John Hong

John Hong is Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture. He teaches in the core studio sequence as well as other options studio courses.

John Hong received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.Sc. in Architecture with Honors from the University of Virginia.  He is a principal at SsD, is an architecture firm that approaches design as a convergent, interdisciplinary venture.  The work of SsD attempts to bridge the utopian and the pragmatic.  Instead of separating aspects of architecture, urbanism, landscape, history, social systems, and codes into their constituent disciplines, these agendas are simultaneously explored so that each discipline symbiotically gains from the other.  In this way sustainability emerges as an integrated rather than additive result.

Along with being published in major media such as Metropolis Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Architectural Record, The New Yorker, and PBS, SsD has received many prestigious design awards including nine AIA awards, the AIA Young Architects Award, the Young Architects Forum Award by the Architectural League of NY, an Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction Award, and the Metropolis Next Generation Prize. They have lectured and exhibited at many universities and conferences including venues at the Harvard GSD, Ohio State University, and Seoul National University, as well as at several national design conferences.

Award winning and published works include ‘Braver House,’ a prototype minimum-footprint residence that breaks down polarities between inside/outside, ‘White Block Gallery,’ an 18,000sf arthouse in Korea’s Heyri Art Valley, ’Cloud,’ an interactive sculpture also in Heyri, Korea, ‘Clover,’ a new local food distribution network in Cambridge, MA, and the ‘Big Dig House,’ a prototype house constructed out of refuse from Boston’s Big Dig.  Current projects prefigure a shift in SsD’s focus to larger scale public, institutional, and commercial work. More info on SsD can be found at his firm’s website: