Significant environmental and development demands are being placed on the built environment from exponential population growth and climate adaptation. Within these scenarios, issues of urban health, ecology and resources, and affordability remain as major design challenges. At a moment when the built environment is facing dramatic shifts, the need for innovation and new design approaches is more essential than ever.
John Klein Design (JKD) is a professional architecture and design firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. We aim to challenge the existing ways of building at the intersection of architecture and technology through the integration of design, engineering and science. We have over 10 years of international experience designing commercial, residential and cultural projects across scales, and operate globably.
John Klein is the founder of John Klein Design and a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John worked for Zaha Hadid Architects for five years as a Senior Architect leading teams to design and deliver over 10,000,000 sq.ft. of large scale buildings and skyscrapers. Additional offices include Gehry Partners and Greg Lynn Form. John has also collaborated with Mark Burry, the executive architect of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, to develop architectural manufacturing techniques based on Antoni Gaudi’s work.
After ZHA, John joined the MIT Media Lab to direct cross-disciplinary teams to develop a first of its kind optically transparent glass printing process called G3DP. G3DP is an additive manufacturing platform designed to print optically transparent glass for product and architectural scale applications. The work and research is currently exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.
Alongside practicing architecture, John teaches courses on architectural design and technology, innovative housing and industrialized wood based construction at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA). He has previously taught at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), Southern California Institute of Architecture (Los Angeles, CA) and the Architectural Association (London, UK).
John holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a registered architect in the United States and a member of the American Institute of Architects.