University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Track 2 – 11:15 AM, Saturday, May 25

Confirmed speakers as of May 1, 2013.


Alice Kimm

Alice Kimm is a partner in the Los Angeles firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK). A former Fulbright Scholar, she is also the current director of undergraduate architecture and associate professor at the USC School of Architecture.

Designed for urban and cultural literacy, JFAK’s work spans public schools, university research and activity centers, commercial ventures, houses, and housing.  It has been recognized for its technological, material, and sustainable intelligence, as well as for its spatial fluidity, quality of light, and social significance.

The firm’s Los Angeles Design Center, an adaptive reuse project located in South Los Angeles that was a catalyst for urban revitalization, received an AIA Institute Honor Award and the Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence. The firm recently completed its second project for the California Institute of Technology—the LEED-Platinum Resnick Institute for Sustainability and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis—and will break ground shortly on its La Kretz Innovation Campus for the City of Los Angeles’ new Cleantech Corridor.  With these projects, JFAK continues to incorporate developing technologies, drawing upon the expertise of its clients and collaborators to realize a fully integrated, performative, and artful design intelligence.  Kimm and her partner were named Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of New York in 2004. In 2010, she was elevated to the Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects.


Jeong Jae Eun

Jae-eun Jeong graduated from the School of Film, TV & Multimedia of the Korea National University of Arts (K-Arts). Her first feature film was Take Care of My Cat (고양이를 부탁해, 2001), a story of friendship and growth among four women in their twenties. The film won the Netpac Award at the Busan International Film Festival; earned a special mention in the competition section of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was invited to the Young Forum section at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). It was also  released theatrically in Japan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States, and received numerous awards including the Hong Kong International Film Festival’s International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize, and the Cinema Jove International Film Festival’s Best Picture Award.

Jeong’s short film, The Man with an Affair (2003), was included as part of the film omnibus If You Were Me, commissioned by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. Her second feature, The Aggressives (태풍태양, 2005)—a film about urban youngsters in the local inline skating subculture of Seoul—was shown at Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2009, Jeong pursued a new interest in documentary filmmaking, centering on urban, environmental, and architectural themes. Her first documentary film, Taking Architect, about Korea architect Chung Guyon, was completed in 2012. She is currently working on her second documentary film project, City: Hall, about the process of building the new Seoul City Hall.


Young-min KooYoung-min Koo is a professor of the division of architecture at Inha University, in Incheon, Korea.  He also serves as a visiting and exchange professor in France, China, and Russia. As the founder and design director of ‘Design Network hAUs’ of Korea, he has been engaged in architectural practice both at home and abroad. His projects range from residences to multi-functional complex and campus plans to large-scale urban design.

In addition to these projects, Mr. Koo produces works based on paper architecture, which have been presented at four solo exhibitions in Heyri, Incheon, Seoul and Ulsan as well as numerous international exhibitions. He won the grand prix of the UIA International Competition in the 4th region (Asia/Pacific) in 2006. Engaged in diverse social activities, he has served as a presidential commissioner, the president of Incheon Foundation of Architecture, and a professional consultant for various organizations. His major publications include “Poetics of Cracks,” “Machine in the Garden,” and “Urban Pagoda;” and several books including Dialogue in-betweenImageable PlateauRefuge Dream of Architect in 30s Living in IncheonThrough Architecture, and Rediscovery of Incheon.


Eui Sung YiEui-Sung Yi is currently a principal of Morphosis Architects and director of The Now Institute at UCLA. He received his bachelor of architecture at Cornell University and his master of architecture at Harvard University.

Yi has been involved with academia and scholarship for over fifteen years in Asia and the United States. Currently, he is an adjunct associate professor at USC School of Architecture where he was the director of the master of architecture programs from 2007 – 2010. He has co-taught extensively in UCLA with Thom Mayne on urban research initiatives, including the Award-winning LA Now: Volume 3, 4.

Additionally, he has been an American Institute of Architects national speaker on urban design and sustainability for two national conventions. Presently, he is an executive on the Docomomo International committee in charge of the 2014 conference in Seoul, Korea.

He has worked extensively in Asia and the U.S. Most recently, he was the vice president of design at Chang-jo Architects in Korea where he oversaw the completion of his competition-winning Korean Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and the Korean Consulate in Guangzhou, China. His working relationship with Morphosis and Thom Mayne spans over 15 years.