Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura are founding partners of IKD. Cross-disciplinary in nature, IKD is a design firm with a focus on creating spaces for art. They offer a broad spectrum of skill and experience to institutions and private collectors, delivering comprehensive design services covering all facets of displaying collections. IKD provides fresh, innovative solutions for the smallest details of art exhibits as well as projects on the grandest scale: museum spaces built from the ground up.
IKD’s projects are many and varied. Off the Wall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA, included the renovation of a gallery space and casework design in the historic Old Palazzo and featured many of the most important works from the collection. They mounted the first ever museum retrospective of a single video game designer, The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer, at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. The Boston Society of Architects was the site for their Urban Timber: From Seed to City exhibition.
Kim and Itakura are also involved with smaller-scale building and art projects. Outside-In, a timber installation at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, MA, won the CORE77 Built Environment Award, as well as an honorable mention in Architect magazine’s 2016 R+D awards. Recently, IKD has been hired to curate and design Timber City, an exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, that advocates for a return to timber construction in our urban cores.
Before establishing IKD, Kim accrued over a decade of professional architectural experience. Most recently Kim was with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa, Italy, and completed the design and construction of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum extension in Boston, MA. Kim has also worked with Wood+Zapata and Carlos Zapata Studio on a number of projects including Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago and the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Kim brings to his architectural work a love of materials and craftsmanship that comes from his background as a sculpture as well as a custom furniture fabricator for Grace Lee Design in Cambridge, MA. Kim completed a bachelor of arts degree at Bard College and a master of architecture degree at Harvard Graduate School of Design. In addition to being a partner of IKD, he is also an associate and director of the Boston office for TSKP studio. In addition to his professional practice, Kim serves as chair for the Boston Society of Architects Museum and Exhibition Design Committee and co-chair of the Harvard Asian Alumni Alliance – Boston. He is also a faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design and has taught design studios at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Northeastern University.
Itakura completed bachelor of arts degrees in architecture and dramatic arts at University of California, Berkeley, and a master of architecture degree at Harvard Graduate School of Design. In addition to being a partner of IKD, she also is head of exhibition design at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.