Career in Architecture
Educated in the fine arts as a painter, Kim studied landscape architecture and ecological planning at the University of Pennsylvania. “Here I learned that it was possible to ‘read’ the landscape,” she says, “and that design was not only about creating beauty but revealing meaning.” This commitment to beauty and meaningfulness has informed all of her award-winning projects. Kim is the recipient of more than a dozen design awards, is past-President of the New York State Council of Landscape Architects, and lectures frequently across the country on environmental design. She is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association. Landscape architecture is a profoundly positive and collaborative profession,” she adds. “It is a discipline that embodies hope and requires a longer, larger vision.”
Major Buildings and Projects
- Buffalo State College Facilities Master Plan, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (with Flynn Bataglia Architects, under construction)
- Hoboken Ferry Terminal, Hoboken, NJ (with Beyer Blinder Belle, under construction)
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (plaza), New York, NY (with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and FXFOWLE, completed 2010)
- 41 Cooper Square, Academic Building, Cooper Union, New York, NY (with Morphosis and Gruzen Samton, completed 2009)
- Playground at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY (with The Polshek Partnership, completed 2009)
- Bard College Center for Science and Computation, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (with Rafael Viñoly Architects, completed 2007)
- Brooklyn Central Library plaza renovation, Brooklyn, NY (with Benic Architects, completed 2007)
- Staten Island 9/11 Memorial, Staten Island, NY (with Masayuki Sono, completed 2004)
- Kowsky Plaza, Battery Park City, New York, NY (with Weisz + Yoes, completed 2004)
- Time Warner Center/Columbus Circle streetscape, New York, NY (completed 2004)
- Armory Place Rooftop Terrace, New York, NY (with Costas Kondylis & Partners, LLP, completed 2003)
- West Thames Park, Battery Park City, New York, NY (completed 2003)
- Rockefeller Park and Stuyvesant Plaza, Battery Park City, New York, NY (completed 1994)
Press and Awards
- Gendall, John. “Prime Time for Landscape Architects: Mathews Neilsen Landscape Architects Masters the New Collaborations.” ArchNewsNow 18 October 2012.
- Padalka, Alex. “No Longer Misunderstood, Landscape Architects Enjoy Renaissance,” New York Construction October 2009.
- “Urban Parks: Next Installment on the Hudson,” Landscape Architecture January 2009.
- “What Lies Beneath,” Landscape Architecture October 2008.
- “Rebuilding Buffalo,” The Architect’s Newspaper 16 (3 October 2007).
- “Greening to the Core of the Big Apple,” Oculus Winter 2006-2007.
- Ford, Ruth. “Flower Power: Roof Gardens,” Habitat Magazine June 2004.