Feb 23, 2022, 6PM–8PM

Adèle Naudé Santos and Na Kim in Conversation

Adèle Naudé Santos (l), and Na Kim (r).

Join architect Adèle Naudé Santos and designer Na Kim in conversation with ICA Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Curator Alex Klein to ruminate on where their practices connect in Santos’s original design of ICA’s building.

Kim, who often works with found compositions she encounters in everyday objects, was inspired by Santos’s desire to bridge the space between the ICA art galleries with life on the street. In Kim’s site-specific installation, produced in collaboration with Maharam, Santos’s vision is celebrated and realized anew.

This online conversation will premiere on this page on February 23 at 6PM EST. Registration is not required.

Captioning will be provided.


ADÈLE NAUDÉ SANTOS, FAIA, currently Professor Post Tenure of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and previously dean of the School of Architecture and Planning from 2004 to 2014. During her tenure as dean she founded the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism–an important think tank on urban futures—and after her tenure as dean she became its co-director for two years.

She is principal architect in the San Francisco/Somerville-based firm, Santos Prescott and Associates. Her projects include affordable and luxury housing and institutional buildings. In Philadelphia you can see an example of her work at the Institute of Contemporary Art which she designed and was built in 1990. She recently completed projects in California, Massachusetts, Guatemala and China.

Professor Santos has received many awards and honors including the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education and the Friendship Award by the Chinese government.

She received an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London, Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard, and Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.


NA KIM is a conceptually-driven graphic designer who works between Seoul and Berlin. Known for her use of bold colors, shapes, and patterns inspired by everyday life, her work often expands beyond the page and into the creation of dynamic installations and environments. Na Kim studied with legendary Dutch designer Karel Martens at the Werkplaats Typografie and since 2016 has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). From 2009—2011 she was responsible for the concept and design of GRAPHIC magazine and has exhibited her work at venues including MMCA and SeMA, Seoul; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; MoMA, New York, and the Triennale Milano, Milan.


Programming at ICA is made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, the Nash Family Foundation, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.

Support for OUTSIDE IN is provided by Maharam Digital Projects.