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HKU Department of Architecture: Fall 2023 Public Lecture Series - The Good Life <Migrating Commons>


HKU Department of Architecture

Fall 2023 Public Lecture Series

The Good Life


Speaker: Nahyun Hwang, founding principal of N H D M


Lecture Title: Migrating Commons


Date: 7 November 2023 (Tuesday)

Time: 6:30–8:00pm

Venue: KB419, 4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong


Lecture Abstract:

The contemporary landscapes of increasing socio-economic, political, and environmental flux bring the changing conditions and manifestations of belonging to the fore. Through recent projects of N H D M, Hwang will explore emergent notions of kinships and spaces of communality in the milieu, and the possibilities of new agentive futurity that may challenge the past hegemonies, of racialization, colonialism, and anthropocentrism.     



Nahyun Hwang is an architect, educator, and founding principal of N H D M, an NYC-based practice for design and research in architecture and urbanism. The studio pursues an expanded practice of architecture, working across geographies and disciplinary borders and in a wide range of scales and modes of output, often in a direct dialogue with the cultural, political, and ecological complexities of the contemporary built environment. The work of N H D M has been recognized through numerous supports and awards, including the 2023 Architectural League Emerging Voices award, the 2023 and 2019 Graham Foundation Grant, the 2020 Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award, the 2019 DOMUS’ 100+ best architecture firms, the 2018 AIANY New Practices New York award, and multiple AIANY Design Awards. The firm’s work has been presented at global venues, including the 14th and the 17th Architectural Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, the 5th and 6th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and Storefront for Art and Architecture, among others, and most recently at the Korean Pavilion in 2023 18th Architectural Exhibition at the Venice Biennale with project "Migrating Futures." The publication "Now You Belong Here: Small Island Disappearing States" on post and neo-colonial environmental injustice, territorial mobility, and new agency and belonging in the context of climate change is forthcoming in 2024.


Until founding N H D M, Hwang practiced as a Senior Associate at James Corner Field Operations and as the Lead Designer (2004-2006) and Lead Project Designer (2007-2010) for the High Line Sections 1 and 2, heading a multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, and others. Prior to FO, she practiced at Stan Allen Architects; Herzog & de Meuron; OMA; and the studio of Rafael Moneo.


Hwang is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP and has taught at Cornell University and the University of Michigan. Hwang holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.



Social Media Contact Information:

Instagram: @nhdm_arch , @nahyun.hwang