to create human-centered experiences that are rooted in technical stability and design integrity. She has worked on products and experiences for Gagosian Gallery, Sonos, Sweetgreen, Comcast, Royal Caribbean, Vice Magazine, and NY Bike Share.
L’Rai Arthur-Mensah is a Project Director with Local Projects. Credits include The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, The Fashion For Good Experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands and The Greenwood Rising Museum in Tulsa, OK slated to open in 2021. Prior to joining Local Projects L'Rai worked as a lead on projects ranging from implementing mixed reality experiences at the Superbowl to creating an online digital version of Kara Walker's Sugar Baby with Creative Time. L'Rai holds a B.S.E in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Eric directs the Creative Technology Department, and as Creative Director he focuses on designing intuitive and tangible interfaces around complex subjects. His recent projects include interactive installations for the The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Noticing Tools suite of learning apps for the New York Hall of Science, and the Body Metrics and BioDesign Studio permanent exhibitions at the Tech Museum of Innovation. Prior to joining Local Projects, Eric co-founded Plural Design in Chicago and developed interactive installations for a range of clients and contexts, including Eyebeam, Wired, and artist Anthony McCall. Work from his independent practice has been exhibited at the Anthology Film Archives, the Hyde Park Art Center, 319 Scholes, Flux Factory, and Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna. Eric holds an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a BS from Northwestern.
Christina strives to inspire innovative visual storytelling through a cross-disciplinary approach to design. At Local Projects she has led creative for clients including IBM Watson, The National Museum of Australia, Futures Without Violence and The Shed. In past work, she has created brand identities, branded environments and experiences, and has designed and curated exhibitions with clients such as Google, Pantone, Levi’s, Recode, The Museum of the Moving Image, Future of Storytelling and Generally Assembly. She holds a BFA and an MFA in design and photography, and has taught interactive design and design thinking at Pratt, Princeton and Rutgers.
Amelia Falco leads projects as a Creative Director, with a focus on experiential retail. Prior to joining LP, she led creative on large retail, brand and experiential projects, including the Adidas 5th Avenue flagship store in New York City and Beijing, NBA Flagship Store, Nintendo Flagship renovation, and the Brookfield Luminaries installation at Brookfield Place. Amelia is a registered Architect in both Arizona and New York, and holds NCARB and LEED BD+C certifications. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona, where she was the recipient of the Kirby Lockard Scholarship.
Nathan Adkisson has developed strategy for a wide range of cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. He has also led a number of branding and retail projects, including Target Open House, a permanent concept store for the Internet of Things in downtown San Francisco. Before joining Local Projects, Nathan was a senior strategist at Big Spaceship, where he led creative and strategic initiatives for Crayola, Chobani, Belvedere, Google, Samsung, Sonos, Purina, AOL, and Fiji Water. Before entering the design world, Nathan was a reporter for a variety of newspapers and magazines. He holds a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Charlotte van den Bosch
Charlotte directs the Visual Experience Design Department, and leads the creative on some of our key interactive museum projects. Charlotte is a well-rounded design leader with experience in environmental graphics, exhibitions, media, print, branding, and interactives. During her long-standing tenure at LP, Charlotte has walked through every stage of the design process from concept to production. Her goal is to design experiences that are both meaningful and beautiful. Clients include the award-winning: Legacy Museum in Alabama, Fashion for Good in Amsterdam, Planet Word in DC, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum in Sydney, as well as more recently the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, and the Courage Museum in San Francisco. Prior to joining Local Projects, Charlotte was a Graphic Designer on the Brands and Environments team at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto. Originally from the Netherlands, Charlotte graduated with honors from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem with a BA in Graphic Design.
Anthony is the Director of Physical Design and a registered architect in the State of New York. He oversees LP's physical design projects and has acted as the lead on projects like the Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, and Planet Word. Prior to joining Local Projects, Anthony taught architectural studios, created architectural installations as an associate of the icebergproject collaborative, designed low-income supportive housing in New York City, and designed exhibitions for Ralph Appelbaum Associates. Anthony holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Buffalo.
Naomi brings fifteen years of experience leading interdisciplinary teams and international clients towards the design of outstanding cultural experiences. As a Project Director, she works closely with clients to chart a path forward using her keen sense of priorities and process, often through multi-year engagements. Her recent clients include the Guggenheim Bilbao, Time Inc., L'Oreal, Tower of David Museum, Planet Word Museum of Language, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, and Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Prior to joining Local Projects, Naomi was a project manager, content developer, and media producer with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, NY Projects, AldrichPears Associates, and The Battery Conservancy, among others. She holds an MS in City and Regional Planning, a MPS in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute, and a BA in Humanistic Studies from McGill University.
Brook Anderson has been in the museum design world for over two decades, with experience as an exhibit designer, project director, and professor of narrative-driven design. Before coming to Local Projects, Brook served as a Project Director at Ralph Appelbaum Associates for 15 years, where he worked on projects ranging in topic, scope, and scale; from branded environments, international traveling shows, and permanent museum exhibitions. Some highlight completed projects include the Samsung d'light (Seoul, Korea), The Mobiglobe for the Volkswagon Autostadt (Wolfsburg, Germany); Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; (Washington, DC); The Habitat Museum and Remembrance Museum at Al-Shaheed Park (Kuwait City, Kuwait); and the Nordic Museum (Seattle, WA). At Local Projects, he is currently leading work for a variety of projects in Australia, including the Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the National Museum of Australia.
As Head of People and Culture at Local Projects, Louise Storelli supports operational structure and promotes culture and team growth as well as employer brand development. She has a passion for cultivating highly collaborative work environments. Her goal is for these to inspire creativity and engagement while supporting business objectives. Louise came to Local Projects with over 20 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in content creation across film, television, web and built environments. International brands include Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Toyota, Chanel, and The 9/11 Museum and Memorial Foundation, among others.
Keeli Shaw serves as an Executive Account Director at Local Projects. During her time at LP, Keeli has produced interactive projects ranging in scale from mobile applications to interactive multi-touch micro-tile walls. She has overseen the design and development of projects including the BioDesign Studio (March 2016) and Body Metrics exhibit (February 2015) at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, City Pulse at the One World Observatory, the student center media wall at Case Western Reserve University, Urbanology at the BMW/Guggenheim Lab, the Stone Barns iOS application, the Gallery One suite of interactive media and mobile application ArtLens for the Cleveland Museum of Art, and other large scale interactives around the world, from Cincinnati, OH to Geneva, Switzerland.
Jeanne Angel is passionate professional with over 10 years of experience in the Creative Technology field. Prior to Local Projects, Jeanne was the Production Director for Creative Tech Week, Exhibit Media Designer and Producer at New York Historical Society, and Media Art Specialist at the Guggenheim Museum, and has produced, designed, performed and exhibited technology driven art works at The Walker Museum, MoMA PS1, The Warhol Museum, New Museum, and others. Jeanne holds an MS and BS in Digital Media from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s IDM Program.
Nina Boesch brings 15 years of international work experience to her work at Local Projects. Nina focuses on UX and UI design for interactive media experiences such as large-scale media walls, touch-screen tables and kiosks, mobile apps, etc. Prior to joining Local Projects, Nina worked at Pentagram and Ralph Appelbaum Associates. She holds a BFA with honors in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
Harry is an award-winning experience designer and a Senior Interaction Designer at Local Projects. Harry has worked in the fascinating intersection of art, science, and technology for well over a decade. His work has taught, inspired and delighted audiences all over the world in permanent and traveling exhibitions for organizations like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).
Adrian is a Physical Design Director at Local Projects, focusing on shaping and helping to materialize environments that bring stories alive. As an exhibit designer, Adrian has previously led the design and production of permanent and temporary exhibitions for institutions including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Russia or the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Canada. As an architect, Adrian has worked in Madrid, Paris and New York for multiple studios, including Lacaton & Vassal and Andrew Berman Architect. He holds a Master in Architecture and professional license from ETSAM in Madrid, as well as an MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York.
Olivia Crosby is a designer and maker on the Visual Experience Design team. At Local Projects, she is focused on creating visual systems with an empathic and human-centered approach to interaction design. She previously worked at Zeno Group, where she designed for SiriusXM, Virgin Voyages, and Timex. Olivia received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut.
Tess Delbyck is a project manager, focusing on exhibit design projects. Prior to Local Projects, Tess worked as a project manager on the agency side, with clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as in-house on the marketing team at Union Square Hospitality Group. She attended Lafayette College, where she received a B.A. in English.
Delia is a project manager focusing on media and content for museums. Before coming to Local Projects, Delia was an associate producer at Richard Lewis Media Group, where she created media for museum exhibits. She received a BA from Brown University.
Cameron is a Senior Creative Technologist and focuses on AR and iOS. Before coming to Local Projects, Cameron was an iOS Engineer at Motivate Inc and a Unity Engineer at Tinybop. At Tinybop, an app he worked on, The Robot Factory, was named the 2015 iPad App of the Year by Apple. He holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Columbia.
Izzy Geffner is a multi-disciplinary designer and creator dedicated to bringing the stories of the world to life. Prior to Local Projects, she spent time with AKA NYC and SpotCo, developing key art and visual design for Broadway plays and musicals. She holds a BFA in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Avi is a Creative Technology Director focusing on backend development, web development and DevOps. His recent credits include leading backend development on the Fashion For Good Center in Amsterdam, the Sydney Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and the UMass Old Chapel media wall. He has contributed to a range of other projects including the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum in Montgomery, The Museum of the City of New York’s core exhibits, the London Mithraeum, and the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation interactive websites. Avi holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in Computer Science and History.
Francie is a Content Director, focusing on media-based projects and large-scale content production. Her recent credits include leading content development for the One World Observatory at the new World Trade Center, the Explorer 2.0 app for the American Museum of Natural History, NY at its Core, a permanent 3-gallery exhibit on the history of New York City at the Museum of the City of New York, the Fashion for Good Launchpad and Permanent Experience Center in Amsterdam, and ZERO Gallery for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Francie holds an MA from University College London and a BA with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alex Kelly is a Senior Project Manager with a passion for experiential storytelling. She focuses on interactive exhibit design projects at Local Projects. Prior to LP, she worked at the design consultancy C&G Partners producing exhibits for a multitude of cultural and corporate institutions. Recent clients include The National Museum of the American Indian, The Museum of Pop Culture, The Rockefeller University, Lutron, and The Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. Alex began her career assisting modern and contemporary art curators with exhibitions at The Jewish Museum and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She holds a BA in Art History from Oberlin College.
Jaein is a Project Manager focusing on media production at Local Projects. Before joining LP, she was a Project Manager at With Projects managing projects and client relations across Print and Digital platforms, for arts institutions, fashion, beauty, and corporate brands. Prior to With Projects, she was an Associate Project Manager at a boutique business and brand consulting firm, working with corporate fashion and beauty clients. Overall past clients include: MCM Worldwide, MetLife, Vitra, Crozier Fine Arts, Harvard Design Magazine, and Rhizome/New Museum. She holds a BFA in Visual Communications and Print Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
As Producer, Kristin Lovejoy is building on her expertise as a documentary and interactive producer. Before joining Local Projects, Kristin worked at PBS, where she created Peabody award-winning culture and art specials and series for national broadcast and worldwide distribution, as well as web content. Subsequently, Kristin was commissioned by Madison Square Art to produce web media for sculptor Jaume Plensa’s Echo, and for Orly Genger’s ‘Red, Yellow and Blue’, the client’s first mobile app. Prior to PBS, she contributed to the creation of an immersive experience for the Rotunda at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for Batwin+Robin Productions, as well as large scale digital scenic backdrops for two Broadway shows. She holds an MA, in Film Theory and Production from New York University and was selected to participate in the prestigious Whitney Museum Independent Studio Program.
Guillaume Marais uses his 10+ years experience to incorporate user-centered design principles across a broad range of projects and to enhance experiences. Prior to joining Local Projects, he founded Buzzing Light, a design studio based in Paris where he was Creative Director for 8 years. He takes a core position in shaping a project’s creative trajectory from early concept to implementation, and takes a leading role in researching and experimenting with new approaches and new technologies. He holds an MS in Software Engineering from ECE Paris.
Jenn Zhengyuan McDermott is a Senior Visual Experience Designer who is passionate about exhibit design. She has a master’s degree in Exhibition Design and 8 years of experience in the industry. Early in her career, she focused on core fundamentals of design such as environmental and spatial layouts. In more recent years, she built on that knowledge by focusing on interactive exhibit development and environmental graphics. She continually looks to develop better user experiences for visitors. Her experience includes a variety of projects both in the US and internationally including the LBJ Presidential Library in Texas, the Shanghai Museum of Natural History, a Prada Foundation exhibit in Milan focused on art in Italy during WWII, and a permanent gallery in the Australia Center of Moving Image, among many others.
Ben leads communications and marketing for Local Projects, including the development of thought leadership campaigns and other marketing programs. In addition, he manages the studio newsletter, social channels, website, and events, as well as producing documentation for all current studio projects. Before Local Projects, Ben worked as an account executive at the Chicago-based digital agency Doejo, and as marketing copywriter for MakerBot 3D printers. Ben received his BA in Communications with a concentration in film and integrated marketing, and a minor in East Asian Studies from Northwestern University.
Nik is the Studio Manager at Local Projects, responsible for managing and maintaining all aspects of the studio's facilities and infrastructure to optimize staff performance. Formerly an Engineer in the US Army and Sergeant of Public Safety at NYU, Nik brings over 15 years of operational, administrative, & managerial experience to the table from a range of industries and institutions, and holds a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jenny is a Senior Content Developer focusing on interpretive planning, content development, and creative story building. With nearly 15 years of museum and strategy experience, Jenny specializes in crafting emotionally evocative stories that inspire empathy and action. As an original member of the 9/11 Memorial Museum's team, she spent ten years curating the museum's award-winning physical and audio exhibitions. She is particularly passionate about oral history and the intersection of individual and collective memory. Jenny holds an MA in Public History from New York University and a BA in History from UC Berkeley.
Emily is a Content Coordinator with a passion for creating socially conscious exhibitions. She is particularly interested in decolonizing practices in museum settings, and creatively applies this perspective to her work and thought process. Her credits at Local Projects include Planet Word and the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. Before joining LP, she worked in curatorial roles at the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Museum of Natural History, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Emily holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and a BA in Cultural Anthropology and French Studies from Duke University.
As a Senior Visual Experience Designer at Local Projects, Ryan transforms narratives into immersive environments through the thoughtful combination of past and future technologies for clients like IBM. As an educator, he shares his love for design at Pratt Institute, where he teaches interactive and motion design. Ryan comes to Local Projects with experience in designing live events and interactive installations for clients such as Netflix, Under Armour, LinkedIn and Facebook. Before that, he worked closely with non-profit organizations to amplify their voices through branding and digital design. Ryan holds an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, and a BA in Mathematics and Graphic Design from Binghamton University.
As New Business Strategist, Jenny Sharp supports the development of proposals for a range of new projects across cultural and commercial sectors. She previously managed fine art studios for artists like David Salle and Joel Sternfeld, helping to lead numerous exhibitions and publications with institutions such as MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Skarstedt Gallery, Luhring Augustine, Dallas Contemporary, and more. Most recently, Jenny acted as Business Manager of Pandiscio Green, a boutique design studio working with clients like The Mark Hotel, Starr Restaurants, and Neue Galerie.
Jennifer Spoley is a Senior Project Manager, focusing on experiential exhibit design projects. Before Local Projects, Jenn worked as a Senior Production Manager in the design department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she restructured their project management and oversaw the design budgets, schedules, and resourcing for 50+ exhibitions a year. She enjoys bouncing back and forth between the design and museum worlds, having also worked as a project and production manager at Gensler's Brand Design Studio, The American Museum of Natural History, and ESI Design. She attended Boston University, where she received a BFA in painting.
Nima Vakili is a designer, maker, and a creative technologist. He is interested in human-computer interaction, situated technologies, parametric design, and fabrication. Nima has exhibited his work internationally at venues including the Media Architecture Biennale, and has been awarded the prestigious AED Neuland’s first-prize in the Exhibition and Public Spaces category. Prior, Nima was Sensing Lab Manager at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he pursued his interest in interactive architecture. Nima holds a dual Master of Architecture and Fine Arts from the joint Media Arts and Architecture Program offered by SUNY Buffalo and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
Karen is a graphic designer, reader, writer, and thinker. Before Local Projects, she worked at Studio Kudos designing print and web products for a variety of nonprofit and small-business clients. She interned at Pure + Applied and Metropolis Magazine, and has contributed writing for AIGA/NY. Karen holds a BA from Williams College where she studied psychology and art history. She completed a MFA in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012.
Peter Vikar is a Physical Design Director working across multiple platforms and scales, ranging from custom hardware design to large public sculptures. Before joining LP, Peter was running a large-scale robotics lab and taught courses on kinetic architecture at UCLA. He holds a Masters in Design Research from Sci-Arc and Masters in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Robert Vinci is a Senior Project Manager, focusing on the physical design, production, and installation of exhibitions. Previously, Robert produced exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of American Finance, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. He holds a Masters in Natural Sciences.
Jenny is a senior physical designer with over ten years of experience in exhibition design across the fields of art, history, science, and technology. At Local Projects, she has contributed to forthcoming projects including the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center in Philadelphia and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum in Sydney. Prior to joining Local Projects, Jenny practiced exhibition design at Ralph Appelbaum Associates and architecture at Carlos Zapata Studio. She also worked as an editorial intern at The Architect's Newspaper. She pursued graduate studies in architecture in Princeton University and holds a BS in Architecture with honors from the University at Buffalo.
Andie brings a deep passion and understanding of art, storytelling, and social justice to her work at Local Projects. Andie joins LP from Ralph Appelbaum Associates, where she coordinated content and developed narrative approaches for a variety of institutions. She holds a BA with honors in Anthropology, and correlates in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.
Charles Veasey is a Senior Software Engineer, focusing on application development and systems integration. Before Local Projects, Charles worked as a contract software engineer developing immersive systems for simulation research and entertainment. Charles attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Art.
Ryo Yamazaki is a Visual Experience Design Director, inspiring and supporting the Visual Experience Design team to create innovative, meaningful, transformative visual experiences while maintaining and elevating the team’s creative excellence. Before Local Projects, Ryo worked as an Art Director spearheading creative efforts of transforming brand story and marketing strategy into big, creative ideas, and produced creative solutions from conception to execution for branding and integrated campaigns across multiple channels. He has worked with a range of clients such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, Met Opera, Toyota Motors, and Apple. He attended Pratt Institute, where he received a BFA and currently serves as a mentor at NEW INC, the New Museum's art, design, and technology incubator.
Tamar is a Senior Software Engineer at Local Projects. In her role as Senior Software Engineer, Tamar leads the development of back-end systems and application architecture on a variety of projects. Prior to joining LP, she worked as a Full Stack Developer for Rethink in New York, Data Scope and Pango in Petah Tikva, Israel. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel.
Tamar is a Lead Creative Technologist at Local Projects. She is an experienced project leader and systems design, and oversees our Creative Technology team on various projects. She holds a B.arch degree from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and a master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch. Prior to Joining LP, Tamar worked as Technology Lead at Potion, and was a practicing architect and exhibit designer at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.