Mikyoung Kim, an award winning international landscape architect and founding principal of Mikyoung Kim Design (MYKD), is the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School during the Autumn 2018 semester. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as a powerful tool to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience. Kim’s innovative design approach emphasizes an interdisciplinary research and design process in projects that range from regional scale urban waterfronts to sculptural installations.
While at the Knowlton School, Kim will teach in the Glimcher Seminar in the school’s Landscape Architecture Section. Throughout the semester, Kim will work with landscape architecture students and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Katherine Jenkins on the development of a school-hosted project. As part of the Baumer Lecture Series, Mikyoung Kim will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26. The talk is free and open to the public.
Mikyoung is this year’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum National Design Awardee and the 2018 American Society of Landscape Architects National Design Medal winner. She was named as an AD Innovator by Architectural Digest and has been awarded with design excellence honors from American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, the General Services Administration and the International Federation of Landscape Architects. She is a fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects and her work is part of the Smithsonian Museum’s “American Voices” Collection.
The work of MYKD has been highlighted in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Record, Dwell, Surface, Garden Design and the Chicago Tribune. Current projects include the Tanja Waterfront in Tangiers, Morocco, 515 West 18th Street Complex in New York, the Prudential Plaza and Roof Garden in Boston, the Chicago Botanic Garden Learning Center and the Boston Children’s Hospital Green Masterplan and Garden Design.
Kim is an alumna of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Jacob Weidenman Prize and the Norman T. Newton Award. Trained as a pianist at Oberlin College and Conservatory, she infuses performative and interactive experiences into the work of her firm. For nearly two decades she was a tenured Professor in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and as department head received the RISD Dean’s Leadership Award.
For more than a decade, the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professorship is held each year by an internationally acclaimed practitioner in the field of landscape architecture. Previous Glimcher Professors have included Adriaan Geuze, Tom Leader, Peter Walker, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Michel Desvigne, Jennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol, João Nunes, and our most recent visitor, Walter Hood.