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Kyuha Shim

PhD Work


  • Kyuha Shim
  • PhD


    School of Communication


    Visual Communication, 2013–

  • Kyuha Shim (Q) is a designer, researcher and lecturer based in London. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art (RCA), as well as being a Visiting Lecturer on the College's MA Information Experience Design programme. He holds an MFA in Digital+Media from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA, and a BFA in Digital Media Design from Hongik University, South Korea.

    Q worked as a design researcher (2013) and visiting artist (2014) at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands, focusing on visual systems that use of computation. Prior to this, he was a research fellow / data visualisation specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the  SENSEable City Laboratory, and was a faculty member at RISD. He has also worked at LUST (NL) and Vinyl (KR) studios. His projects have been selected for various international design awards and featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. 

    Q works in the integrative and interdisciplinary realm of art, design and technology, with particular interest in the language of systematic and playful patterns in design and computation. Central to his practice is the use of data as the primary medium in creating a complete, narrative system informed and driven by integrated processes of visualisation, fabrication and installation. 

  • Degrees

  • MFA Digital+Media, Rhode Island School of Design, 2010
  • Experience

  • Design Researcher, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands. 2013–14; Research Fellow / Data Visualisation Specialist, MIT SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts, USA, 2012–13
  • Exhibitions

  • Performing Space, Somerset House, London, UK, 2016; National Design Triennial, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA, 2015