SOM Prizes Awarded to MIT Alumni

Please join us in congratulating Jongwan Kwon, M.Arch '16, on receipt of the 2016 SOM Prize in Architecture, an annual $50,000 research and travel prize. Jongwan's research proposal, "After Efficiency: Logistics Infrastructure from a Regional Perspective," focuses on the impact of major international gateways (ports, airports, canals and tunnels) on their regional environments. Through travel and research on sites on four continents, Jongwan seeks to identify new possibilities for infrastructure solutions which are a synthesis of social, cultural, ecological, and sustainable design.

Jongwan graduated from Hanyang University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Architecture.While at MIT, Jongwan served as a Teaching Assistant to both undergraduate and graduate architecture studios. Jongwan gained professional experience in internationally recognized offices including Kengo Kuma and Associates and Morphosis Architects. Upon graduation, Jongwan was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in the MIT Department of Architecture. Jongwan’s career aspirations include both teaching and practice, with a particular focus on investigating contemporary issues to inspire architecture and urban design.

Jongwan's SOM prize follows on Nathan Brown's (SMBT '16, current PhD BT) receipt of the $20,000 SOM Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship this past spring; Erioseto Hendranata, M.Arch '14, receipt of the 2014 SOM Prize, Masoud Akbarzadeh's SMArchS Computation '11, receipt of the 2011 SOM Travel Fellowship, and Azra Dawood's, SMArchS Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture '10, receipt of the 2010 SOM Travel Fellowship.

Congratulations to both! For more information on the prize, visit the SOM Prize website.