Soomeen Hahm

Soomeen Hahm is the founder of SoomeenHahm Design Ltd. She is a design researcher, educator, architectural designer. She is currently a member of the design faculty and robotic researcher at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Prior to that she worked as a Senior Designer for Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), and taught on the B-Pro program at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture. Pursuing the fast-shifting computational paradigm in architecture across multiple scales and perspectives, her research and practice are focused on examining the ecology of computational power, technology and human intuition, and studying what impact this might have on the design industry and the built environment. Soomeen’s most recent research work is on the use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to execute complex and creative forms which are digitally created with human craftsmanship. This work examines and questions the future role of humans, robots, machines and computers in the age of AI. Influenced by these strong academic interests, her practice bridges between academic projects and commercial practices. Soomeen’s office practice provides expertise in conceptual design solutions that span from a range of small products to large architecture and urban design projects. Soomeen led a team that won the competition to design an installation for the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennale. Their design, the Steampunk pavilion, was a recipient of the 2020 DigitalFUTURES project award.