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Soonju Kwon

Artist, Architect

Kwon grew up in Seoul, South Korea witnessing her hometown changing from dirt road to mixed commercial area which later gave way to high-rise buildings. This transitional experience led her to develop an optimistic vision of the future, and to study how environmental change can influence an individual life. After moving to Salt Lake City to continue to study architecture, and throughout her years of practice, she has participated in various projects hoping she could contribute to shape our surroundings to embrace a positive social context. Kwon’s method of production utilizes multiple media; graphic, site specific installation and various scale of architectural projects.  She is currently practicing as an licensed architect and runs Soonju Kwon art studio.

INSTALLATION ART

Salt Lake City, Color cloud, light installation, 2015
Salt Lake City Art Council, Anti-Gravity, Flying object, 2014
Salt Lake Downtown Alliance, Name That Flower, Downtown Garden Stroll, 2015                                             Salt Lake City Art Council, Alive, Regent street, 2016                                                                                     Gateway, Imprints, Holiday Art in Vacancies, 2016
Salt Lake City Art Council, Flow, Flying object, 2017 Spring
Salt Lake City Art Council, A piece of sky, Flying object, 2017 Spring

EXHIBITIONS/ AWARDS/ LECTURES

Art in Architecture, Shepherd Gallery, Weber State University, 2015
The Roger Bailey Traveling Fellowship, Timeless Architecture for Our Time, Lecture at CA+P University of Utah, 2009
Design Prize winner of final graduate studio, The Whispering Tree, CA+P University of Utah, 2009
Design Arts Utah Exhibition, Culture Factory, Utah Art Council, 2007
Korea National Exhibition of Architecture, Void in Metropolis City, 1999

PUBLICITY
UMOCA, Mayday map on Main, 2015
The Salt Lake Tribune, A blooming future downtown, 2015
KSL, Downtown Garden Stroll to add beauty and fun to Salt Lake streets, 2015
AIA Utah Newsletter, Connected Dots, 2015

COMMUNITY
Director of Design/Build Competition for Food Booth for Refugee entrepreneurs, 2015
Treasurer, Women in architecture SLC, 2014-2015
Guest Critic, CA+P University of Utah, 2010-2015
Editor, Directory for Korean Association of Utah, 2011

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
Practicing licensed architect


EDUCATION
Master of Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah, 2009
Bachelor of Engineering, Architecture, Soong-Sil University, Seoul, Korea, 2002

M3.soonju@gmail.com

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