UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Dongsei Kim, an award-winning architect, urbanist and educator, will kick off the Stuckeman School’s 2019-20 Lecture and Exhibit Series on Sept. 25 with a talk on mapping and design projects that use the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as a proving ground to rethink the commonly exclusionary nation-state border spaces as inclusionary spaces. The lecture, which is hosted by the Department of Architecture, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space.
Based in New York, Kim is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology and the founder of axu studio. Both his research and practice examine architecture and urbanism’s relationship to nation-state borders across multiple scales.
Kim’s research on the Korean DMZ has been recognized through notable international publications and exhibitions such as the Golden Lion Award-winning “Crow’s Eye View” exhibition at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale; “Real DMZ Project” in Seoul, Korea; “Over the Boundary” in Brisbane, Australia; and “(im)positions” at the Melbourne School of Design in Melbourne, Australia.
He was named the Sherman Family Emerging Scholar by the Korea Society in New York City in 2018 and was awarded the Gapado Artist in Residency in 2019.
Kim’s writings have been published in journals such as Toops, Volume, Inflection, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, Kerb, The Site Magazine, and in books such as The North Korean Atlas, Critical Landscapes, Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula and Chandigarh Rethink. His work has also been cited in such publications as Domus, The New York Times and Dwell Magazine.
Kim holds a master of design studies with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master of science in architecture and urban design from Columbia University and a professional bachelor of architecture from Victoria University of Wellington.