Daniel Kwak

Daniel Kwak

Los Angeles, CA, US



I believe in taking from multiple disciplines to articulate a meaningful design. For that reason, I chose to study urban planning in conjunction with architecture.  I wanted to develop and refine a receptive, flexible and investigation-oriented attitude in applying principles I've learned to my work. The blight conditions of the urban cores provide for a landscape ripe with opportunities to apply such principles.  A thoughtful re-design of disfigured alleys and run-down spaces in our cities can inspire a movement that could rival the urban development of 'city beautiful' or 'new urbanism' I feel inspired to analyze and provide solutions for improving urban cores to promote sustainable growth within our cities.  I'm dedicated to the cause of untangling the many challenges cities face in working toward a future state in which sustainable growth becomes a reality, while enriching culture and environmental conservation remain key priorities for the people who live in them.



SJMC Architects, Seoul, KR, Junior Designer

- Conceptual Design
- Sustainability Design Solutions
- Graphic Presentations
- 3D Modeling (Revit & 3D Max)

Jun 2013 - Oct 2013

Moyang Consulting & Architecture, Seoul, Assistant Designer

- Participated in a competition for city library design in Kwan-Yang, S. Korea and won 4th place out of 27 entries.

- 3D modeling – Revit, Rhino, 3D Max, V-ray, MentalRay and Photoshop

- Participated in the 40F high rise Kintex Project in Busan, S. Korea.

- Participated in creating sales brochures of 162 unit mixed-use residential project.

- Prepared on-going project progress presentations weekly.

- Conducted site analysis studies (traffic, current use, population, zoning, lot conditions, and etc.,) and consulted with city planners.

May 2011 - Oct 2012

Kun-Hwa Engineering & Planning, Seoul, Urban Designer/ Planner

- Designed site master plans. – No’hak Plan

- Constructed a 3D terrain model of 228 acre PUD (Planned Unite Development) in No’hak, S. Korea.

- 3D modeling of the site design = Rhino and Sketchup

- Converted sketches and designed site plans into Auto CAD.

- Designed power point lay-outs for weekly presentations.

- Prepared 11x17 maps of project sites with highlighted features for weekly presentations using Photoshop

- Researched online and government documents for related materials (population, zoning, current uses, and etc.,) for projects.

- Conducted environmental impact study (EIR)

Jan 2009 - Mar 2010

City of Loma Linda, Loma Linda, Planning Intern

- Researched city, county and federal planning laws including the CEQA regarding project applications coming into the city.

- Reviewed architectural plans and project site assessments.

- Prepared approval letters with conditions, follow-up letters, city manager report, and public hearing items.

- Consulted with various developers in meetings and provided guide lines according to city zoning, general plan, and regulations (fire, public works, engineering).

- Updated and reorganized city documents and online city applications forms.

- Presented projects to the city manager and city councils.

Oct 2007 - Dec 2008


NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, MArch, Architecture

Design investigation with Form + function, Aesthetics of structural integrity, and evolution of urban life styles. Architecture as an 'event' inducing tool for creating spaces. It could be the form of design itself, the program, or combination of both + urban and social context. Event, in its broader context gives place a purpose. Any space without this purpose becomes obstruction against nature.

Jul 2011 - Jun 2013

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, Bachelors, Urban and Regional Planning

The history of urban planning profession to the interactive role of urban planning in city development around the world. Investigated the broader context of urban situations dealing with communications between multiple essentials, demands, characteristics, groups, policies, and professions.

Apr 2008 - Dec 2010


2012 'Mock-firm design competition'/ Chicago, Nomination

As a team with 'urban cloud' design concept for a skyscraper, we were invited to participate in the presentation as one of the finalists in the competition in Chicago.


2009 Academic Award from LA section of American Planning Association, Award

'Golden Necklace Project' as a team received the Academic Award from APA Los Angeles Chapter for its investigation and solution for the lower part of the Southern California to increase connectivity.


Areas of Specialization