2019 Doug Allen Lecture | Mikyoung Kim


About Mikyoung Kim

Mikyoung Kim is an international landscape architect and urban designer and founding principal of Mikyoung Kim Design in Boston, MA. This year, her firm has been awarded the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum National Design Award and the American Society of Landscape Architects National Design Medal.

The design critic Sarah Goldhagen writes, “Mikyoung shows that landscape design and environmental art can be a public amenity, a social condenser, and a sustainable practice…” Goldhagen affirms, her work does so “while simultaneously being a poetic art that captures and … instigates deep imaginative thought about the many ways that every day landscapes can enrich people’s individual experience and social congress.”

With a uniquely holistic approach, her firm’s exceptional body of work has redefined the discipline of landscape architecture, inhabiting the intersection of art and science. From the art of ecology and restorative landscapes, Mikyoung Kim Design’s work addresses the most pressing environmental and health-related issues, while creating innovative and immersive human experiences.

The work of her firm has been highlighted in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Guardian Newspaper, National Geographic, Dwell Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. Mikyoung was named as an AD innovator by Architectural Digest and her firm has received numerous national awards from the ASLA, the American Architecture Prize, the AIA and the GSA. Her life’s work is featured in the Smithsonian Museum American Voices Collection.