Simbiotek Design Lab

Merging Design + Fabrication


We are decidedly unspecialized and enjoy pushing the conceptions of what is possible in the marketplace on projects ranging from products to interactive installations to building design for extreme environments. We offer a one-stop for design and fabrication that is unique to others in our market, allowing you to complete your project with less hassle and ensure the end product is exactly what you aimed to achieve. 

Simbiotek Design Lab, Inc. was co-founded in 2012 by two designers who met while studying architecture and environmental design at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. After designing and making several successful pieces of furniture, Hayley and Hunter realized their passion for industrial design by starting their own practice to focus on bringing design and fabrication together in one place. With the knowledge and experience gained in the field of architecture and engineering and a passion for making, Hayley and Hunter design and produce their own designs as well as provide services in parametric 3D modeling, advanced fabrication coordination and effective project management that leads to successful project outcomes. 


Our name, Simbiotek, is based on the idea of symbiotic relationships in nature, where two entities work together towards a common goal. Simulate . Life . Technology - Sim Bio Tek

Meet the Founders


Hayley Ruthrauff

Hayley is a LEED Certified Green Associate (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and holds a degree in architecture and environmental design from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She works across multiple facets of design, holding an interest in architecture, products, furniture and cultural anthropology. Hayley pursues on-going research in cultural influence as it relates to the scale of cities, built environments and human interaction.

Hunter Ruthrauff

Hunter has two passions in life: architecture and wildlife. Fittingly his focus in design draws inspiration from biology. Hunter holds both a Master of Science in Architecture and Design Computation from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He focuses on emerging fabrication technologies in architecture and product design.

Hunter is a regular contributor to Biomimetic Architecture.


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