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Art Director / Architect / Editor in Chief
Arc Worldwide Leo Burnett / ARCHILEPSY
"Architect, Graphic Designer, Creative Dynamo"
Alias: Kevin Danger Frank
Sign: I'm a sensitive Cancer
Home: Chicago, via New Orleans, by way of New York, through Portland, across Boston, originally hailing from the great state of Alabama.
Occupations: Art Director, Architect, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Designer, Musician, Amateur Photographer, Artist, Writer
Education: Master of Architecture, Tulane University School of Architecture
I'm an Art Director at the largest advertising & marketing agency in Chicago. I'm also an architect and the Editor-in-Chief of ARCHILEPSY, an online magazine that is read by tens-of-thousands of young designers and architecture students across the country.
Graduating with special recognition in 2005, I earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University School of Architecture, where I served as student body President and have subsequently served as an invited thesis critic, lecturer, and university recruiting liaison. While studying as a Distinguished Scholar at Tulane University, I was awarded the Class of ‘73 Fellowship, which allowed me to travel to Switzerland and Austria to visit all of Peter Zumthor’s major built works. My thesis, titled Expanding Minimialism, was based on the design principles of Zumthor, Herzog & deMeuron, and other contemporary Swiss practitioners. I have since returned to Europe on multiple occasions to visit Zumthor’s recent work.
Having previously served as Associate Editor for the American Institute of Architects’ Forward Magazine, my work has been published in several architecture and design journals, including CLOG Magazine, Forward Magazine, and ARCHILEPSY Magazine.
Prior to joining Arc Worldwide (Leo Burnett Group) in 2013, I worked as an architectural designer for RTKL Associates in Chicago where I led conceptual design for domestic and international healthcare and commercial projects. This experience allowed me to travel to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, LA, Dallas, and Washington DC. I also previously worked for Allied Works Architecture in Portland, Office dA in Boston, and Lee Ledbetter in New Orleans and New York. I have served as a guest critic at Tulane University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ball State University, and was engaged in a collaborative research project with the University of California Berkeley Center for the Built Environment.
The Portfolio Pipeline educates, inspires, and empowers young creative thinkers to showcase their creative work over time, harnessing their creative energies to achieve their educational and professional goals.
Thank you both for your thinking on this. I completely agree that encouraging constructive feedback is definitely important. And negativity will have no place on the Portfolio Pipeline. However, I also want to foster a strong sense of personal ambition in these young creatives. Personally, I am not at all discouraged when I see someone else's great work. Just the opposite in fact....I become extremely motivated and inspired to keep pushing my craft further.
I know not everyone is the same, so I think moving forward it will be important to strike a balance between a supportive collaborative environment and a platform for developing strong, independent creative spirits.