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Shake Shack

Shake Shack

Fitler Nine

Fitler Nine

Bud’s Studio

Bud’s Studio

Bryn and Dane’s: Bryn Mawr

Bryn and Dane’s: Bryn Mawr

Bryn and Dane’s: Malvern

Bryn and Dane’s: Malvern

Rambler Picnic Table

Rambler Picnic Table



Copples Mid Century

Copples Mid Century



Urban Outfitters HQ

Urban Outfitters HQ

Studio Profile

SHIFTSPACE is a Philadelphia-based design studio focused on the interplay of architecture and industrial design. Led by Mario Gentile and Tim Barnes, the multidisciplinary team engages with brands, institutions, and cities to complete projects at varying scales. Their work ranges from large scale urban interventions and creative placemaking to architecture and furniture. The studio has been blending architectural space, public art, and landscapes together with places and products since 2009.

Services: Architecture, Placemaking and Activation, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Industrial Design, Experience Concepts



Brandywine Realty Trust

Bryn + Dane’s

City of Philadelphia


Dallin Financial

Drexel University


Grow NYC


Ligne Roset


Museum of the American Revolution

National Parks Service

Philadelphia Water Department

Shake Shack

TD Bank

Temple University


The Barnes Foundation

The City College of New York

The Goldenberg Group

University City District

Urban Outfitters

Union Square Hospitality Group


As a process-driven studio, all projects, independent of scale and type, are guided by a formal process that allows for effective exploration, conceptualization, and management

1 : Discovery

The client and design team agree on desired project outcomes and the team conducts necessary research related to the brief. The design team then reports findings to ensure the objectives are in line.

2 : Concept

The studio produces initial concepts based on the research findings. This lateral-thinking exercise allows for a range of ideas to be explored. Through extensive experimentation unexpected and innovative ideas are unearthed during this phase.

3 : Design

The studio and client agree on a concept to pursue. The development of that concept involves a deeper exploration into materiality, potential challenges, fabrication, and detailing. At this stage the design team begins engaging fabricators, vendors, or contractors for the project.

4 : Production

During this phase the design team provides management for the selected fabricators, vendors, or contractors. A deep technical knowledge of construction and fabrication processes allows the studio a great amount of control to ensure positive results.

5 : Launch

The design team provides the oversight necessary to ensure that deadlines are met and the final product is representative of initial desired results.


Mario Gentile

founder / ceo

As founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based SHIFTSPACE Design, Mario guides the strategic direction of the studio’s work for the design of environments, experiences and lifestyle products (under the SHIFT brand). The work and research have a modern aesthetic with a focus on mass-customization, prefabrication, and sustainable design. He is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of New York, and is accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). An honors graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and he has received his Masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

Before founding SHIFTSPACE, he worked with KieranTimberlake, Peter Marino Associates and JXN Studio in Philadelphia and for George Ranalli Architect and Resolution 4: Architecture in New York. Mario has been involved with award winning and published residential, commercial and institutional building projects in both national and international locations.

Mario has served as an Adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania and Temple University with studio work focused on urban interventions, product design and craft. He has served as guest juror and lecturer at design schools throughout the country. He has served on the Facilities and Horticultural Committees for Philadelphia’s Historic Bartram’s Garden and currently sits on its Board of Directors.

Tim Barnes

creative director

Tim oversees both the creative direction and technical design of the studio’s work. While at SHIFTSPACE he has: overseen the design of major placemaking and urban improvement projects at 30th Street Station, Urban Outfitters HQ, the National Parks Service; designed, coordinated fabrication, and provided visual direction for the SHIFT brand; and provided architectural design for various private residences. Selected works include: a mass-produced modular parklet system; a fold-up green roof tile product; a temporary structure for GrowNYC / TDBank in Union Square, NYC; a national standard planter for Shake Shack; and concepts for Ligne Roset. Tim was also an integral participant in Bloomberg Philanthropies FastFWD Accelerator. Tim holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

Prior to working at SHIFTSPACE, Tim worked at various Philadelphia-based architecture firms, honing his technical, spatial, and representational skills. Tim’s architectural background informs his work at SHIFTSPACE, providing the technical foundation to work at scales large and small.

Tim has a passion for using design to re-imagine stagnant urban elements. Tim’s proficiency across the mediums of architecture, industrial design, and the visual arts allows him bring immediate and lasting solutions to the urban environment. Tim strives for design that: promotes civic engagement; provides a positive ecological impact; and is honest in form, function, and material.

Connor White


Connor graduated from Drexel University in 2015 with BoS in Product Design with minors in Entrepreneurship Fine Arts, and Interdisciplinary Smart Initiatives. Around the office, Connor assists in the creation of project assets, development of sustainable business strategies, and technical development.

William May


William May is a founding member of Los Angeles design house Bend Goods, and current Brand Director at Philadelphia-based furniture manufacturer Shift. His work with Bend Goods and Shift have been featured by Design Milk, Dwell, Architects Newspaper, Gear Patrol, Gizmodo, Sunset Magazine, and Remodelista, among others. William is a triplet, and a BFA graduate of CalArts in California.

Zhefeng Liu


Zhefeng Liu is a graduate from the Product Design program at Drexel University. She works with Shiftspace in product development, manufacturing, packaging, and creating graphic components. Her roles vary from digital and physical modeling for rapid prototyping, project managing, and communicating with fabricators.


Our office is located in Brewerytown, Philadelphia. We’re proud to work alongside these companies:


Atelier Art Storage

Live Breathe Futbol

Kole Made


There are no current positions available, however, we are always looking for talented and motivated people to join our team. To inquire, please send a portfolio and relevant work experience to

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