The work of SsD explores a version of sustainability that approaches design as a convergent, interdisciplinary, and collaborative venture. In this light, an economy of means is favored over an additive and redundant methodology: Instead of separating aspects of architecture, landscape, history, social systems, and codes into their constituent disciplines, these agendas are simultaneously explored so that minimum form can take maximum effect. Because this approach is inherently based on finding solutions that minimize material and energy use while maximizing performance, sustainability emerges as an integrated result. Along with being published in major media such as Metropolis Magazine, Dwell Magazine, The New Yorker, and PBS, SsD has received many prestigious design awards including the AIA Young Architects Award (2006 and 2009), the Young Architects Forum Award by the Architectural League of NY (2007), an Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction Award (2005), The Metropolis Next GenerationPrize (2004), and six AIA awards (2003-2006). They have lectured and exhibited at many universities and conferences including venues at the Harvard GSD, Ohio State University, and Seoul National University, as well as at several national design conferences. SsD is a certified Minority and Woman owned business.
Jinhee Park received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.F.A. in Industrial Design from Seoul National University. She has received numerous awards including the 2009 AIA Young Architects Award and the 2007 Young Architects Forum Award from the Architectural League of New York. She is currently teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and in the past has taught as the Morgenstern Chair Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and as the Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic at the Boston Architectural College. In addition she has taught an interdisciplinary industrial design / architecture studio as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Houston. She is an active AIA member having served as an awards jury member, is NCARB certified and is registered in New York and Massachusetts.
John Hong received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Graduate School of Design and a B.Sc. in Architecture with Honors from the University of Virginia. He has received many awards including the 2006 AIA Young Architects award. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is an active AIA member having served on the ArchitectureBoston editorial board, is a LEED accredited professional, and is NCARB certified. His professional registrations include New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
Frederick Peter Ortner received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was awarded the Faculty Design Award and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture cum laude from Yale University. Prior to joining SsD, he practiced as a designer at Cesar Pelli Associates and SOM where he contributed to a wide range of architectural and urban design projects of great complexity. At SsD, he continues to play a significant role in the firm’s major projects including Heyri Gallery, 8 Towers, and Braver House.