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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.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

AIA, Licensed since 2014

LEED AP BD+C

 

EDUCATION

Master of Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Utah, 2010Bachelor of Engineering, Architecture, Soong-Sil University, Seoul, Korea, 2002

 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

GSBS Architects, Architect, Salt Lake City, since 2010

Sparano+Mooney, Intern Architect, Salt Lake City, 2009-2010

Kiahn Architecture, Designer, Seoul, 2005-2006

Du-Nam Choi Architects, Designer, Seoul, 2001-2003

 

COMMUNITY

Director of Design/Build Competition for Park installation for Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center, 2016

Director of Design/Build Competition for Food booth for refugee entrepreneurs, 2015

Founder board member, Women in architecture SLC, 2014-2017

Guest Critic, CA+P University of Utah, 2010-2017

Editor, Directory for Korean Association of Utah, 2011

 

INSTALLATION ART

Imprints, The Gateway Art Project, Vestar Gateway, LLC, 2016

Utah Arts are Alive, Utah Theater Street Art, Salt Lake City Art Council, 2016

Pre-qualified Artist Pool, Salt Lake City Art Council, 2016-2018

Flow, Flying object 5.0, Salt Lake City Art Council, 2017

A piece of Sky, Flying object 5.0, Salt Lake City Art Council, 2017

Color cloud, Gallivan plaza light installation, Salt Lake City, 2015

Anti-Gravity, Flying object 4.0, Salt Lake City Art Council, 2014

Name That Flower, Downtown Garden Stroll, Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance, 2015

 

EXHIBITIONS/ AWARDS/ LECTURES/ PUBLICITY

Art in Architecture Exhibition, Shepherd Gallery, Weber State University, AIA Utah, 2015

Mayday map on Main, UMOCA, 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, Popup parks on Main street, 2015

The Roger Bailey Traveling Fellowship, Timeless Architecture for Our Time, Lecture at CA+P University

of Utah, 2009

The King Student Medal, CA+P University of Utah, 2009

Design Prize winner of final graduate studio, The Whispering Tree, CA+P University of Utah, 2009

Architectural NEXUS Scholarship, 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

M3.soonju@gmail.com

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