J. Jih

Associate Professor of the Practice

J. is principal of Studio J.Jih and Associate Professor of the Practice in architectural design at MIT. Their pedagogy and practice center on cultures of form; the discursive relations of the architectural figure with material systems, geometry, cultural practices, and identity. Studio J.Jih was named one of Architect Magazine's Next Progressives in 2022, and Architectural Record's Design Vanguard in 2023. J. received the Rotch Traveling Fellowship in 2014, and is a co-recipient with Skylar Tibbits of MIT's Professor Amar G. Bose 
Research Grant in 2024 for their work on monomaterial basalt architectures, which supports original, ambitious research agendas. They received their Masters of Architecture 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. 


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.