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Brooks Atwood


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“where ‘Cool Hand Luke’ meets Mick Jagger”

–Brooks Atwood

Brooks Atwood Design ™ is an award winning, creative, high-energy, responsive design firm that develops innovative ideas through Architecture, Interiors and Product Design.  With expertise in hospitality and high end residential sectors, our creative solutions generate intelligent and trend-setting designs.

At Brooks Atwood Design, a full range of design services are offered to enhance experience, stimulate social interaction, and add value. Our goal is to exceed your design expectations while maintaining your project’s scheduling and budgetary constraints. This is accomplished by confident decision making, strong understanding of building technology, innovative materials, and state of the art fabrication techniques.

We believe it’s worthy work to envision, believe in, and fight for greatness.



Brooks Atwood actively bridges design, leadership, innovation and technology. His work as a designer, architect and educator earned him the distinction of being named one of the “world’s innovative creators” by Eyes In Magazine and one of six “Emerging US Designers” by the Museum of Arts & Design.  Brooks is also an alumni of the prestigious TED organization where he gave a talk entitled “Collaborative Opportunities are Everywhere.”

As a professor at Parsons, The New School for Design & the College of Architecture & Design at NJIT, Atwood led collaborative teams that brought together technologies, designers, and business leaders into a common space of possibility. Atwood’s early collaborative work – bridging advanced computation with tradition visual art – is represented in the permanent collection at the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea as well as additional exhibits in Korea, Germany, England and New York City.

Atwood’s work as a designer listed him as “Brooklyn’s 20”, people who are making an impact on the city’s artistic and cultural landscape and Brooklyn Magazine considered him “One of the Most Important Names In Brooklyn Design.”

Brooks’s passion for design is only topped by the height of his hair. His current focus is on imagining how design, architecture and technology can disrupt the idea of sustainablity. Brooks is currently hosting a TV show on Fyi, called “Trashformers” about upcycling and has appeared on The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda, BetterTV, DIY, Showtime, King5 NewDay, and was a finalist on season 8 of HGTV’s Design Star.

Brooks has gained media attention from publications such as The New York Times, Brooklyn Magazine, Esquire and many more. Atwood has also given numerous lectures, most notably, at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image in Melbourne, the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane and CreativeMornings in NYC. Brooks’s work has also been featured during NYCxDesign, ICFF and WantedDesign in New York City.


Co-Founder, Berries Design
Judge on “Shop Class“, Disney+
Design Director, OfficeUntitled
Founder, Brooks Atwood Design
Co-Founder, POD Design
Chief Design Officer, Nucleus.Vision (tech start-up in Silicon Valley)
TV Host of “Trashformers” on FYI,
Adjunct Professor of Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Co-founder & Co-creator, SWELL live music experience

Brooks Taliaferro Atwood, IIDA, ASID, IDSA
Columbia University / Masters of Science in Advanced Architectural Design / 2003
Illinois Institute of Technology / Bachelors of Architecture / 1999 – Valedictorian


Cultural Space of the Year* (long listed) – Frame Awards 2020
Creative Spark Award* – 2019 Top World Hotel News
World’s Greatest Places of 2019* – TIME Magazine
Most Innovative Hotel* – 2019 Indie Awards Independent Lodging Congress
Best Guestroom Upper Mid-scale Finalist* – 2019 Gold Key Awards
Luxury, Upscale, and Lifestyle Guestrooms Finalist* – 2019 Hospitality Design Awards
2019 Interior Design Competition Finalists* – 2019 Interior Design Competition
Top 15 Hotels in the USA* – Fodors Travel
Historic Preservation Excellence Restore Oregon Winner* – 2019 DeMuro Awards
TED speaker “Collaborative Opportunities are Everywhere” / 2016
“One of the Most Important Names in Brooklyn Design” / Brooklyn Magazine / 2015
“First Things First” / / 2014
Finalist for Ceramiche Refin spa “Create Your Tile” design competition (top 10 shortlisted) / 2014
“Emerging US Design Practice” / Museum of Arts & Design with WantedDesign / 2013
“World’s Creative Innovators” / Eyes In Magazine / 2013
HGTV Design Star finalist and runner-up / 2013
“The Brooklyn 20” list / Brooklyn Magazine / 2013
Portable Talks / keynote lectures on design in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane / 2013
IDEA Award / finalist, Sylki chair / 2013
Metropolis Magazine / Silverair / 2013
Yanko Design ranked Silverair #2 Most Creative Cutlery / 2009
Shortlist Beyond Silver Design Competition by Designboom / 2008
Permanent Collection, “Objectified2 (Landscape)”, Samsung Museum of Art (with M. Joo) / 2007
Grand Prize, 6th Gwangju Biennale, “Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space-Baby)” (with M.Joo) / 2006
Kinne Fellowship, Columbia University / 2003
Valedictorian, Illinois Institute of Technology / 1999
American Institute of Architects Certificate of Merit / 1997


SELECTED COLLECTIONS (collaborations with Michael Joo)
Samsung Museum of Art Permanent Collection / Seoul, South Korea / 2006
6th Gwangju Biennale Grand Prize / Gwangju, South Korea / 2006


EXHIBITIONS for NYCxDesign, New York, NY / 2014
Salone del Mobile, Fuorisalone at Ceramiche Refin, Milan, Italy / 2014
WantedDesign, New York, NY / 2013
Men In Cities, New York, NY / 2013
Esquire’s Ultimate Bachelor Pad, Brooklyn, NY / 2012
Rouge 58, Brooklyn, NY / 2011
WantedDesign, New York, NY / 2011
239 Collective, Newark, NJ / 2010
Showtime SHO House, New York, NY / 2010
Newark Art Museum, Newark, NJ / 2009
The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England / 2009
Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY / 2009
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany /2008
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany / 2007
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Rodin Gallery, Seoul Korea / 2006
6th Annual Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea / 2006
Buell Hall, New York, NY / 2003
White Space, Chicago, IL / 2002


Speaker / Independent Lodging Congress / 2020
TED speaker / TEDxBushwick / 2016
Moderator, Panel Discussion on Upcycling for Pivot TV’s “Human Resources” at The Maker Faire / 2015
Host/MC and Judge, Fifth Annual Creative Climate Awards by Human Impacts Institute / 2015
Unilever NYC / 2015
Parsons, The New School, SCE, / 2014
AIA & ALNNJ Emerging Professionals Showcase keynote / 2013
Portable Talks, keynote Australian Centre of the Moving Image, Melbourne / 2013
Portable Talks, keynote State Library of Queensland, Edge Auditorium, Brisbane / 2013
Portable Talks, keynote Museum of Contemporary Art (part of Vivid Festival), Sydney / 2013
Museum of Arts & Design, US Emerging Design Practices / 2013
Creative Mornings / 2013
AIAS NE Quad Conference / 2013
IDSA International Conference / 2012
Dwell, Architizer & Cool Hunting panel / 2012
New Jersey Institute of Technology / 2011
New Jersey Institute of Technology / 2010
Newark Art Museum / 2009
Haus der Kulturen der Welt / 2008


Disney+ (Disney Plus) series Shop Class, judge, complete season (8 episodes) / 2020
TV Host (TV Series) of Trashformers on FYI / 2015
• Episode 01 “Fight or Flight”
• Episode 02 “The Bus Stops Here!”
• Episode 03 “Ferris Wheel of Fortune”
FOX Inside Edition / Expert Architect / 2014
NBC The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda / Featured Guest, 5 minute segment / 2013
Hallmark / BetterTV / Featured Guest, 4 minute segment / 2013
CBS The Talk / Featured Guest, 2 minute segment / 2013
HGTV Star / Season 8 / 2013
• Episode 01 “A Brand New Season”
• Episode 02 “Lofty Ideas”
• Episode 03 “One Client, Four Apartments”
• Episode 04 “Real People, Real Kitchens”
• Episode 05 “Sorority vs. Fraternity”
• Episode 06 “School Bus Makeover”
• Episode 07 “Palm Springs Finale” / Finalist and Runner-up
NBC King5 New Day / Featured Guest, 10 minute segment / 2013
NBC King5 New Day / Special Guest for Fitness Segment, 4 minutes / 2013
DIY Network / Featured Designer, “Esquire’s Ultimate Bachelor Pad”, 1 hour / 2011
Sixpoint Brewery / Commercial “Berserker Bock” / 2011
Showtime Network / Featured Designer, “Showtime’s SHO House”, 1 hour 2010

*while employed as a Design Director at OfficeUntitled