Lauren Kim

Senior Designer at IDEO


She holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She has a plant named Ruth.

CV is available upon request.

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In Cambridge, MA


me@laurenkim.com

267 735 7474

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Nyaya

Nyaya Brand and Print Collateral

Brand and Web development for Nyaya Health, a for-purpose organization that exists to realize the right to health by delivering transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor.

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The Lost Spy Cover

The Lost Spy Cover Design
designed for W.W. Norton & Company [NYC] and Orion Publishing Group [London]

Smart Icons

Environmental Icons
designed for Smart Design

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Unilateral Hearing Loss

Unilateral Hearing Loss
designed for frog Design Mind

PDF

Design Mind

Contributing Designer for design mind
designed for frog design

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iriver clix logo

iriver clix logo
designed for Smart Design

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OXO Product Graphics

OXO Product Graphics
designed for Smart Design

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HP Poster Series

HP Poster Series
designed for Smart Design

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ACCO Quartet Packaging

ACCO Quartet Packaging
designed for Smart Design Design

Smart Design Collateral

Portfolio for the National Design Awards
designed for Smart Design

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Visual Thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus Packaging
designed for Smart Design

Josh Owen

Josh Owen: Big Ideas / Small Packages
designed for Josh Owen LLC

The Bobo

The Bobo

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Eames Pop-up Book

Eames Pop-up Book

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CCA Poster Series

CCA Poster Series

The Corset

Making Meaning: The Corset

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Clueless Book

Clueless Book

Five a Day

Five a Day

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Philip Glass Poster

Philip Glass Poster

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Adidas Packaging

Adidas Packaging Series

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OHM Packaging

OHM Packaging

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Breath of Death

Breath of Death Packaging

Comfort Woman

Comfort Woman
Comfort women is a euphemism for women forced into prostitution and sexual slavery for Japanese military brothels during World War II.[1]

I literally transformed/mutilated the book, Comfort Woman by Nora Okja Keller into a physical sculpture to portray the context/meaning of the word "Comfort Woman" and to demonstrate the destructive past that to this day is still hidden in denial and shame.

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A Polaroid Project

Tomato Workshop: A Polaroid Project
On bringing strangers together.

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i love you

"i love you"
Graphic Hug Project

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Kinetic Canopy

Kinetic Canopy

This project explores the relationship of parts to whole. Using a honeycomb structure composed of two types of links, termed “L” and “Y” links, a responsive surface structure was designed where a central core controls the opening and closing of the aggregated units (flowers).

The origami that is attached to the structure responds to the flowers and adds three dimensionality to the movement, allowing a play in aperture, light and form. When the paper units are closed, the structure becomes planar, closing itself in and blocking light. When the paper opens up, light shines through.

Team: Ana Garcia Puyol & Tara Tan
Photography: Tara Tan
Video

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Crawler / Scape

Crawler / Scape

This project is based on a discrete set of relationships between object and Scape, whereby the connection of different geometries through assembly, movement and replication allows for the creation of bridges that results in the formation of space and program. Through a taxonomy of movement of the Crawler across the Scape, the discrete module activates the larger terrain through a system of hinging, rotation and sliding, allowing auto geometric alignments that permit variable connections.

Since the connection type is based on geometry, the figure can grow, open and trap based on the type of connection / relationship it has between Crawler and Scape. The Crawler has the ability to mutate and merge with the scape, allowing, overtime, a larger global megastructure through the use of multiple crawlers coming together, allowing the Crawler and the Scape to unite; creating a blurring between object and space.

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Superblock

Addressing the In-between

Competition entry addressing and redefining urban density for increasing populations.

Team: Boback Firoozbakht, Wes Thomas and Lauren Kim

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Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

Suburbs in the City

This project is about breaking through existing site boundaries and pulling Battery Park into the city through the vent tunnel, creating a new typology for city inhabitance. A residential canopy was envisioned, designed to provide a suburban haven away from city activity from above and an urban oasis below through the implementation of aggregated units forming light apertures at street level.

In order to portray a sense of lightness, an innovative structural system of primary and secondary walls was developed with the use of ultra-high performance concrete. These walls are held up by 7 structural lifts in addition to the vent tower allowing both access and structure for the units.

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Performance Arts Center

North End Performance Arts Center

Using the European fabric of Boston's North End as a foundation for civic growth, the performing arts center pulls elements of the community inside in the first floor through the program as well as through space, movement and circulation. When one moves up to the second floor lobby, the transcendent movement heightens the participant to an almost ethereal state through the use of material and perspectives.

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› Studio Manual

Studio Manual: Center for Music, Dance and Drama

Group Studio Project
Responsible for site analysis drawings and book design.

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Urban Code

Urban Coding: Willets Point, Queens

Group: Marina Correia, Sun Kyu Kim, Lauren Kim

An urban code was based on blurring the boundaries of the Queens site. The issue found in the original site was that the surrounding infrastructure created a barrier that did not allow easy access to the site. The goal of the new urban code was to create porosity within the boundaries of the site by reconfiguring existing infrastructure, which included adding new stations, streets and pedestrian paths.

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Rare Books Library

Rare Books Library

The library project was an extension of the Thick Wall project, utilizing the integrated system of modules—facade, book stacks and carrels to create a comprehensive library program for Boston’s North End. Starting with an analysis and catalog of access points, fields of voids were created in relation to their intersections. These voids created an organizing system of the library’s program.

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Thick Wall

Thick Wall

In order to design an integrated system of modules—facade, book stacks and carrels; a series of sequencing studies were made in order to create configurable systems that could spatially correspond to the module. Thus, the “floating” carrel concept was created that required book stacks to become “gateways” via an integrated stairwell within the shelves. The shelving system corresponded to the sequence of the stairs as well as the furniture and louvres.

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Wall Module

Wall Module

Using a modular system as a base point, studies were made on how one can inhabit the spaces that it can create. With weight and geometry in mind, the form of a hollowed out tapered cube that has been sliced was created to make inhabitable spatial conditions.

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Flexagon Building


Lodged House

The Lodged House

The Lodged House project is motivated by extreme and typical conditions in terms of the site and its use. Using this as the starting point, the lodged house can be seen as under compression between it’s two neighboring buildings. This sense of compression, which also creates expansion as a consequence, forces the internal organs of the lodged house to move and shift.

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Parametric Medial Surfaces

Parametric Medial Surfaces

An asymmetrical medial surface of customized generative articulated surfaces, with particular interest in apertures and light penetration.

Group: Alexis Coir, Lauren Kim

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Inflatable Project

Soft Structures

Design an inflatable that will provide enclosure for one person using Tyvek.

Group: Mike Burton, Anika Hedberg, Jun Gon Kim, Lauren Kim, Christin To

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Remix

Remix
Harvard GSD Career Discovery

The new artist's cooperative for the Fort Point district is to be a cultural hub for the Boston area. The concept was was based on the surrounding neighborhood sculpting the building through urban axial forces. The resulting building type is a hybrid art school, museum, apartment building and factory that reminds the inhabitants of it place in the urban environment.

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Interpolation

Interpolation
Harvard GSD Career Discovery

A housing project based on 2 families living separately but are interlocked physically.

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› Interpolation Video

Play on Shadows

FLO TV PTV

FLO TV Personal Television PTV 350
designed for frog Design

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FLOTV Channel Builder

Channel Builder
designed for frog Design

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Graduate School of Design

Website Design for the Architecture Department
http://architecture.gsd.harvard.edu

Created with Wes Thomas

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Nyaya Health

Brand and Website Design
www.nyayahealth.org

Created with Wes Thomas

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Entourage

A Harvard Design School webapp
created with Wes Thomas

Live Demo

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