Discipline: Architecture – design

Janette Kim

Discipline: Architecture – design
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Janette Komoda Kim’s work focuses on the politics of ecology. She works in partnership with community-based organizations and municipal agencies to support a more equitable redistribution of land, resources and risk. Her projects include the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, the Win-Win board game series, Safari audio tours on urban ecology, the Fall Kill Creek Master Plan, and the National AIDS Memorial.

Kim is the co-author of The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform and is an associate professor at California College of the Arts, where she co-directs a research lab called Urban Works Agency.

At MacDowell, Kim worked on her second book, Property Playbook, which will illustrate how activists and architects can work together to co-opt property law and foster a just and ecologically vibrant built environment. The book presents twenty-four “plays,” or strategies for reclaiming ownership, championed by community-based organizations across the United States. In residence, she created a series of drawings for the book, which was recently awarded the 2024 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research in 2024.



Janette Kim worked in the Alexander studio.

Originally designed to be a visual art gallery, this facility was built in memory of the late John White Alexander (1856-1915) and funded by Elizabeth Alexander and their son James. John White Alexander was highly regarded as a portrait painter and, in the early part of the 20th century, served…

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