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About Jun Seong Ahn : Jun is a New York based architectural and urban designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Born in Seoul, Korea, he strongly desires in designing a city, architecture, and space for people with strong dignity. Jun’s mission as a designer is to confront conflict, inequality, discrimination, and deficiency by creating an innovative strategy and finding opportunities through mutual intervention to revitalize humanity. More than architecture and urban design, Jun seeks to discover a new way of communicating society and culture through innovative technology and unprecedented design techniques.

He won several prizes such as his postgraduate project with his GSAPP colleagues, 'The Right to Water', receiving first place award from Dencity 2017 competition hosted by Shelter Global, and 'Rooting Informality', receiving honorable mention award from DRIA 2017 International Open Competition hosted by Designing Resilience in Asia. Jun also received honorable mention award from Archasm competition, New York | Liberty Museum with a project 'Recall the Past. Revive the Present. Relief the Future'. Jun's works have been globally featured on media and articles such as Archdaily, Bustler, Archinect, etc.

After jumping into his professional field, Jun was an invited critic at RISD and invited lecturer in Amman, Jordan about his awarded project, The Right to Water. Jun has been participating in several SOM's architectural and urban design projects based on major cities in New England, Florida, China, Central Asia, and the Middle East. He is a founder and principal at AHN, A Human Network, and a board member of CREAM. Jun holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Rhode Island School of Design. He also holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design degree from Columbia University GSAPP.
STATEMENT OF ART:
I felt how petite humans are after looking down from an airplane viewing the movement of small automobiles and infinite streetlights. Because I am one of those people, I can observe their interest, feel the emotion, listen to the environment, and design a masterpiece for human being. This is why I yearn to continuously develop myself envisioning and dreaming a future.
​- 6PM on a Los Angeles-bound American Airlines from Boston

ORGANIZATION:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

EDUCATION:
2017, Urban Design, MS, Columbia University, NEWYORK/USA
2016, Architecture, BACHELOR, Rhode Island School of Design, PROVIDENCE/USA

EXPERIENCE:
(since 2017) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, New York, NY, Junior Architectural Professional, Urban Design Team - Urban Masterplanning and Architectural Design Project in New York, Miami, Tashkent, Shenzhen, Guiyang, Manama

(2017. 01 - 04) NBBJ, New York, NY, Architectural Intern, Healthcare Team
Architectural Design and Urban Planning for NYU Langone Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson Univ. Medical School

(2015. 08) Kunwon Engineering Co., Ltd, Seoul, Construction Consulting Intern, IT Complex Team

(2014. 06 - 08) Baum Architects, Inc., Seoul, Architectural Intern, Lotte Tower Team

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2017. 10 - 12 Exhibition, GSAPP Urban Design Studio ‘Water Urbanism’, Studio-X Amman, Columbia Global Centers, Jordan
2017. 01 Exhibition, GSAPP Urban Design Studio ‘Justice in Place’ Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2015. 01 Exhibition, RISD Photography Global Studio Speos Photographic Institute, Paris, France
2014. 03 Exhibition, RISD Architecture Advanced Studio, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala City, Guatemala

EVENTS:
2018. 05 Invited Jury (pending), Columbia Urban Design Final Review, Columbia University GSAPP, New York, NY
2018. 03 Invited Critic, Columbia Urban Design Mid-Review, Columbia University GSAPP, New York, NY
2017. 11 Portfolio Reviewer, Professional Portfolio Review, Columbia University GSAPP, New York, NY
2017. 10 Invited Lecturer, ‘The Right to Water’, Studio-X Amman, Columbia Global Centers, Jordan
2017. 05 Invited Critic, RISD Architecture Final Review, Petra Kempf + Pedro Aparicio Advanced Studio

AWARDS:
2018.04 Bronze A' Design Award* for Architecture, Building, and Structure Design Category, A' Design Award Competition, 'Four Line'
2018.04 Bronze A' Design Award* for Architecture, Building, and Structure Design Category, A' Design Award Competition, 'Liberty Museum'
2017. 08 Top Finalist*, Archstorming Unbuild the Wall Competition, ‘Nogales Station’
2017. 07 Honorable Mention*, Designing Resilience in Asia 2017 International Open Competition, ‘Rooting Informality’
2017. 06 First Prize*, Shelter Global Dencity 2017 Competition, ‘The Right to Water’
2016. 12 Honorable Mention*, Archasm Liberty Museum NY Competition, ‘Recall the Past. Revive the Present. Relief the Future.’
2008. 12 Critic’s Award*, Seoul Design Tournament, ‘Peculiar’

PRESS APPEARANCES:
Major Presses (full press appearances on AHN website)
2017, "Water Urbanism: Amman", Columbia GSAPP, https://www.arch.columbia.edu/events/779-water-urb
anism-amman-presentations-exhibition-opening, October, New York/NY
2017, "The Right to Water", Archdaily, https://www.archdaily.com/874301/shelter-global-an
nounces-winners-of-2017-dencity-competition, June, New York/NY
2017, "The Right to Water", Archinect, https://archinect.com/news/bustler/5765/from-aidin
g-refugee-camps-to-at-risk-riverfront-communities-
here-are-the-winning-dencity-2017-proposals, June, New York/NY
2017, "Liberty Museum: New York", Bustler, http://bustler.net/news/5423/the-winning-liberty-m
useum-entries-for-ny-s-liberty-island, Jan, New York/NY

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
2018. 03 Selected Student Section Publication, The Funambulist Magazine
2018. 01 Selected Work Publication, GSAPP Urban Design Studio, Columbia University Abstract 2017

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Korean (Native)
English (Native)
Japanese (Beginner)
Spanish (Beginner)
Arabic (Learning)

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2017 Associate AIA, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
2017 LEED Green Associate, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
2017 Member, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

WEB SITE:
www.ahumannetwork.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
https://issuu.com/junahn/docs/jun_seong_ahn_portfo
lio_2017

REGISTRATION DATE:
2017-07-10 00:09:22

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Young

Awards received by Jun Seong Ahn


Liberty Museum Multicultural Center

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2017
Jun Seong Ahn for Ahn
Four Line Public Space

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category in 2017
Jun Seong Ahn for Ahn

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