Greg Nemes is a designer, maker, and educator working at the intersection of technology, culture, and experience. His work currently spans the fields of User Interface design, web design and development, furniture design, interior architecture, and interactive installations.
Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Bowling Green State University, receiving second place in the Senior Thesis Architectural Design Competition. He completed his Masters of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary study. While at RISD, Greg was vice president of the Graduate Student Government – building policy, programming events, and sitting on faculty committees. He played a number of other student leadership/entrepreneurship roles, including director of RISD Quickies — a student-taught, student-organized workshop series. In both 2011 and 2012, Greg received the student leadership award for his work with the Office of Student Life. These entrepreneurial engagements combined with rigorous design education provided a platform to develop a sensitive understanding of interdisciplinary design and collaboration.
During his degree work at RISD, Greg took a variety of courses at Brown University, and received a certificate 1 with an emphasis in teaching and learning in art and design from the Sheridan Center. In 2010, He co-taught the interdisciplinary studio ‘Hybrid Art’ in the Visual Arts department at Brown. ‘Computational Space’ – taught by Greg at RISD in 2012, explored the role of computation in art/design, accommodating a diverse group of both undergraduate and graduate students across 12 departments. Along with full-semester courses, Greg finds that short, hands-on workshops are a critical part of the contemporary art and design climate, and has taught over 30 short workshops intended to engage students in new ways of thinking, making, and collaborating.
In spring 2013 and fall of 2013, Greg taught ‘Material Digital’, an advanced elective studio at the Boston Architectural College — a digital fabrication design-build course. The fall 2013 course is generously supported by a faculty development grant to fund large scale installations designed, fabricated and built by the students.
Soon after graduating from RISD, Greg received the St. Botolph Club Emerging Artists Award grant, which has supported the ongoing development of a creative practice at the intersection of the digital and physical.
Greg currently operates his practice as a member of The Design Office, a space for independent designers in Providence RI. Notable clients include: The Smithsonian Institution, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Museum, The Design Office, Strange Attractor Theatre Company, and Danny Forster Design Studio.
At the recent Better World by Design 2013 conference, he was invited as a presenter, to teach a physical computing workshop, which evolved into a partnership with the local electronics business Modern Device.
Greg recently co-founded Work-Shop – a research, design, and digital fabrication studio in Providence, Rhode Island. The new shop is home to a 5’x10’ 3-axis CNC router, and is a catalyst for exploring contemporary making and working – in terms of design, production, and pedagogy. The long term vision(all though still in it’s infancy) is a larger space, with a more diverse range of tools both digital and manual, and a co-op membership model. Work-Shop will offer a series of one-off and recurring workshops over the following year.