I always had a passion for design and architecture and a deep appreciation of the vision of Walt Disney, to combine design with storytelling, the foundation of experience- and experiential-design.
In 1999 I was hired by the Cincinnati based design company Jack Rouse Associates as a designer on the Volkswagen Autostadt Project in Wolfsburg, Germany and moved to the United States.
During my time at JRA, I successfully worked on major national and international projects, such as ZDF Medienpark, Germany, HarborLand Theme Park, China, the Singapore Science Center, Cirque du Soleil’s Complex Cirque and the new World Of Coca-Cola, Atlanta.
Most recently I worked as lead attraction designer and design director on Ferrari World Theme Park, Abu Dhabi. Here I was responsible for the complete design and supervision of the park’s four dark rides from concept through scenic detail design and media post production:
“Speed of Magic”: A 3D motion dark ride into a kid's Ferrari Fantasy;
“Made in Maranello”: Experience the birth of the Ferrari 599, from concept to first test drive;
“The Racing Legends”: A ride through Ferrari’s greatest racing moments;
“V12”: A dark flume ride through the heart of a 12-cyclinder engine.
I offer a unique design and illustration style, conceptualizing skills and attention to detail and have the demonstrated ability to creatively direct diverse talents in the creation of engaging, highly successful attractions and experiences.
Please also visit on the web:
www.bjornkemper.com = www.experiential-design.com
2/1999 - Present
Senior Project Designer
Jack Rouse Associates, Inc. (JRA), Cincinnati, U.S.A.
Designed, planned and creatively directed national and international entertainment-, corporate- and edutainment projects such as theme parks, attractions, rides, urban entertainment centers, visitor centers, themed/branded environments, zoos, museums and trade shows from blue-sky/proposal/concept- through schematic, detail and construction design phases.
Leveraged multidisciplinary design tasks involving exhibit/attraction design, graphic design, storyboarding, illustration, architectural-/interior design, urban planning/area development and multi-media as well as the creative direction of diverse teams in the creation of engaging and highly successful attractions and guest experiences for some of the world’s greatest brands.
Energy Pavilions of the Prince Salman Science Oasis, Saudi Arabia
Sochi Theme Park, Russia
Antalya Theme Park, Turkey
Ferrari World Theme Park, Abu Dhabi, UAE:
Design Director and Lead Attraction Designer heading Ferrari World’s four state-of-the-art Dark Rides.
Speed of Magic – A 3D motion dark ride into a kid's Ferrari Fantasy
Made in Maranello – Experience the birth of the Ferrari 599 Fiorano, from concept to first test drive.
V12 – A flume ride through the heart of a 12-cyclinder engine.
The Racing Legends - A ride through Ferrari’s greatest racing moments.
Responsible for the complete delivery of design and creative: scenic, media, lighting, ride, architecture and graphics, including supervision and direction of the numerous vendors and consultants, from concept through detail design and media post production.
Ferrari World opened in December, 2010.
Other significant projects:
Volkswagen Autostadt, Germany; ZDF Medienpark, Germany; Lucent Technologies Customer Showcase, Atlanta; HarborLand Theme Park, China; New World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta; Singapore Science Center Atrium, Singapore; Mythica - Center for World Mythology, Minneapolis; Cirque du Soleil, Complex Cirque
1997 - 1999 and 1993 - 1995,
Architectural Designer and Drafter
Fischer Architekten, Viernheim, Germany,
1996 - 1997
Conceptual Designer and Illustrator
arthesia, Berlin, Germany,
1995 - 1996,
Architectural Designer and Drafter
Althoff Architekten, Darmstadt, Germany,
1987 - Present
Designer and Illustrator, freelance
Recent Clients: Cincinnati Opera; City of Viernheim, Germany; Reds Department, Mannheim, Germany
1993 - 1998,
Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture (U.S. equivalent)
1991 - 1993,
Mannheim Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Germany
Graduated as Architectural Drafter after apprenticeship with Fischer Architekten and vocational school.
English and German fluent. Written and verbal translation experience.