Kris Mun, PhD
Dr. Mun comes to us from the University of Southern California where she has taught undergraduate and graduate studios and lecture courses for the past five years. She received her BS degree from Arizona State, her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and her PhD from the Architectural Association in London.
Dr. Mun is also a registered architect. Her design practice ranges in scale from small industrial design projects, medium sized pavilions to large scale works including a 1st prize award for a 600,000 sf general hospital in Italy that engages the latest trends in renewable energy resources. Approaching design by analog and digital modes of production, she experiments with the latest CAD/CAM design and manufacturing technologies to invent and push the limits of architecture. Her research questions how machines and bodies can form a synthesis in our environment, informing our spatial environment as well as building it. Her work is centered on the idea of Empathic Architecture, “architecture that feels”. Projects involve designing sensor based interactive/immersive environments, making highly unique machines, bio-tech wearables and new materials researches that all supports the idea of an intelligently-connected empathic world.
In addition to USC School of Architecture, Kristine has taught at the Architectural Association (London), Ion Mincu (Romania), University of Bath, University of Brighton, Pratt (NYC), U-Penn, DIA-Bauhaus (Berlin), and Berlage (Rotterdam). She has exhibited internationally at the Architectural Beijing Biennale 2004 and 2006, BAAM Mediterraneo Biennale in 2010, AAST Advanced Architecture Settimo Tokyo Biennale 2009-11, and DigitalFuture Shanghai 2011. She was also the curator for several international architectural exhibitions and a curator/researcher for AAFAB in London that focused on advanced architectural digital fabrication technologies.