Our work brings health and well-being to our global environment and local neighborhoods. As designers of restorative landscapes, we address some of the most pressing environmental and health related issues that face us today. We do this through our research-both in human cognition and in green storm water technologies. Our goal is to create bespoke experiences that improve civic health by drawing people outside and engaging the natural world. Twenty years ago, we began with a focus on human centered design, striving to make the city healthier and more inclusive. Today, our evidence based design work engages communities and landscapes across the spectrum. From waterfronts and workplaces to public gardens and healthcare centers, we are interested in bringing restoration and wonder to the everyday experience.
WBE & MBE in MA, NY, PA, TN
HR + Office Manager
Director of Marketing
Alek De Mott
Mikyoung Kim, Founding Principal
Mikyoung Kim is the founder and design director of Mikyoung Kim Design. Her work is focused on bringing the science and art of resiliency and healthy living into the landscape experience. She is known for culturally significant designs that serve as a powerful tool to celebrate the beauty of the collective human experience. Mikyoung’s diverse background in design, music and sculpture has shaped her body of humanistic work, blurring the boundaries between the landscape, ecology and architecture. From large scale urban and waterfront parks to botanic gardens, her work reflects a deep commitment to memorable place making that captures the public imagination.
Throughout her career, she has crafted an exceptional body of work that has been highlighted in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record, Dwell, Surface, Garden Design, and the Chicago Tribune. Mikyoung is a recipient of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and the ASLA National Design Medal. She was named by Architecture Digest as an AD Innovator and is a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects. Mikyoung's firm has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies in the world.
A frequent international speaker, she has spoken at Yale University, the Gardner Museum, Stanford University and the National Building Museum in Washington DC. She has served on numerous juries including the Rome Prize jury and the Heinz Awards. Mikyoung currently serves on the Mayor's appointed Civic Design Commission in Boston. She has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a Professor Emerita at the Rhode Island School of Design where she was awarded the college's Dean's Leadership Award. Mikyoung was trained as a concert pianist at Oberlin College and Conservatory, studied Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and public art at MIT. While at Harvard, she was an Olmsted Scholar and received the Norman T. Newton Prize and the Jacob Weidenman Prize.
Jessica Gibbons, HR + Office Manager
Jessica works with the administrative team and oversees human resources at MYKD’s. She has over ten years of experience in administration, coordination, and human resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Keene State College.
Ian Downing, Associate Principal
Ian is an associate principal and is the technical director for the studio. He manages projects throughout their entirety, with a special focus on ensuring a smooth process from design development through final construction and implementation. At MYKD, Ian facilitates a dialogue between designers and builders to enhance landscape details and streamline the construction process. Ian appreciates how the design-build environment sparks rapid innovation, new construction methods, and material combinations. With an eye towards sustainability, he implements environmentally responsible design strategies and has extensive experience with LEED projects. Ian has lectured extensively on the importance of responsive and sustainable detailing including presentations at the national American Society of Landscape Architects Convention. A graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, Ian has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
Emmett Gregory, Senior Associate
Emmett is an associate and senior project manager. His experience with large waterfront public parks and urban renewal projects gives him the skills to lead design teams on many resilient focused planning projects across the firm.
Emmett is passionate about working with people to better their communities through design. He enjoys the creative process and believes first and foremost the design must be effective and address the problems at hand. At MYKD, Emmett helps to guide a team of designers on variety of projects from the Texas Medical Center research campuses to urban infill and public park spaces in downtown Boston.
At MYKD, Emmett helps to guide a team of designers on variety of projects from the Texas Medical Center research campuses to urban infill and public park spaces in downtown Boston. Emmett holds a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.
Alexandria Batiste, Designer
Alex is interested in community-driven impactful design with a focus on design that strengthens neighborhoods through a focus on health and well-being. Trained as an architect, she brings a detail oriented work ethic to all her projects. Alex's projects include Eastman and McDermott Court at MIT and the Somernova Project in Somerville. Alex received a B.S. in Architecture with a minor in Engineering and a Masters of Architecture from Northeastern University.
Bryan Chou, Associate Principal
Bryan Chou is an associate principal and senior design leader at Mikyoung Kim Design. Under Bryan’s leadership, the firm’s cross-disciplinary design process has been guided by a research-based ideology. Bryan has presented at numerous conferences, including the Greater and Greener Parks Conference and the Cooper Hewitt’s Design Symposium. Bryan is active in the local and national design community and has served as a jury member for the Philadelphia Airport Image Maker Competitions and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects’ awards program. He has also been a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Pathways to Inclusion.
Bryan is a registered Landscape Architect and holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a B.A. in Environmental Planning from the University of Washington. He has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has been a guest critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Michele Chen, Designer
Michelle is interested in discovering and visualizing ethnographic cultures, ecological processes and psychological engagement in the design of communities in the public realm. She is interested in work that crosses boundaries between the various design professions. She has received awards from the BSLA and the International Design Ideas Competition for her project, "Reciprocal Living- Local Forest Coalitions"
Michele holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture and L.A in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.S. in Architecture with a minor in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Henry Lyon, Director of Marketing
Henry is the Marketing Director at MYKD and oversees our research wing of our studio. He specializes in marketing and business development and oversees both internal an external communication developing strategies for brand building and team management. He manages the research and analysis for our neurodiversity research wing of the studio overseeing grant submissions and media communications. Henry holds a B.A from Bennington College.
Jessica Hamilton, Senior Associate
Jess oversees the day-to-day of highly urbanized sites working from concept development to construction. She has extensive experience in managing complex teams and overseeing coordination of consultants throughout the life of a project. She is also the research coordinator for our research wing that is focused on neurodiversity.
Her professional experience has equipped her with the ability to think critically and perform as both a team leader and a strong collaborator. Jess is a registered Landscape Architect.
With a focus on health and wellness, Jess has contributed her leadership to the Ford Michigan Central Project and the first LGBTQ seniors housing campus in Massachusetts.
Jess received her bachelor’s degree in interactive marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology and her master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Washington.
Nicholas Neville, Project Designer
Nick is a designer and marketing assistant. His focus has been in developing construction details and coordinating construction administration processes. Currently, Nick is working on the Boston Children’s Hospital Hale Building Gardens Construction oversight as well as the Mass General Brigham Hospital design. Nick received his bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from University of New Hampshire and has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center.
Margaret Gerhart, Associate
Margaret believes that landscape design has the power to heal communities which have been historically bisected. As a senior project manager, she has worked on large scale urban developments and resiliency projects from coast to coast in the U.S. She is interested in work on cross-cultural sites, including an independent research study at the University of Pennsylvania on the Korean DMZ ‘Across Borders: Movement and Migration’, which she’s presented at the World Congress. Margaret has always been passionate about mentoring and uplifting BIPOC students within the design field, working with the Center for Architecture Foundation, Spark! and NAMLA. At Penn, she received the 2015 AIANYC Scholarship and the 2016 Anne Fisher Graduate Fellowship. She is the design manager for the Ford Michigan Central Mobility Platform and the Bal Harbour Waterfront Park.
Margaret holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University with a dual Master of Architecture and Masters of Landscape Architecture and Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a registered Landscape Architect in Michigan.
Kevin Moore, Accounting Manager
Kevin leads the studio's accounts while developing overall budgeting and financial planning and reporting. He works closely with our design leaders on billing and project financial planning. He has over 17 years of accounting experience in architectural firms in the Boston area. Kevin holds a BS in Finance and Accounting Management from Northeastern University.
Katherine Hill, Designer
Katherine is interested in biophilic design strategies that unify architectural elements with landscape architecture. She strongly believes in the physical, mental, and social benefits of re-imagining the relationship between the two disciplines and the sustainability opportunities therein. Additionally, she highly values the importance of teaching and volunteering as a medium for design exposure and likes to spend her free time volunteering in her local community.
She was trained as both an architect and landscape architect, gaining experience at several design firms across both disciplines. Katherine holds a bachelor’s in architecture and a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Tennessee.
Alek De Mott, Project Designer
Trained as an Architect and Landscape Architect, Alek has a great interest and appreciation for a wide variety of design styles of the built landscape, with a particular interest in landscape’s connection to history. Alek is a research member of our research wing developing ways to integrate inclusive design into the projects in the studio.
Alek is a recipient of the Susan Nelson Fleiss Travel Scholarship supporting international travel for the purpose of research, design, or personal development.
Alek received his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. In his free time, his passions include hiking, biking, and kayaking. He’s a former Potomac River guide in DC.
Heejung Shin, Project Designer
Heejung is passionate about urban design projects that support resiliency, connect fragmented communities, and restore habitats and environmental systems. Heejung has worked and studied in both the US and Seoul, Korea giving her a unique outlook on ecologically and environmentally functioning urban landscape design strategies. She brings an interest in creating equitable, livable and resilient cities, with a particular focus on design-driven engagement and visual storytelling. Her work at MYKD includes masterplanning design for the Wellesley Science Hill Campus and resiliency parks in Boston in the Seaport District.
Trained as both an architect and landscape architect, she brings numerous years of experience in both fields to her projects. Heejung holds a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Yufei Yan, Project Designer
Yufei believes that landscape architecture has the power to regenerate and transform the environment bringing about a positive change that builds unique connections between communities and their context. She gravitates towards the conservation of the natural environment to provide sustainable design solutions through a balance of urban development to coincide with nature.
At MYKD she’s contributed to the Michigan Central Park Masterplan project and the New Science Hill Masterplan at Wellesley College. She received her bachelor’s degree of Landscape Architecture at SUNY ESF and her MLA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michele Turrini, Project Designer
Michele enjoys investigating the complex ecology of our cities to reveal the nuances of the urban landscape in subtle ways. With keen attention to sustainability, Michele is continually exploring how to integrate landscape into the built environment in innovative and environmentally responsible ways. With experience in architecture and resiliency, his work focuses on unearthing invisible information through interdisciplinary analysis and creating intimate interactions with nature.
At MYKD he is currently working on masterplan projects in Detroit, Michigan, and Boston, MA. Michele holds a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Lu Dai, Project Designer
Lu is interested in pushing disciplinary boundaries and investigating the relationship between, ecology, landscape, urbanism, and architecture. Lu believes landscapes can be the cure for humans both physically as well as mentally bringing healthy living to the community. Her previous design experience equips her with a multifaceted understanding of landscape, environment, and architecture, as well as a diverse skill set. She is focused on the process of design at MYKD working through numerous iterations of design work through Rhino and Grasshopper.
Lu received her Masters in Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Chloe Naese, Designer
From the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires to British Columbia and Bozeman, Chloe finds inspiration for design in the regional ecologies of the places she has lived. Chloe focuses her work on resilience and on honoring the local histories and ecologies. She received her BA from Montana State University and her MLA from the University of British Columbia.
Karla Bazam, Administrative Assistant
Karla oversees the day-to-day operations of the MYKD office and supports the marketing team. They are interested on researching how to improve the relationship between nature and humans through design. In their spare time, Karla likes to be involved in any outdoor or art related activity.
Tong Shen, Project Designer
Tong strives towards designs that are sensitive and responsive to the community, it's culture, history, and ecology. With an interdisciplinary background in engineering and the arts, Tong approaches landscape design as a creative medium that can forge connections between people, spaces, and ideas. Her work focuses on exploring and reflecting “genius loci”—the spirit of place in multi-scale spaces of urban areas through landscape intervention. With a foundation in research and practice, she has a passion for designing, creating, and implementing new strategies to rebuild connections between human and environment, especially in the broad context of challenges from capitalism-driven globalization and climate change.
Tong received her MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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Senior Landscape Architect
Mikyoung Kim Design is seeking a senior Landscape Architect with 8+ years of experience in design and construction. Applicants should have effective verbal and written communication skills and experience with project management in all phases of design and construction including construction administration and specifications. Candidates will be responsible for the efficient development of multiple projects at various sizes and complexities and should highlight their experience with construction management, schedule coordination and team/subconsultant management in their resume and portfolios. Visual portfolios should also include technical drawings, construction detailing and specifications from all stages of design. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree or higher in Landscape Architecture or Architecture. Experience with clear and effective verbal, written and drawing communication is a requirement of this position.
Please send a digital portfolio (<3 MB), letter of interest, CV, and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org to the attention of Karla Bazam.
Entry Level Designer
Mikyoung Kim Design encourages entry level designer with up to 3 years of experience to join our collaborative team working on large scale masterplans to urban plazas and parks. Candidates should share their experience with AutoCAD, the Adobe Suites, Rhino, Lumion and InDesign in their portfolio and have a Bachelor's degree or higher in Landscape Architecture or Architecture. Applicants with strong graphic and/or technical skills and a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply.
Please send a digital portfolio (<5 mb), letter of interest, CV, and 3 references to email@example.com to the attention of Karla Bazam.
No phone solicitations please.
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