Collaboration+Innovation+Concept Design Specialties: -Seeing and making connections and collaborations catalyze -Environmental and Systems Design -Project Management -Experience design -Public art commissions -Art and Design creation: ...Prototyping/proof of concept ...Metalworking ...Woodworking ...Sculpture ...Painting

Work Samples

  • The Noble Architect

  • Furniture

  • Conformation Series

Work History

  • Assistant Professor

    • PNCA- MFA Collaborative Design program
    • Aug 2013 - Present (8 months)

    Co-designed and am teaching a new studio lab class, called Product Design for an Emerging Bioeconomy. In conjunction with the innovative companies gDiapers and Exile Leadership. Our students are tasked with designing a home composting unit that would be able to safely and easily compost everything from kitchen scraps to soiled diapers, giving agency to the user to turn their waste stream into a valuable resource. We have embraced the potential of this work to have massive impact.

  • Instructor

    • PNCA
    • Portland, OR
    • Jun 2012 - Present (1 year 10 months)

    Designed and implemented a new class (with additional classes in development) that focuses on the prototype process and illuminating the realm of iterative design. The focus is on getting your ideas out and built quick and fast and then testing through feedback loops and making adjustments. More hands on and less computer design. The focus is on form and intention as much as, if not more than, function. We fail harder, faster, and unapologetically with the results exceeding all expectations.

  • Founder

    • DJL Studio
    • 2001 - Present (13 years)

    We design custom furniture and lighting. In every case we attempt to design with as much environmentally sensitivity as possible. We operate a full wood shop and a full metal shop in the Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland, Oregon directly across the river from Downtown.

    Additional services include commissioned artwork for the home as well as large scale public works.

  • Design Consultant

    • DJL Studio
    • 2001 - Present (13 years)

    DJL Studio has shifted focus from design and fabrication services to consulting and project management services. We serve a wide range of needs and project scales from home interiors, to office interiors, to restaurants to large International rollouts. We have a vast network of collaborators in the Pacific Northwest that we work with to bring our projects to life.

  • Project manager, Sculpture Department Manager, Sculptor

    • Michael Curry Design
    • 1997 - 2005 (8 years)

    Made large scale, kinetic sculptures for productions around the world. Lion King on Broadway, Superbowl halftime show, Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, Cirque Du Soliel and many other shows...


  • Pacific Northwest College of Art

    • Masters of Fine Arts Collaborative Design
    • 2011 - 2013