Year Joined: 2019
Membership: Regular

Cities: New York City & Miami
Country: United States


Robert Kirkpatrick founded Lava Studio in 1999 after years as a creative director and VFX artist in New York and Miami. Lava is a design-driven studio creating animation, VFX and live production for features, networks, and brands of all kinds. Robert studied painting and film at New York’s Pratt Institute and became a pioneer in the world of computer graphics, animation and VFX. He’s a two-time Emmy winner and eight-time nominee for Art Direction and Graphic Design. Robert competed on Jeopardy against all-time champion Ken Jennings (and was soundly defeated!). He splits his time between Miami Beach, New York City, and rural New England, still painting when his CEO duties allow. Robert has been an IQ member since the Dublin conference in 2019, and he enjoys his many collaborations with fellow IQ members.

Awards / Honors

2 Emmy Awards for The Super Bowl Today on CBS and The Miami Heat Open.
6 additional Emmy nominations for Nickelodeon, Telemundo, and MLB Network.
24 Promax Awards for Art Direction and Graphic Design for MLB Network, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery and others.
21 Addy Awards for Animation, Visual Effects, Production, and Interactive Content for
Verizon, Mercedes-Benz, Kraft, Budweiser and others.

Clients / Networks

Disney, Fox, HBO, Netflix, CBS, Blumhouse Films, Ritz-Carlton, Columbia Sportswear, Discovery Networks, MLB Network, NHL Network, Food Network, TV-3, Burger King, WhatsApp, Volkswagen, Toyota, Verizon, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Truist, Georgia Power, Chase, Norwegian Cruise Line, Tribe Films, Get-Kinetic, Media Central.

Production Specialties

Broadcast design and branding, animation, visual effects, film titles, motion graphics, production, post-production, and theatrical, environmental and experiential design.
Original content for kids, sports, and entertainment blending live production and animation.


Company: Lava Studio
Business Phone: New York +1 646-616-0406, Miami +1 305-860-9909
Business Email: [email protected]
Business Address: 4501 N Jefferson Ave, Miami Beach, Fl 33140 USA
City: Miami and New York City, US

Company Overview

Lava is a full-service creative studio, blending live production, animation and VFX with an emphasis on original design. We take projects from concept through completion for films, networks, agencies, and brands. Lava’s tight-knit creative team thrives on projects that require unique solutions. Our portfolio includes main titles and VFX for features and series, production and graphic design for sports and children’s programming, and all kinds of animation and FX for advertising, documentaries, corporate videos, social media and entertainment.