Simon Kim is a registered architect and principal at Ibañez Kim Studio, a Cambridge and Philadelphia-based practice with Mariana Ibañez. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, and Director of the Immersive Kinematics Research Group. After graduating from the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association, he was a designer and project architect for the Office of Zaha Hadid. He then continued post-graduate research at MIT where he examined architecture from the perspective of physical computation, and embedded devices. Simon followed this work as a researcher at the Design Lab and as a consultant to Gehry Technologies. Simon has taught studios, seminars, and workshops at PennDesign, MIT, Yale University, and the AA.
Simon’s recent studies have been an engagement with electronic devices, dynamic environments and urban space as a continually mediated and perceptual frame. This is done within academics and practice: the Immersive Kinematics Group agenda speculates on the role of architecture from the external domains of robotics, interaction, and embedded intelligence. This work has been published and presented at the IEEE ICRA conference, Acadia and ACSA.
Ibañez Kim Studio produces a body of work from within the discipline of architecture that exploits inequalities in what is traditional and radical, maintaining a care that the result produces intricacy and nuance. Clean geometries and strict systems are corrupted or subjected to instablility in an effort to find a nature of technique and its relationship to design. This has produced a range of projects from the small-scale prototype to masterplanning: the Masque, a proposal using multi-agent systems as an urban design tool, the Clothing/Cladding that has spanned from a wearable building envelope to a wireless electricity environment, and the Conics Canopy. Built projects include the BioEnergy House in Dhaka, the Pender Studio in Regents Park, and the Quarantine Unit for the National Art Museum of China. In 2007 the office was selected as one of 100 international offices for the Ordos100 project. IK Studio has recently been shortlisted for the 2012 MoMA PS1 competition.
Simon has presented his research at conferences on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems, Cybernetic Science and Systems Research, IEEE ICRA, Acadia, and ACSA, and will be running a workshop at Smart Geometry.