J. Jih

Associate Professor of the Practice

J.Jih (they/them) is principal of Studio J.Jih and Lecturer in architectural design at MIT. Their pedagogy and practice center on the discursive relations of the architectural figure with material systems, geometry, choreography and identity. Studio J.Jih was named one of Architect Magazine's Next Progressives in 2022, and has received design awards from the American Institute of Architect and Boston Society of Architects. 

Prior to founding Studio J. Jih, J. worked for Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Howeler+Yoon Architecture, and IwamotoScott. They received their Masters of Architecture in 2012 from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where they were awarded the Faculty Design Award for Design Excellence. They hold a B.A. in Architectural Studies and Sculpture from Brown University, Magna cum Laude, with Honors, and studied at the Architectural Association in London. In 2014, they received the Rotch Traveling Scholarship, an endowed scholarship which funds one architect to travel and research architecture around the world for eight months. J. has lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, is a licensed architect in the State of Massachusetts, and is a member of the AIA. 


Tracing Queerness: Archiving the Ephemeral [exhibition photograph by Brooke Holm]
This exhibit proposes an alternate mode of assembling a community-driven queer space to ask: how do queer spatial practices simultaneously orient the queer community and dis-orient familiar ways of knowing self, space, and time? The curators offer a glimpse into this ongoing, contingent process of tracing the worlds we inherit and disinherit through contributions from a vast and growing community of artists, scholars, party-goers, activists, historians, and architects, among others, building up an inclusive and expanded notion of citation that bridges between the social, the spatial, and the academic. Tracing Queerness also invites visitors to contribute something as kin and become part of an expansive and ephemeral set of relations – neither entirely digital nor physical – in order to be transformed by the spaces they have shaped and reimagined.