Kimberly V.K.H. Nguyen

Kimberly V.K.H. Nguyen

New York, NY, US



Kimberly V.K.H. Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American designer and engineer.  She sees design as faith-based profession, one that requires belief in something that does not yet exist.  

Her theoretical work explores boundaries and architecture - the physical and psychological extents of an environment.  Her current research investigates identity and the potential of different structures to support those who are most vulnerable in our society.  

Nguyen earned her B.S. in Architectural/Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Masters in Architecture at Columbia University in New York City.  Before founding Studio Frogwi, she worked at award-winning firms LTL Architects and Latent Productions.  She also helped launch GSAPP Death Lab, a research group focused on reimagining our relationship with mortality, space, and the metropolis.  Nguyen’s projects have been published in ACADIA, ArchDaily, Wired, and Urban Magazine, and she was recipient of the GE Foundation’s Imagination at Work visualization grand prize in 2013

Kimberly V.K.H.'s School Blog on Archinect:

Columbia University GSAPP (Kim) : Kimberly V.K.H. Nguyen

This is a journal of my adventures at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) as I pursue my M.Arch degree.

It includes images of my projects, classmates' work, some thoughts, and grad-student daily life.

Category Title


Studio Frogwi, New York, NY, US, Principal Designer

Jul 2016 - current

DeathLab at Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Research Scholar

Jun 2013 - current

Blue Topaz Resort, Designer, Engineer

Jun 2014 - Jun 2016

Fire Protection Outfitters, Pasadena, TX, US, Marketing Director and Textile Designer

Aug 2004 - Oct 2015

Latent Productions, New York, NY, US, Critical Experimentalist

Jun 2013 - Feb 2014

LTL Architects (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis), New York, NY, US, Architecture Intern

May 2012 - Jul 2012

NCI Building Systems, Houston, TX, US, Structural Engineering Intern

May 2008 - Aug 2008


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

Master of Architecture

Sep 2010 - May 2013

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, Bachelors, Architectural Engineering

EIT Certified - Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Sep 2005 - May 2009


Publications in Wired Magazine, Urban Magazine, and ArchDaily, Other


Publications in GSAPP Abstract, Other


GE "Imagination at Work" Grand Prize, 1st Place

Design and Research Grant


Kinne Traveling Scholarship, Scholarship

Research in Rio de Janeiro on territories of vulnerability and evolving infrastructure


AIA Allwork + CFA Design Scholarship, Nomination


Visualization Marathon NYC, Honorable Mention


ACADIA Competition Finalist, Other

Facade fabrication and development


Boeing Merit Scholarship, Scholarship


UT Engineering Department Merit Scholarship, Scholarship


Society of Women in Engineering Scholarship, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization