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When Simon Kim says the word “architecture,” he doesn’t envisage traditional structures; he sees flexibility and dynamic movement. Kim pushes architecture to evolve. His firm, IK Studio, defines architecture as anything that mediates or changes an environment. Using modular robotics, Kim and his team have crafted a mobile POLYhouse that roams environments, a wearable Cloud Cloak that conceals the wearer’s identity, and a modular architectural display at the MoMA that can morph on a daily basis. Kim’s futuristic TEDxBeaconStreet talk challenges us to see architecture as more than geometry—it can be whatever we engineer it to be, to produce something extraordinary.


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Simon Kim

Simon Kim

Simon is an architect and designer in the partnership of Ibañez Kim. He has graduate degrees from the AA and MIT. He has worked for Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and at SOM London. Work with Bill Mitchell on energy networks and machine architecture led to a Research Associate position at the MIT Design Lab.

Simon is an Associate Professor at PennDesign, and Director of the Immersive Kinematics Research Group. He was visiting faculty at Yale School of Architecture in 2016 and 2013, and in 2012 he was visiting faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has previously taught workshops and courses at the AA and MIT.

Simon holds professional registration as Architect in the states of California and Massachusetts, and the province of Ontario.