Dimitri Damiel Kim

Dimitri Damiel Kim

New York, NY, US

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I run an independent, research, and multidisciplinary design practice, X-Lab (, focusing on critical and speculative projects in the built environment urbanism, and product design. The studio’s most recent work includes traveling exhibition space for energy company ’S-OIL’ (Seoul 2015), chief editorial and publishing duties for the annual journal on advanced tropical architecture, design, and sustainability, ‘Prototropic’ (NYC 2016), and prototype energy generator for the urban waterfront, ‘Eco Pylon’ (Lexus Design Award 2017).

Before X-Lab, I worked with Greg Lynn, Elena Manferdini, Eric Owen Moss, Peter Testa, and Fernando Romero in Los Angeles from (2007-2011) as a junior and intermediate associate, working on design research, competition projects, and design installations. From 2014-2015, I worked with ‘MD Lab’ and ‘Schmidhuber & Partners in Germany on high-concept retail, interior design, and brand environments for Sony, Samsung, and Mercedez. From 2015-2016, I returned to New York and worked with MAD-NYC Architects, JPDA, and DSA on various competitions and built projects in architecture and interior design.

My teaching experience began with a Teaching Assistantship with the Graduate Visual Studies (2007), Undergraduate Thesis Studio (2008), and Lecturer for Undergraduate Thesis-Prep Seminar at SCI-Arc (2009). I have previously taught Foundation Studio II, Visual Studies II, and Advanced Visual Studies as an adjunct professor of Architectural Technology at CUNY (2015-2016). I have taught First-year Design Studio at NJIT from 2016-2017 and Most recently, Advanced Visual Studies for ID class at FIT (2016) and NYSID (2017) Interior Design program and taught Professional Practice and Introduction to Interior Drawings at Parsons School of Constructed Environments (2017).


X-LAB, New York, NY, US, Principal

Designer, author, planner

Aug 2010 - current

MAD NYC, New York, NY, US, Architect

Architectural design, project management, and assistance for commercial and high-end residential projects in New York.

Work Highlights: 'NYU Rubin Hall' renovation (See portfolio).

Feb 2015 - Jun 2015

JDPA, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Architect

Architectural design and documentation for high-end commercial and retail space.

Work Highlights: 'Bronx Incubator/Accelerator office' in Bronx (See portfolio).

May 2014 - Sep 2014

Schmidhuber, München, DE, Architekten

Hired gun.

Dec 2013 - Dec 2013

MD Lab, München, DE, Architekten

3D brand experience, retail, and corporate interior designs for high-end clients.

Jun 2013 - Dec 2013

InForm Design, Honolulu, HI, US, Architect

Architectural design and BIM specialist for retail and hospitality projects.

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Designer

Visual Designer for Global Studio-X NYC and GSAPP Alumni Association.

Jan 2012 - Jun 2012

FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architect

Research and conceptual design for architecture and urban design

Mar 2010 - Aug 2010

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Assistant Instructor

Coordinating research for undergraduate thesis class

Sep 2009 - Dec 2009

Testa / Weiser, Venice, CA, US, Architectural Consultant

Conceptual design and visualization for architectural prototypes

Aug 2009 - Dec 2009

KY Architects International, Honolulu, HI, US, Architect

Conceptual design for competition projects, architectural/urban design, modeling and rendering.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Ostrander & Chu, Honolulu, HI, US, Art Director

Art Direction, page layout and typography, web design, post production for print and web.

May 2007 - Sep 2007

ACM, Honolulu, HI, US, Program Assistant

Media design and authoring, production and instructional assistant for film/video, motion graphic design for film/TV, web and print.

Sep 2005 - Dec 2006

Media venture Partners, Honolulu, HI, US, Jr. Graphic Designer

Editorial design for magazine, ‘Venture’, advertisement design, identity systems, stationary, and annual report design.

May 2003 - Sep 2003

SquareUSA, Honolulu, HI, US, Wrangler

Render and visual effects assistant for the feature film and video game studio

Sep 2002 - May 2003


Columbia University, Masters, AAD

Advanced Architectural Design

Jun 2011 - May 2012

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), MArch, Architecture

Architecture and urban design

Aug 2007 - Sep 2009

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, US, Bachelors, Design

Media and Communication design

Jan 1998 - May 2004


SCI-Arc Teaching Fellowship, Grant

A teaching fellowship with the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Assigned to teach undergraduate thesis research seminar.


Fellowship with the Center for Smart Buidling and Community Design, Grant

A research and teaching fellowship with the Center for Smart Buidling and Community Design, Sea Grant, and the School of Architecture, University of Hawaii.


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