Coming together through a shared sense of creative urgency, Kim and Danny founded Commonstudio in 2008 and have embraced the friction of collaboration ever since.

Their work has been recognized by Core77, Fast Company, The Buckminster Fuller Institute, and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Venice Design Biennale.  The duo jointly received the 2014-15 Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture. Kim and Daniel currently teach for the New School of Architecture and Design while developing partnerships, projects and research throughout the world.

Daniel Phillips has worked in the realms of architecture, landscape, and urban design. His interest in the contemporary issues of the human habitat, including urban ecology and public space have provided a lens for many of Commonstudio’s self-initiated projects.  He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a degree in Environmental Design. He is a founding member of Commongood, a social design think tank in Los Angeles, and most recently the recipient of a 2016-2017 Fulbright-Nehru design research fellowship.  Danny has an eye for detail and a knack for making unexpected connections.  He always laughs at his own jokes.

Kim Karlsrud has extensive experience managing relationships and projects with a variety of private clients and non-profit partners. Before co-founding Commonstudio, Kim established the Los Angeles chapter of Project H Design, a global social design non-profit.  She holds a degree in Product Design from Otis College, and also studied at Ravensbourne College of Design in London. Her passion for social impact and interaction, her strategic multi-track mind, and perennial curiosity are at the heart of our approach and response to complex human-centered challenges.  She never laughs at Danny’s jokes.