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About N H D M 

N H D M is a New York-based collaborative practice for design and research in architecture and urbanism, founded by its partners Nahyun Hwang and David Eugin Moon. The studio pursues an expanded practice of architecture and works across disciplinary borders engaging a wide range of scales and diverse modes of practice, from built design work to speculative projects and research. Each project uniquely investigating underexplored spatial concepts in the context of the cultural, political, and economic complexities of the contemporary built environment, the work aims to be introspective and analytic yet anticipatory.

N H D M recently completed 12,000 sf renovation of Nam June Paik Art Center, and the current projects include an 18,000 sf museum in Manhattan and a 7-story co-living prototype for marginalized youth combined with municipal educational institutions. The work of N H D M has been recognized through numerous publications and awards including the 2018 AIANY New Practices New York award, the 2012, 2014, and 2018 AIANY Design Honor Awards, the I.D. Annual Design Review Design Distinction, and a New York State Council of Art Grant, and has been exhibited and presented at global venues including the 5th and 6th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at 2014 Venice Biennale, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Center for Architecture New York, UMMA Stenn Gallery, and the Hartell Gallery among others.


Principals 

Nahyun Hwang








Hwang is a registered architect of the State of New York and Massachussetts, and  holds a Master's degree in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

Until founding N H D M, Hwang practiced as a Senior Associate at James Corner Field Operations, and played a critical role in the design and implementation of the firm’s High Line Section 1 and Section 2 as the Lead Designer (2004-2006) and Lead Project Designer (2007-2010), heading a multidisciplinary design team of architects, landscape architects, and others. Under the direction of Stan Allen, she was also a project designer for the architectural elements for Field Operations’ 2,200 acre public park Fresh Kills, the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus Master Plan, and the proposal for the Taichung Contemporary Music Center in Taiwan.

Prior to Field Operations, she practiced at Stan Allen Architects;Herzog & de Meuron; OMA; and the studio of Rafael Moneo, contributing to a wide range of built and speculative projects, including the Walker Art Center expansion in Minneapolis, MN; "La Reserva" housing prototypes in Santiago, Chile; Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, Dallas, TX; and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA.

Hwang has taught at Universiry of Michigan and Cornell University, and currently teaches advanced design studios at Columbia University. Hwang is a 2010 University of Michigan Muschenheim Fellow and a recipient of 2016 New York State Council of Art Independent Projects Grant.

David Eugin Moon





Moon is a registered architect of the State of New York and the Netherlands, and holds a Master's degree in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Until founding N H D M, Moon practiced in offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and as a key designer at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam and New York. His contributions at OMA include the Koningen Julianaplein in the Hague, the PRADA Transformer in Seoul, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the White City W12 master plan in London, the Museum Plaza project in Louisville, the Cordoba Congress Center in Cordoba, Spain, and research work for AMO.

Other works prior to OMA include the Yokohama Mixed Use Housing Competition and Sagaponac House while working for Shigeru Ban in Tokyo, and the New School Renovation, artist’s residence, and Tamarkin condominiums for 1100 Architect.

Moon has was previously faculty in the Architecture Department at Cornell University, Yale University, and the Taubman College at the University of Michigan. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP, where he teaches options studio and seminars. Moon’s current research examines the notion of architectural speculation in the context of the contemporary milieu as well as research and design work on the architectural program.






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