Engagement of the Cultural Differences Between North Korean Refugee Students and South Korean students in Seoul

About Me

Keebaik Sim



Keebaik Sim is a designer, interdisciplinary artist, and urbanist. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D track of History, Theory and Society in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with a Master in Design Studies (MDes) in Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) in May 2017. Prior to attending Harvard, he gained a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in May 2012. He worked in various design firms and gained perspectives on how designs form different engagement and relationships among community members.


His research focus is on designing various cultural interventions between social groups with different power differentials – broadly categorized as “minorities” and “majorities.” For his thesis project at the GSD, he researched, designed, and implemented a series of cultural interventions between North Korean refugee students and South Korean students in Seoul, Republic of Korea in order to promote understanding between one another.