Justin Mast

Business Strategy & Design Consulting

Detroit, MI, USA
Justin is an entrepreneur and a designer planted in the world of architecture and development. His work focuses on finding ways to draw the two together: architecture that unleashes new forms of business, and business models that change the way architecture is practiced.

With a family in the greenhouse business, Justin began his career as an entrepreneur launching two companies in the horticulture industry—Bloomscape, Inc. and uBloom.com. He then co-launched Teamwork Design as a business partner. Justin went on to earn an M.Arch. with distinction from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Professionally, Justin has worked for C Concept Design, a boutique concept design firm in the Netherlands, and for SmithGroupJJR, a Detroit-based architecture firm. He also co-founded Practice Space, a platform for gathering and energizing the rebuilders of Detroit. Focused on emerging opportunities for the alliance of architecture and entrepreneurship, his design work found a natural home in Detroit.

Trained as an architect, Justin gets the most energy creating a system for people to do their thing. Sometimes that’s a building, other times it’s a website or business model. It’s about creating an infrastructure that allows people to make a living practicing their craft. It’s part design, part development.

Work Experience

JMDD

Business Strategy & Design Consulting

May 2012 - Present Detroit, Michigan, United States

M1/DTW

Managing Director

November 2014 - May 2017 Detroit, Michigan, United States

Practice·Space

Program Director

March 2013 - Present Detroit, Michigan, United States

SmithGroupJJR

Architect I

July 2012 - Detroit, Michigan, United States

Teamwork Design Inc

Business Manager, Designer & Owner

Teamwork Design uses smart design to turn waste into something valuable. Specifically, we’re collecting used sails to make a line of bags and accessories. Teamwork brought me on as a partner to build their business, develop teamworkbags.com, and co-design products.
January 2007 - November 2010 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

UBloom LLC.

Business Development Director

uBloom.com is a social network and online video channel for flower designers. I was hired by uBloom’s parent company to lead uBloom through a transition period and capitalize on uBloom’s potential. Specifically, I managed website development, media/content creation, advertisement, sales, marketing campaigns, the few employees, and company financials while laying out the company goals and direction. During my time, uBloom’s advertising revenue increased 75% while the number of website members increased 900%.
October 2007 - August 2008 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Bloomscape INC.

Founder/President

Developed technology to ship fully grown plants through FedEx. Leveraged technology by selling plants online di- rect to consumers and shipping from partner greenhouse. Developed 50+ unique products. Co-created an award winning brand, website, and e-commerce system. Featured on Fox News Chicago and in Daily Candy. Managed marketing, production and fulfillment, financials, employees, and dozens of outside business relationships.
May 2006 - October 2007 Grand Rapids, United States

Glass Corner Greenhouse

New Initiatives & Project Manager

Renovated and managed company website, reengineered labor tracking system, managed energy use, investigated alternative energy options, and co-managed Lowe’s sales account.
August 2005 - April 2006 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Fischer USA

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Managed renovation of company website, catalog project, print ads, company events, and customer data. Planned a 45 person trip to company farms in China. Fischer is a global plant & flower genetics company.
June 2004 - June 2005 Boulder, Colorado, United States

Education

Taubman College Of Architecture And Urban Planning At The University Of Michigan

Master of Architecture

- Graduated cum laude, with honors
- Schafer Scholar
- Taubman Scholar
- AIA Honorable Mention for Distinguished Work 2012
- Graduate Student Instructor for Structures I & II
July 2009 - April 2012 Michigan, United States

Hope College

B.A. Business Management

Focus on Finance, Marketing, Operations, and Human Resources at Hope College. Focus on International Business and Multicultural Management at Regents School of Business/IES London, England (2002).
September 2000 - April 2004 Holland, Michigan, United States

Languages

Spanish (Beginner),
Dutch (Beginner),

Awards

AIA

Honorable Mention

2012

Skills

7-Axis Robot, CSS, IMovie, Rhino Scripting, Adobe Suite, Autocad, Campaign Monitor, CNC Routing, Dreamweaver, Ecotect, Energy Plus, Fluent, Google Adwords, Google Analytics, Google Sketchup, HTML, Illustrator, Indesign, Iwork, Laser Cutter, Model Making, MS Office , Photoshop, Pinnacle Studio, Plotting, Processing, Quickbooks, RepRap 3D Printing, Revit, Rhino, Rhino Scripting , V-Ray Rendering, Water Jet Cutting, Welding, Wood Steam Bending, WordPress,

Additional Leadership Roles and Experiences:

Guest Expert & Speaker, Univ. Mich. Creative Incubators Seminar (2016), Speaker/Panelist: Creative Class Group (2015), Guest Design Critic, Univ. Mich. Design Entrepreneurship Seminar (2015), Speaker & Guest Critic, College for Creative Studies (2015), Speaker, Ann Arbor Spark (2014), Speaker, DesignLAB Detroit (2014), Speaker & Guest Critic, Illinois Institute of Technology (2014), Speaker & Guest Critic, EMU Entrepreneurship Seminar (2013), Studio Gang Intern (2011). Perkins Eastman Intern (2010). Roving Critic for Project H Design (2008-present). Member of Green Grand Rapids city planning group (2008). Speaker at Grand Valley State’s CEO Club (2006-2007) and Yale/Hope College Opportunity Group (2010). Youth group volunteer leader (2004-2008). Head counselor of 8 staff and 60 campers at Culver Summer Camps (2005). Fraternity President (2003).