Hyojin Kwon

Design Critic in Architecture

Hyojin Kwon is a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Previously, she served as a Lecturer in Architecture at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Kwon held the Irving Innovation Fellowship at the GSD, teaching and researching the reciprocal relationship of digital media and physical artifacts to perception, representation, and materialization. In the context of post-digital, her recent research, teaching, and projects have focused on how digital media alters the internal working methods of the design fields but also larger cultural conditions.

Kwon is the founding principal of design practice, Pre- and Post-, and has completed installation projects for the Museum of Brisbane and Brisbane City Council in Australia, Tokyo Designers Week in Japan, CICA Museum, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, and Hanyang Artainer Museum in Korea. Her design work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Cambridge, Seoul, Brisbane, and Sydney. Prior to starting her own practice, she practiced in several offices in the United States and Australia, including Populous, OMA, SOM, MILLIØNS, and Certain Measures.

Kwon received a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Prize for her thesis titled Death, Divorce, Down-sizing, Dislocation, and (Now) Display: A Self-Storage Center for a More Exhibitionist Future. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Hanyang University in Seoul, where she was the recipient of the University Thesis Design Prize.

In addition, Kwon was also awarded a Macdowell Residency, an ArtOmi Architecture Residency, and a research residency at the Autodesk Technology Center in Boston. She has given lectures and served on juries at several institutions including Yale, Penn, MIT, RISD, Sci-Arc, UT Austin, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea.