David Kim

Founding Director • Co-Work Research Lab

Research & Strategic Partnerships


Brought on in 2014 to build RISD Co-Works Research Lab from the ground up, David Kim leads the development of interdisciplinary courses, cross-departmental initiatives, and resources for making research as Director.

Following a career as a cancer and genetics research scientist, David returned to school for Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UCSD and again for the Digital Media MFA program at RISD. He has been the Educational Director of The Periscope Project, Director of Digital Stage Effects for Butterworth Dance Company, and a high school math, science, and English instructor. More recently, David has developed and taught interdisciplinary curricula at institutions including RISD, SVA, UCSD, and Brown University for over a decade. In addition to his role at RISD, David currently serves as a Senior Critic for the Fine Art department of Brandeis University and a biomedical design consultant for the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

As a queer, first-generation, Korean-American artist, scientist, and educator, David is invested in cultivating biological, digital, and social systems as vehicles for catharsis, intersectional discourse, and social justice organizing. A member of Biome Arts, his work and collaborations have been featured in Wired, Smithsonian, Boston Globe, New York Times, Art in America, and the Venice Biennale. Parallel to his practice, he has curated interdisciplinary and social justice aligned exhibitions at RISD, Brown University, Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, and MU Gallery in Eindhoven.


Brynn Trusewicz

Lab Manager • Co-Work Research Lab

Research & Strategic Partnerships


Brynn received their Masters in Industrial Design at RISD, after completing degrees in Sculpture, Mathematics, and Computer Science at SUNY Purchase. They are also a consummate maker, particularly in digital fabrication, textiles, and metalwork.

Through writings, social interactions, and adornment, Brynn's work explores the tensions between identity and appearance, especially as it relates to queer identities and the bodies that carry them. They instruct courses at RISD for various departments in digital fabrication, apparel, digital embroidery, and ornamentation as they relate to intersectional identity dynamics.

At Co-Works Research Lab, Brynn designs teaching resources and leads the training of Grad Instructors and Peer Tutors. When they're not teaching, you can find Brynn in the beyond section of Bed Bath & Beyond, snacking on the samples and chatting with the moms.


Sarah Cunningham

RISD Associate Provost
Research & Strategic Partnerships


Kent Kleinman

RISD Provost


Josephine Devanbu

RISD Research Development & Grants Specialist