Keebaik Sim is a designer, interdisciplinary artist, and urbanist. He is a founder and a creative director at Urban Platz, reconnecting disconnected or alienated neighbors to help improve communities. He graduated with a Master in Design Studies (MDes) in Art, Design and the Public Domain at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) in 2017. Prior to attending Harvard, he gained a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in 2012. He worked in various design firms and gained perspectives on how designs form different engagement and relationships among community members.
His research focus is on designing various cultural interventions between social groups with different power differentials – broadly categorized as “minorities” and “majorities.” For his thesis project at the GSD, he researched, designed, and implemented a series of cultural interventions between North Korean defector students and South Korean students in Seoul, Republic of Korea in order to promote understanding between one another. This thesis has won the Public Design Competition and was awarded a grant from the Seoul Metropolitan Government.