Mikyoung Kim

Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

Mikyoung Kim is an award winning international landscape architect and founding principal of Mikyoung Kim Design. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as a powerful tool to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience. Her innovative design approach emphasizes an interdisciplinary research and design process in projects that range from regional scale urban waterfronts to sculptural installations.

Mikyoung was named as an AD innovator by Architectural Digest and has been awarded with design excellence honors from American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architect, the General Services Administration, and the International Federation of Landscape Architects. Mikyoung is a fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects and her work is part of the Smithsonian Museum’s “American Voices” Collection. The work of MYKD has been highlighted in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record, Dwell Magazine, Surface Magazine, Garden Design, and the Chicago Tribune. Current projects include the Tanja Waterfront in Tangiers Morocco, 515 West 18th Street Complex in New York, the Prudential Plaza and Roof Garden in Boston, the Chicago Botanic Garden Learning Center, and the Boston Children’s Hospital Green Masterplan and Garden Design.

Mikyoung is an alumna of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Jacob Weidenman Prize and the Norman T. Newton Award. Trained as a pianist at Oberlin College and Conservatory, she infuses performative and interactive experiences into the work of her firm. For nearly two decades she was a tenured Professor in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and as department head received the RISD Dean’s Leadership Award where she currently serves as Professor Emerita.