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2016 AIABaltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series 3: The Beauty of Place: Mikyoung Kim

March 30, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

1.5 AIA/HSW LUs available


This year, the AIABaltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation Spring Lecture Series will take a critical look at Manufacturing Beauty.

Beauty has the power to arouse the senses and create a greater capacity for empathy. However, our modern understanding of beauty still tends to be limited and undervalued. We live in an era where everything is measured, material goods are prized and impersonal exchanges are the norm. And yet, beauty in the built environment can still move us and teach us something new about ourselves and the spaces we inhabit.  At a time when efficiency, expense and the bottom line are often project drivers, has beauty for beauty’s sake become a lost model from a bygone era?

What is the value of beauty? This series highlights designers working to answer this question through science, details, place, process and innovation.

Beauty of PLACE

Featuring: Mikyoung Kim of Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston, MA

mikyoungMikyoung Kim is an award-winning international landscape architect and founder of Mikyoung Kim Design: a landscape architecture, urban planning, and site art firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Before discovering the world of landscape architecture, Mikyoung studied sculpture and music at Oberlin College and Conservatory. She continued to study landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she received her MLA. Shortly after graduating, she opened her own firm, and for the past twenty years Mikyoung Kim Design has created an award winning and internationally renowned body of work that spans the U.S., East Asia, and the Middle East.

Mikyoung’s background in sculpture and music has greatly influenced the direction of her firm’s work, which serves as a platform to blend the realms of landscape architecture and environmental art. Mikyoung has helped to shape a large variety of landscapes from public art installations and children’s playgrounds, to urban plazas and campus master plans. The firm applies a hands-on process from the very beginning of a project all the way through construction, employing a combination of current computer modeling techniques and hand made models and landscape mockups to fully explore the design potentials in each commission they receive. MKD places significant emphasis on use of contemporary materials informed by a nuanced understanding of material functionality, which unsurprisingly contributes to the quality their award-winning work. Not only does the work of Mikyoung Kim Design highlight the sculptural and artistic value of the land, but it also stands to confront environmental issues while celebrating “the beauty of our collective human experience.”

Event Details
All lectures begin at 6pm and are followed by a reception. Lectures are held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center.

Public Transit:
The lecture location is within walking distance of several public transit options including:
-UB/Mount Royal Light Rail Stop
-Circulator Bus (Purple Line) at N. Charles and Mount Royal Avenue
-Penn Station: Amtrak/MARC

100 Free parking spots will be available in the RK&K parking lot at 81 W Mosher St, Baltimore. The lot is located at the east end of Mosher Street, one block east of Mt. Royal Avenue and accessible from the northbound lane only. The lot will close at 9pm.


March 2 – The SCIENCE of Beauty
Dr. Ed Connor PhD, Neuroaesthetics, Director of the JHU Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, Baltimore, MD (3-D Glasses Included)

March 16Beauty in the DETAILS
Ilias Papageorgiou of SO-IL, New York, NY

March 30 Beauty of PLACE
ASLA Lecture. Mikyoung Kim of Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston, MA

April 13 The Beauty of PROCESS
Mark Smout of Smout Allen, London, UK

April 27 The Beauty of INNOVATION
Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote, New York, NY

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Image: ChonGae Canal Restoration, Seoul, Korea, 2005. Courtesy Mikyoung Kim Design.

 Thank you to our generous sponsors

Major Sponsors

Major Sponsors

K.C. Company – Pella Windows and Doors
Maryland Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Merritt Construction Services**
Maryland Institute College of Art and the Department of Architecture
Gutierrez Studios**
Corinthian Sponsors
American Cedar & Millwork*
Ayers Saint Gross
BKM | Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates *
BCT Architects
CADD Microsystems
Centria Architectural Systems
Design Collective, Inc**
Forest City – New East Baltimore Partnership
Legacy Restorations, Inc*
Murphy & Dittenhafer, Architects
Penza Bailey Architects, Inc
Price Modern, LLC*
SM+P Architects
Smithouse Construction *
Swirnow Building Systems
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co, Inc*
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance*
TW Perry*
Vision Technologies, Inc*
Window & Door Planning Consultants, LLC*
Younts Design, Inc*
Ionic Sponsors
Colimore Architects
GWWO Inc/Architects
Henry Adams*
Hord Coplan Macht*
James Posey Associates, Inc*
Mueller Associates*
North Point Builders, Inc*
Potomac Valley Brick and Supply Company*
Preservation Maryland
Read & Company Architects, Inc
Rubeling & Associates, Inc*
Site Resources*
Skarda & Associates, Inc*
Tandus | Centiva
Wohlsen Construction*
Doric Sponsors
Ames & Gough*
Bruce Dunlop Lighting Design, LLC
Centric Business Systems*
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc*
Core Design Studio
Design Force Solutions
DoublEdge Design, LLC*
Harris Kupfer Architects
Keast  & Hood*
MAG-Lighting Design, LLC
Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc*
Morabito Consultants, Inc*
Mullan Contracting Company*
National Facilities Management and Technology Conference Expo*
Palindrome Design: Lighting & Interiors*
Phillips Way*
RK&K | Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP*
Southway Builders, Inc*
Structura, Inc*
T3XTURE Archizine
The Blue Book Network*
Ziger/Snead LLP Architects*
*Annual Sponsor
**Annual + Lecture Series Sponsor

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March 30, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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MICA Brown Center – Falvey Hall
1301 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
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