Kimberly Ackert was born and raised in Southern California and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She spent two years as an intern in France and Switzerland before relocating to New York City to work in the offices of Skidmore, Owings And Merrill and Richard Meier and Partners.
Kimberly lived and worked in Sydney, Australia and won the Monier Design Commission, a national competition to design and construct a futuristic house. In 1996 she was awarded the Mercedes T. Bass Rome Prize in Architecture and spent one year at the American Academy in Rome researching the design of courtyards, before starting the New York based firm of Ackert Architecture.
She is a registered architect in New York State and has taught design studios and natural day lighting courses at Cornell, Yale and Harvard Schools of Architecture and has been a professor at the Parsons School of Constructed Environments Architecture Program in New York City since 2003.
Her work has been published internationally for its fresh approach to environmentally conscious design and attitudes towards materials and natural light.
ROGER ATALAY HARRISON
Roger Atalay Harrison, born 1986 in Toronto, is a Turkish-Canadian architectural designer and artist, living in New York City. His work touches on themes of perception, ecology, community, and natural light. He obtained his BFA in painting and installation sculpture from Emily Carr University in Vancouver (2008), and an MFA in painting and M. Architecture from Parsons School of Design in New York City (2014). Over the years he has worked as a telecomm tower rigger, surveyor, draughtsman, tree planter, singer, musician, teacher, and fashion designer. Atalay is currently serving his architecture apprenticeship at Ackert Architecture, and has exhibited his painting and installation art internationally.