Paul  Masterson

Paul Masterson

Shop Master, Design Technology

Paul Masterson is the Shop Master of the University of Kentucky, College of Design Fabrication Lab. He is a graduate of the UK College of Design with a BA in Architecture and also attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, he moved to NYC and joined the design/build firm MADE. While there, he worked in their fabrication studio crafting custom cabinetry, furniture, and architectural elements in constant collaboration with architects and designers.

In 2010, Paul joined the Brooklyn-based furniture studio UHURU. He worked as a fabricator and later as Production Manager of a team of craftsmen to create high-end custom furniture and interiors with a focus on timeless, sustainable design. Notable projects completed during his tenure include the New Museum’s cafe, FjällRäven’s flagship U.S. store, and the addition of the firm’s “Cyclone Lounger” to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Since returning to Lexington, Paul has continued his focus on custom design and fabrication. Out of his workshop he has crafted furniture, millwork, and installations for clients such as 21C Museum Hotels, Land of Tomorrow Gallery, and the UK Art Museum. In the College of Design Fabrication Lab, Paul works with undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of project types, from model-making to full-scale architectural interventions. He oversees and provides training for the use of a wide range of analog and digital technologies including woodworking, metalworking, CNC machining, laser cutting, and thermoforming equipment.

Paul  Masterson