Summit Panelist: Mikyoung Kim
June 11, 2016
Founder and Design Director, Mikyoung Kim Design
Professor Emerita, Rhode Island School of Design
For the last twenty years, Mikyoung has crafted an exceptional body of design work, spanning a wide range of landscape typologies in the United States, East Asia and the Middle East. The firm has a reputation for culturally significant designs that serve as a powerful tool to heal and enliven the public realm. Their innovative design work addresses pressing environmental issues and celebrates the beauty of our collective human experience. Recent work has focused on landscapes that rejuvenate the human experience within the city. Utilizing the latest research in evidence-based design, MYKD has developed a body of work that restores the environment with vibrant and whimsical landscape designs. From healing gardens to urban plazas, their work reflects a deep commitment to memorable placemaking that returns balance to inner well-being, while capturing the public imagination.
Mikyoung’s work has been recognized with numerous awards from the ASLA, the AIA and recently from the Americans for the Arts, The Urban Waterfront Commission, and the General Services Administration. In 2015, Mikyoung was named an AD innovator by Architectural Digest. Her work is part of the “American Voices Collection” at the Smithsonian Institute. Mikyoung has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Dwell, Garden Design, Architectural Record, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Mikyoung was a Professor of Landscape Architecture at RISD from 1994 to 2012, where she served as Department Chair and now currently holds a Professor Emerita position.