Karen YunJin Seong, Undergraduate Assistant Director

Karen YunJin Seong
Undergraduate Assistant Director, School of Architecture


Karen Seong is the Undergraduate Assistant Director of the School of Architecture at the Academy of Art University. In onsite and online teaching, she seeks to bring inclusivity to architectural education. She is a contributing author in a forthcoming book on the pedagogy of examining identity formation within the architectural design studio.

Prior to teaching, she held leadership positions with Skidmore Owings and Merrill in New York and San Francisco working collaboratively with large international teams on award-winning projects ranging from high-rise to institutional buildings in the US and the Middle East. She is a licensed architect in California and New York and is a LEED accredited professional.

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