Kevin Bone was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and began his architectural training during high school as a studio assistant to local architect Elizabeth Wright Ingraham. After a semester at the School of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Bone moved to New York City and attended Pratt Institute where he graduated with honors from the B-Arch program in the spring of 1978. The Pratt studies included a year abroad that was spent at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen and summers working at the Wright Ingraham Institute in Colorado. Following graduation and after a stay at the Berlin Summer Academy for Architecture (in 1978) Bone began a five-year apprenticeship as a Studio Assistant to Raimund Abraham. During this time (19781983) Abraham worked on numerous competitions, exhibitions and publications on which Bone assisted.
In 1983 Kevin Bone received his license to practice Architecture in New York State and in the same year was hired by John Hejduk as an instructor at the Cooper Union School of Architecture. He began his teaching in the first-year design program and has continued to teach at the Cooper Union since that time. Bone is currently member of the resident faculty as an Professor. Other teaching experience has included a visiting Assistant Professorship at the School of Architecture at Columbia University, (academic year 19881989) and as Guest Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, Germany (academic year 19891990). During 1994 and 1995 Bone (working with associate Guido Zuliani) was a founder and Studio Director for the First and Second International Summer Workshops for Architecture at the Zenobio Institute in Venice, Italy. Visiting critics to the International Summer Workshops included R. Abraham, E. Moralles, R. Scofidio.
As part of the building technology curriculum that Bone has developed at Cooper Union the classes have done numerous exercises involving the study of the building culture of public works, bridges, tunnels and other examples of civil engineering and infrastructure work from the New York City environment. These studies resulted in the New York Waterfront Survey, a five year research program dedicated the New York ports and harbor and the historic and contemporary architecture of the waterfronts. Students, working with professor Bone and the Municipal Archives developed a program to review, catalog and study the records of the former Department Docks of New York City. A major exhibition of the waterfront based upon this research work was held at Cooper Union in the winter of 1994. Bone was Editor and contributing author to The New York Waterfront, Evolution and Building Culture of the Port and Harbor published by The Monacelli Press in 1997.
A second major research effort began in the summer of 1995, has run continuously, and is focused on the the infrastructure of the New York water supply systems. Bone has directed the seven-year program (working with the City of New York) to catalog and study the archival holdings of those agencies that designed and built the water supply systems. A Major exhibition was held in 2001 at Cooper Union galleries. The Princeton Architectural Press has agreed to publish the project. The book on the history of the water supply system and its architecture is expected to be complete in 2004.
Throughout the past twenty years, Bone has maintained a studio for independent architectural investigations. Studio work has included participation in numerous competitions and exhibitions. A partial list of works includes the Ideas for the East River, Transfiguration Environmental Works - 1999, Floating islands, for the 1999 Venice Biennale - the 1999 Towers of Nagoya, Judges Special Prize, 1994 , Welsh National Opera Competition - 1994, Spreebogen International Competition, Berlin - 1992, Stadts Galleria and Urban Plan, Stuttgart - 1989, Clemson Performing Arts Center - 1989, Library for Alexandria, Egypt - 1989, Hollywood Civic Center - 1987, Venice Biennale, Project for the Academia Bridge - 1985. In 1986 Bone, working with associate Guido Zuliani, was chosen as finalist in the Competition for the re-design of Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. Bone was author and juror for 1995 Paris Prize for Architecture sponsored by the National Institute for Architectural Education.
Since 1983 Bone has been a partner and principal in Bone/Levine Architects. The practice won AIA design awards in three consecutive years (2001, 2000, 1999) for residential work. Bone/Levine Architects is currently working to complete the Manhattan Sky Villa, a three-storey private residential addition atop an existing historic NYC building. The practice is also extensively involved in architectural preservation, technical consulting and general building renovation. Since 1988 they have worked on approximately fifty significant New York City structures. Among the projects recently completed are the exterior renovation of the Whitehall Building, the Powell Building, the Singer Building, the Greybar Building and the Ford Building. Bone/Levine Architects has just completed the reconstruction of the historic Manhasset, a 140-unit, grand upper-Broadway apartment house that is designated individual NYC Landmark. The 12-storey, block-long structure was 50% destroyed by a devastating fire in the spring of 1999. Current includes a private residential project in Mexico and development of experimental eco-dwellings and land use planning for a nature conservancy in western Colorado.