Isaac Kim

Isaac Kim

New York, NY, US

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Hello! I am an M.Arch 2020 candidate at Columbia GSAPP with 4 years of professional experience, 3.5 years of which I was a lead project designer at a firm in Denver. I had the unique opportunity of getting to be part of all stages of my projects among others, and as a result have a holistic understanding of what it takes for a project to become a reality. Design thinking, collaboration, and tenacity are just some elements it takes for architecture to happen. 



Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), San Francisco, CA, Architectural Professional

Sep 2020 - current

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Graduate Teaching Assitant

Mentored, critiqued, and assisted first year M.Arch students for both semesters of core architectural representation courses.

Sep 2018 - May 2020

James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Developed design concepts, massing studies, and a physical model for a 30,000 SF private foundation HQ in Detroit, MI. Also created diagrams for competition for 40,000 SF Houston Endowment HQ in Houston, TX.

May 2019 - Aug 2019

Studio Goetz, New York, NY, US, Architectural Intern

Assisted in creating separate drawings sets for bidding, permitting, and landmarks for a town home renovation and extension in Brooklyn. Additionally, created presentation drawings for aforementioned townhouse project and for high-rise apartment on Park Avenue. Also re-designed company website by streamlining layout, adding projects, and increasing information accessibility.

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

Johnson Nathan Strohe, Denver, CO, US, Project Designer

Designer for multifamily and hospitality projects. Created schematic designs for multifamily projects in Oceanside, CA, a ski resort hotel in Santiago, Chile, and a proposal for modular a pre-fabricated housing project in Denver, CO. Also engaged in construction documents for several multifamily and hospitality projects and construction administration.

Feb 2014 - Jul 2017

Citi Design Consulting, Inc., Aurora, CO, US, Architectural Intern

Digitally modeled and rendered projects using AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, and SketchUp for client presentations. Projects include: Mizu Japanese Restaurant at 2930 Umatilla St., La Foret Bakery, Federal Heights Community Center, 400 Corona Street Shops, Korean Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Aurora.

Jun 2013 - Jan 2014

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, Teaching Assistant

Undergraduate teaching assistant for ARCH1010: Lessons of the Lawn and ARCH1020: Lessons in Making. Prepared weekly lessons in design fundamentals, led weekly hour-long discussion sections for 12 students, and critiqued and graded weekly student projects.

Aug 2012 - May 2013

University of Virginia, McIntire Department of Art, Charlottesville, VA, US, Assistant

Prepared, compiled, scanned, and organized artwork and slides that were digitally uploaded to the national ARTstor online database

Oct 2010 - Oct 2012


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2017 - May 2020

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Bachelor's of Science in Architecture
Minor in Architectural History

Aug 2009 - May 2013


Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, Award

Awarded to the most outstanding student in the final semester design studios.


2019 AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards, Student Award, Award

Received the Student Award for submission of built and unbuilt projects reviewed for their innovative design approaches to transportation and infrastructure. In collaboration with Krista Wiryomartono, the project re-imagines the university campus model as part of a larger transportation network to re-invigorate downtown Newburgh, NY.


Kyle Francis Kauffman Honorary Scholarship, Scholarship

An award present annually to a rising fourth year architecture student nominated by his/her peers based on merit and who embodies all the outstanding qualities that typified Kyle Frances Kauffman (BSArch ‘85).


Intermediate Honors, Award

Awarded to the top 20% of all architecture students who have earned at least 60 credits of course work in their first four regular semesters.


The Edgar J. Shannon Award, Award

Presented by the Z Society to the student in each school of the University of Virginia who has contributed the most to that school through academic excellence, leadership, and extracurricular involvement.


The Duncan J. McCrea Memorial Award, Award

Awarded annually to an undergraduate who has demonstrated academic achievement and concern for spiritual values in memory of Duncan J. McCrea (BSArch '75).


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