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Kenneth Namkung

Kenneth Namkung

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

Kenneth Namkung is a Senior Associate with Studio Link-Arc, a New York-based design practice that recently completed the China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, China’s first overseas international Expo Pavilion. For the China Pavilion, Mr. Namkung was deeply involved in the project’s technical design and structural coordination, working closely with engineers, fabricators, and contractors to ensure that the design objectives were met. This innovative project has been extensively published, and was honored with two separate awards from the German Design Council. In addition, he coordinated a major new publication focused on the China Pavilion, titled "xPositions: Pavilion Dialogues" in collaboration with Original Copy and MGMT.

Mr. Namkung has extensive experience on large institutional and cultural projects- before joining Studio Link-Arc, he worked with a number of prominent New York City architecture offices, including Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, and Santiago Calatrava/Festina Lente LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Virginia, where he was the production editor for Modulus 25, and held leadership positions on the School of Architecture’s Design Council. He also holds a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Merit Scholarship and the Louis Rosenburg Traveling Fellowship. He has taught design studios at the Boston Architectural Center (now Boston Architectural College), and has participated in reviews at MIT, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Penn State University, and the University of Hartford.

Kenneth Namkung served as Vice President for Educational and Cultural Programs for the MIT Club of New York for many years, and is Vice President for Communications for MITArchA (the MIT Architecture Alumni Affinity Group). He also served on the Center for Architecture Foundation Young Patrons Committee. 

Employment 

Studio Link-Arc, LLC, New York, NY, US, Senior Associate

Currently managing many aspects of professional practice, including: operations and organization, software and hardware implementation, CAD management, and employment visas.

Involved in many important built projects, including: the China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015, the CRLand DaChong School, the Nanjing Gallery, and the Hangzhou Gallery. Participated in many design proposals and competitions including: Shanghai Museum East Pavilion, 673 Fifth Avenue, and Shanghai Future Park.

Deeply involved in office marketing. Produced brochures, coordinated with publishers, submitted awards proposals and managed social media. Responsible for over fifteen successful awards submissions.

Coordinated xPositions : Pavilion Dialogues, a monograph focused on the design and construction of the China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015.

Oct 2013 - current
 

Monument Office, New York, Architectural Designer

Monument Office is the online imprint of Kenneth Namkung, an architectural designer based in New York City. Monument Office currently operates at the intersection between architecture, design, and public space.

Projects completed under this banner include: Italian Military Museum, Torino Precinct, Xi'an Civic Plaza, and the Buenos Aires Art Museum. More to come.

Learn more at monument-office.org.

Jun 2012 - current
 

Ennead Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Professional

Involved in technical detailing and production for many large institutional projects including: NYU Langone Kimmel Pavilion, NYU Langone New Science Building, the Education Center at the Wall, and York College.

Extensive involvement with the NYU Langone Kimmel Pavilion with a particular emphasis on highly resolved interior details.

Participated in early-stage design studies for NYU Langone New Science Building, and produced many design options for the building’s public podium.

Jun 2011 - Apr 2013
 

Santiago Calatrava, New York, NY, US, Architectural Professional

Participated in the design and the construction of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Coordinated plans between multiple offices, coordinated document submissions, produced client/stakeholder presentations in Powerpoint and Illustrator, produced interior finish details, and assisted in structural and geometry coordination.

Deeply involved in the design of Yuan Ze University Arts and Memorial Complex. Prepared multiple concept design schemes, produced presentation and design development drawings for a 50,000 sm academic/performing arts complex.

Involved in operations management. Managed CAD and presentation standards, as well as software. Initiated and completed overhaul of internal reprographics system.

Apr 2006 - May 2011
 

Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York, NY, US, Architectural Professional

Involved in over twenty competitions and proposals for clients including: Harvard University, University of Oxford, Javits Convention Center, Cornell University, and firstsite:newsite Colchester.

Involved in: construction documents, construction administration, interior detailing and furniture design for meeting rooms, prefunction concourses, and food service spaces for the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Involved in the design of the UCSF Helen Diller Cancer Research Building. Produced construction documents, coordinated structure, and created details for the building’s exterior stone cladding.

Feb 2003 - Apr 2006
 

Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, US, Studio Instructor

Conducted three design studios. The final studio, Fast Food Nation, explored the American suburb through the design of a fast food retail prototype. Students developed unique site strategies and operational models based on individual responses to the subject.

Aug 2000 - Jul 2003
 

Education 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 1999 - Feb 2003
 

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

Jun 1997 - May 1999
 

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Architecture

Aug 1995 - May 1997
 

Awards 

xPositions: Pavilion Dialogues, Other

Coordinated and managed design, production, and editorial work for a monograph focused on the China Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 in collaboration with Original Copy, MGMT design, and ACTAR.

2018
 

Finalist, Italian Military Museum Competition, Other

Trajectories of Peace, a proposal for a museum in an abandoned military installation on an island off the coast of Italy, awarded in concept design competition.

2018
 

Kossman Thesis Juror, Pennsylvania State University, Other

Served as juror for final B.Arch thesis reviews at Pennsylvania State University during a three-day period for the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. With two other jurors and faculty, helped select the 2017 Kossman Prize winner.

2017
 

306090 Volume 06: Shifting Infrastructures, Other

Activeshelter published in journal of new design.

2004
 

BSA Unbuilt Architecture Exhibit, Other

Airspace exhibited at Boston Society of Architects

2003
 

Architecture@MIT, Other

Initiated and organized exhibition of student work at MIT. Level III graduate studio project included in exhibition.

2002
 

Participant, Tsinghua/MIT Urban Design Workshop, Other

2001
 

Louis Rosenburg Traveling Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Other

2001
 

Harbor Tickets Competition, 3rd Place

2000
 

Modulus 25: Industrial Intersections, Other

Production editor for academic journal. Responsible for design, layout and printing; wrote grant proposal for funding.

1999
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills