Kate is a designer building new worlds.

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Kate Machtiger is the founder of Extra Terrestrial Studio, where she designs and builds “deep space” — surreal places that build connection through exploration and play.


Kate brings strategic vision to complex projects and harnesses her multi-disciplinary design and business background to translate concepts into reality.

She was formerly Design Director at Assignment Studios, where she helped clients bring their brand visions to life in the form of retail spaces, pop ups, and events.


In 2016, Kate was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 for her role in developing emerging technology programs with the federal government.


Previously, Kate served as a creative consultant on numerous large-scale real estate and hospitality ventures, and as an innovation consultant for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and large nonprofits. She began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.


Kate holds a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Said Business School at the University of Oxford.


5 realistic ideas for future-proof innovation
Luminary Labs (2018)

The evolution of 'smart cities', Luminary Labs (2018)

In Pursuit of RealityLuminary Labs (2017)

Hacking Tony Hawk: Experiment 1
Medium (2016)

Hidden Histories – Exploration in Four Dimensions
OpenIDEO AARP Challenge Winner (2014)

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