Ep. 17: Kevin Greenberg

In this episode, Brooklyn-based architect Kevin Greenberg of Space Exploration delights us with tales of culture shock while working in Japan, notes that decades of architecture practice has re-wired his brain to notice bad design, and articulates how he would one day love to build a site of sanctuary and contemplation. Plus, he concocts some creative and funny solutions to ridiculous problems in a fun game of Fix It! 

I think that there’s a notion that architects are supremely rational and orderly and mathematical and their world is dominated by that outlook... but I think my brain functions more like an artist.
Kevin's cat, Napoleon

Kevin's cat, Napoleon

Before founding Brooklyn-based Space Exploration, Kevin spent some time in both Seattle and Japan. He shares with us the uniqueness of Japanese architecture both in form and practice, and how that shaped his approach to structure and space. 

Kevin in Japan

Kevin in Japan

Kevin tells us some anecdotes from his time spent in Japan - listen above to hear more!

Montauk beach house by Space Exploration (see more on Design Milk)

Montauk beach house by Space Exploration (see more on Design Milk)

Growing up, Kevin was surrounded by supportive, creative family members that fueled his curiosity for all things creative. Kevin talks about his somewhat left-brained approach to architecture, and where he gets his inspiration from—whether it be his experiences in Japan, or from unexpected places.

Plus, we got him to play a super fun game of Fix It! with us, he's such a good sport.

Karasu Restaurant by Space Exploration

Karasu Restaurant by Space Exploration

I try to encourage the other people at Space Exploration and also our clients to look far outside the disciplines of architecture, interior or home design. Some of our best ideas have come from literature, or painting, or film or cooking or automotive design.
Karasu Restaurant by Space Exploration

Karasu Restaurant by Space Exploration

Schoolhouse loft by Space Exploration

Schoolhouse loft by Space Exploration

Brooklyn Apartment by Space Exploration

Brooklyn Apartment by Space Exploration

See more of Kevin's work on spaceexplorationdesign.com and follow Space Exploration on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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Special thanks to Chris Modl of Yore Studio for editing this episode.
Music in this episode courtesy of El Ten Eleven—hear more on Bandcamp.
Shoutout to Jenny Rask for designing the Clever logo.