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Tim Allen

Leaders Council Member; VP of Design, Airbnb


As the VP of Design at Airbnb, Tim uses design to help bring people together and power Airbnb’s continued evolution. Tim’s focus for his world-class staff is on creating human-centered, compelling experiences that influence behaviors and add value to people’s lives. As an additional outlet for his passion around design thinking, Tim instructs at schools around the country.

Tim’s work has been recognized with several of the industry’s most esteemed awards, including multiple Cannes Cyber Lions, D&AD, ANDY, Webby and OneShow awards. Named in the Creativity 50, Creativity magazine’s 2013 list of the year’s most inspiring and influential creative figures, he also played a key role on the award-winning R/GA team who created Nike+, the platform named Campaign of the Decade by AdWeek magazine, Nike’s first ever iOS App, Nike Training Club, and Tim has also been named One Club | ADCOLOR Creative of the year, a tribute honoring and celebrating diversity in design and marketing.

Previously, Tim has been a Partner at Microsoft and led Amazon’s Product Design Studio as Executive Creative Director leading the experience design for Echo, FireTV, and Kindle products. He also led R/GA’s 100+ UX designers as a Global SVP/ECD. Earlier at Adobe, Tim directed design and strategy for products across Creative Suite & Acrobat. Through innovative work with Adobe, Red Hat, and IBM, Tim holds seven patents related to software design, ranging from chat interface modeling to mobile device synchronization.