Architect and designer, Margaret Kirk is a faculty member at the Pratt Institute where she is a co-founder of the Proximal Lab, a lab specializing in examining the role of digital design and fabrication relating to new social order and spatial experience through experimental research and exhibitions. The goal of the lab is to examine how design evolves with technology, manifest in data, quantum theories and decentralized systematization. The work of both Symasign and Proximal Lab aims to discover new experiences, ordering and the role reality under the influence of technology, data and ordering.
Ms. Kirk has been a multi-recipient of the Pratt Faculty Development Grant through which her work from her think-tank, Symasign, has been developed. Symasign is a research entity exploring computational architectural design on simultaneous scales in material, geometry and concurrent, systemic processing rooted in the crux of design and technology.
With a strong interest in art, theory and philosophy, she is a published writer and award-winning artist who's work has been shown internationally. She serves on the editorial boards of d3 and iijournal, is a contributor to ensia and has been on several juries including Unbuilt Visions.
Prior to this, she earned degrees at Syracuse University and the Pratt Institute where she received numerous scholarships including the Cutler Merit Scholarship for Study Abroad for year-long study in Florence, Italy, academic honors and the Chancellor's Award for Public Service.
As a practitioner, she operates her studio, S.341B.