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Sung Ho Kim



Sung Ho Kim studied drawing and sculpture as a teenager at the Art Students League of New York and Harvard Graduate School of Design Career Discovery Program. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and an AA Diploma from Architectural Association of London, UK, with Royal Institute of British Architects Part I and II. He also earned his Master in Science in Architecture Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a project designer for Nasrine Seraji in Paris, France, and Wellington Reiter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served as a principal researcher for the Interrogative Design Group at Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT.

Sung Ho taught at Rhode Island School of Design and was an assistant professor at Northeastern University. He was a visiting professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and at Konkuk University and Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Currently, he is a tenured full professor of architecture, engaged in research with biology and computer science, at Washington University in St. Louis, and received the 2018 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. He was a founding director of Axi:Ome llc of Providence, RI, in 2001 and has been co-director of Axi:Ome llc of St. Louis with Heather Woofter since 2003.

Sung Ho’s primary research is design practice, developing various commissions globally with international competitions. He is focused on teaching experimental design that bridges technology, science, and ecological investigations.


Work by Sung Ho Kim

Conceptual rendering of four tall, skinny towers in silver and wood, with pleating and open stepped variation in each.

Silver Tower , 2020

Site: Chicago, IL, United States
Status: Conceptual Design
Program: Residential/Commercial
Client: Novack Construction and Development
Conceptual rendering of a tower against the sky; the tower features multiple stair-like elements as well as pleats.

Silver Tower, 2020

Site: Chicago, IL, United States
Status: Conceptual Design
Program: Residential/Commercial
Client: Novack Construction and Development
Conceptual rendering, with a model of two twisting towers prominent at the bottom of the image, with six smaller renderings of different angles of the project above it, along with plan drawings.

Terra Garden Towers, 2010

Site: Bangkok, Thailand
Status: Conceptual Design
Program: Residential/Health Care
Client: Terra Garden Corporation
Conceptual models of two pairs of towers, each with tiered surfaces of white and interconnections between the towers one-third of the way up.

Terra Garden Towers, 2010

Site: Bangkok, Thailand
Status: Conceptual Design
Program: Residential/Health Care
Client: Terra Garden Corporation
Conceptual model of a tall gray tower with openings/pleating and a slightly undulating exterior, set against a blue sky.

Orchid Tower, 2005

Site: Taichung, Taiwan
Status: Conceptual Design
Program: Cultural
Client: City of Taichung
Conceptual model of a tower, lit up at the bottom in blue, against a black background.

Carbon Tower, 2006

Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Status: Conceptual Design
Program: Cultural
Client: Government of Dubai
Conceptual model of a cylindrical, 27-story high-rise tower, with blue lighting from the bottom, against a black background.

Admotiv Headquarters Tower, 2002

Site: Bangkok, Thailand
Status: Conceptual Design
Program: : Residential/Commercial
Client: Admotiv Corporation