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 2013 Venice Design Biennale. The duo jointly received the 2014-15 Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, and are 2017 residents at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Kim and Daniel currently teach for the New School of Architecture and Design while developing partnerships, projects and research throughout the world.

Daniel Phillips is a landscape architect and urban ecologist. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a degree in Environmental Design (2008). He is a regular contributor to The Nature of Cities, and a former Fulbright-Nehru scholar. Daniel is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Michigan's School of Environment and Sustainability. He always laughs at his own jokes.

Kim Karlsrud explores the grey areas between art and design, and the intersection of objects and landscapes. 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 (2007).  She never laughs at Danny’s jokes.