Benjamin Saks was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, Saks has worked in varied capacities in film, design, architecture, and business. Saks brings extensive management experience working with large clients in creative industries. Since launching KerfCase, Saks' work has been published in the W.S.J., G.Q., Elle, and TechCrunch. Currently based in Pittsburgh, Saks is a filmmaker, adjunct professor of Architecture at CMU, and artist working with a variety of media. With a passion for precise craft, Saks’ fine art practice explores scale invariance in the natural world. Saks is interested in invisible things: air, time, and gravity.


Founder at KerfCase

Present Pittsburgh, PA

Producer at Clock Shadow

Present Brooklyn, NY

Adjunct Faculty at CMU School of Architecture

2016 – Present Pittsburgh, PA

Artist in Residence at Alpha Lab Gear

2014 – 2015 Pittsburgh, PA

Instructor at Techshop

2013 – 2017 Pittsburgh, PA

Assistant Director at CMU School of Architecture Shop

2011 – 2013 Pittsburgh, PA

Project Designer at Wet Design

2008 – 2009 Los Angeles, CA


Bachelor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon Universtiy

2003 – 2008 Pittsburgh, PA

High School at Shaker Heights High Shool

1999 – 2003 Shaker Heights, OH

General Studies at Cleveland Institute of Art

1999 – 2001 Cleveland, OH


Best New Product: Accent on Design, NYNOW

For the Studio Case

Maker of Merit, Maker Faire Pittsburgh

F1D Exhibit

Create Award, Pittsburgh Tech Council

Nominee for Design + Makers

Peace it Together Award, Center for Victims

Men’s Challenge commercial

Stewart Brown Memorial Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University

Professional Promise for graduating student

Luther S Lashmit Design Award, Carnegie Mellon University

Fourth year design award

The Carnegie Hero Award, The Carnegie Hero Fund Comission

Injured while assisting L.E.O

US F1D Team First Place, Federation Aeronautic International

Second Place Individual Medal


JOHN RIEGERT Digital Prints, Fly Fishing Flies

SPACE Gallery Pittsburgh, PA

Architectural Perspectives Sculpture

Gallery Chiz Pittsburgh, PA

Life After Premiere Film

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Pittsburgh, PA

Hyperlocal Painting

Assemble Gallery Pittsburgh, PA

Transformer Workshops Performance

Watson Festival, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA

Group Show Installation

4701 Gallery (Demolished) Pittsburgh, PA

Examinations in Polarity Digital Prints

The Frame Gallery Pittsburgh, PA


Identified Technology, Switcheroo, Boxzy, ShoeFitr, The Mattress Factory, Salt of the Earth, Rostrum Records, Peoples Indian, The Center for Victims