Karen Seong is a licensed architect in California and New York, a LEED accredited professional, and NCARB certified. Through onsite and online teaching, she seeks inclusivity in architectural education. She is a contributing author in a forthcoming book examining identity formation within the architectural design studio.

Karen’s teaching philosophy is stimulated by an interest in seeking innovation in the margins of established practices. Her pedagogy places an emphasis on materials studies and a process-oriented design method. She firmly believes that inventiveness is the most meaningful and relevant when it is grounded in an understanding of the current limitations in the building industry. Her design research is centered on crafting a conceptual strategy to draw out latent opportunities.

Prior to teaching, she led large award-winning projects in the US and abroad ranging from high-rise to institutional buildings in the US and in the Middle East. She holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with high honors from UC Berkeley.

Karen has previously taught at UC Berkeley and has been a guest critic at various institutions in the US and in Korea. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University with distinction. 

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