Jin Kyung Cho

Jin Kyung Cho

New York, NY, US

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Jin Kyung Cho is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design at Cornell University and is a teaching assistant for the Mellon Justice Design workshop. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, in 2014. Cho has worked on and organized numerous public projects involving art, architecture, and urbanism. She was a curatorial research and production assistant for the 4th Anyang Public Art Project, titled Public Story (2012–14), where historical sites in Anyang, just outside of Seoul, were points of departure for exploring the power of storytelling. From 2016 to 2020, she worked on various projects at New York–based Obra Architects, including serving as lead architect on a multipronged project called Perpetual Spring included in the exhibition Architecture and Heritage: Unearthing Future (2019–20).

Presented at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Perpetual Spring was positioned as an urban experiment in social interaction and community organization; housed in a temporary pavilion, this public program engaged with a host of collaborators to address issues relevant to city inhabitants.

Cho’s independent projects include participation in the exhibition Lotus Land (2017) at Asia Culture Center in Gwangju; Interlude (2017) at Insa Art Space of the Arts Council Korea in Seoul; and Heavy Benches (2018) at the Arts Council Korea Theater in Seoul. Cho’s current research is focused on the development of environmental and ecological art and architecture since the emergence of earth art in the 1960s. 


Obra Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Architect/ Manager

Project: The Crossing Pavilion, Seoul; Glen Road Residence, MD; Perpetual Spring, Seoul; Makerhoods, Newark New Jersey; Nari Ward Residence, New York; Washington D.C. Korean Cultural Center, D.C.; Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017; Sphinx Housing, San Juan; SanHe Kindergarten, Beijing; Competitions: Intl Competition of City Main Library Gwangju, 2019; NYC HPD Senior Housing competition, 2019; Intl Competition for Landscape of Columnar Jointing area, Jeju - Finalist, 2018; KFAS New Headquarters for Kuwait intl competition, 2018; Danginri Culture Complex competition, 2018; Intl Competition: Art Complex, Pyeongchang-dong, Seoul 2017; Women and Family Complex Facility Space Salim Intl Competition, Seoul 2016 - 5th Prize
Project Architect, Project Lead, Design Team

Jul 2016 - Apr 2021

Büro Ole Scheeren, Beijing, CN, Intern Designer

Project: 1500 West Georgia Residential High-rise, Vancouver, Frankfurt New Metzler Tower Invited competition | CD Feasibility study, site analysis, podium design.

Oct 2014 - Apr 2015

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), New York, NY, US, Intern Designer

Project: CITIC Tower (China Zun), Beijing China

Mar 2012 - Dec 2012


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Masters, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design

Cornell's post-professional Master of Science, Advanced Architectural Design program (M.S. AAD) is an intensive, advanced architectural design research program open to individuals holding a B.Arch. or professional M.Arch. degree. The program offers a critical framework for investigating pertinent design concerns, practices, and technologies in 21st-century architecture and urbanism.

The M.S. AAD is designated as a STEM program in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902) making international graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years to work in the United States.

Aug 2021 - current


The inaugural TSF Research Residency Fellow, Grant

Body and Scale in the Ecological Art
and Architecture of Tony Smith


Einaudi Center Global Racial Justice (GRJ) Graduate Fellow, Award

The global racial justice fellows collaborate with the Einaudi Center’s interdisciplinary community committed to research on intersectional inequalities, conducts research on racism, and plans and hosts related events and activities.


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