Dongsei Kim founded axu studio in 2010 as a platform for research and praxis that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. 

Dongsei Kim ANZIA

Dongsei Kim is the founder of axu studio. He is an architect, urbanist, and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at New York Institute of Technology. His research and practice examine the architecture and urbanism's relationship to nation-state borders and their spatial implications across scales. His research on the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was invited to exhibitions such as the Golden Lion Award-winning Crow's Eye View exhibition at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale (2014); the REAL DMZ PROJECT exhibition in Seoul, Korea (2015); Over the Boundary exhibition, Brisbane, Australia (2016), and (im)positions exhibition at the Melbourne School of Design, Melbourne, Australia (2017). He also recently participated in the inaugural Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2017. His writings have been published in journals such as Topos, Volume, Inflection, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, Kerb, The Site Magazine, and in books such as The North Korean Atlas, Critical Landscapes, Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula, and Chandigarh Rethink. Further, Domus, The New York Times, and Dwell Magazine among others have cited his work.

Dongsei has previously taught design studios and theory seminars at Columbia University, Carleton University, RMIT University, Monash University, Korea University, Kyunghee University, and Victoria University of Wellington. Dongsei regularly lectures and engages the public through organizations such as the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Queensland, Far East Institute, and North Korea Research Institute and served as a Research Advisory Committee member at the Institute of Trans-Division and Border Studies (ITBS) in Seoul, Korea.

He holds a Master in Design Studies with distinction from Harvard University, GSD; a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, GSAPP; and a 5-year professional B.Arch (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington. He is an architect member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA).

Previous work: CCM Architects (2004-2008), PLAN_C Architects (2009-2010)

Yisoo Choi

Yisoo Choi holds a Master of Arts in Spanish Art History with a concentration in Spanish contemporary art from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain and her Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Previously she was a project coordinator at Samuso: Space for Contemporary Art, a Seoul-based curatorial office led by Sunjung Kim from 2013 to 2015. She coordinated the Real DMZ Project, a contemporary art project on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea and its border region, and organized its exhibitions, public programs, and artists’ productions.   


Interdisciplinary cross-fertilization is fundamental to axu studio's operation. Below are selected current and past collaborators. 

Daekwon Park. Meta-Territory_Studio, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Daniel Ibañez. Margen-Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA.
D. Chung. NYC, USA.
Dongwook Hwang. Building Laboratory Architecture, Seoul, Korea
Elena Gianpapa. Columbia University, GSAPP, NYC, USA.
Elena Vanz. Melbourne, Australia.
Heejoo Shi. NYC, USA.
Jack Isles. RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.   
Jamieson Fajardo. LA, USA. 
Jaegeum Lim. LA, USA.
John Jhee. NYC, USA.
J.K. Beijing. China.
Kenny Chun, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
Kyle Bush. RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.  
Lukas Pauer. RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.  
Mikhail Rodrick. Melbourne, Australia.
Minhwa Lee, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
Namju Lee. NJ Studio, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Peter J. Poole. Arctos & Bird, Banff, Canada.
Rodrigo Rubio. Margen-Lab, Madrid, Spain.
Seoyoung Kim. Curator, FU Berlin & A Radical Place, Berlin, Germany.
Soyoung Chung. Artist, Seoul, Korea.
Toby Horrocks. Toby Horrocks Architecture, Melbourne, Australia.
Tommy Yang. NYC, USA.
Troy Donovan. Sydney, Australia.
Welan Chu. Melbourne, Australia.

Updated September 2020.

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