Tradition and Ecology in Architecture and Urban Design

Speaker: Jusuck Koh (Architect, Oikosdesign) & Anemone Beck Koh (Architect, Oikosdesign)
Moderator: Mary Kay Judy (ACC 2005, Architectural Conservator/Cultural Heritage Consultant)
Release Date: March 24, 2022

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Jusuck Koh 

Jusuck Koh (ACC 1978) is a licensed architect and landscape architect, and founding partner of Oikosdesign, specializing in ecological design and urbanism. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and taught and practiced in the USA, Korea, and the Netherlands, where he now resides. Currently, he is writing and lecturing on an Ecopoetic Paradigm of Architecture bringing together contemporary New Sciences and Eastern aesthetic languages. His scholarly writing and his design works through Oikos received numerous international awards and recognitions. 

Jusuck Koh received an ACC Fellowship in 1978 to complete a program of study leading to the Ph.D. degree in City and Regional Planning at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, UPenn, and in 1979 to survey monuments, museums, and urban planning activities in Europe and Asia.  


Anemone Beck Koh

Anemone Beck Koh is a landscape architect and urban designer, and founding partner of Oikosdesign, with a cosmopolitan life and career on three continents. She specializes in integrative and generative design of urban landscapes, moving beyond a utilitarian understanding of ecology. Her award-winning performing and poetic everyday landscapes and her large environmental or botanical artworks recover feeling and emotion and offer rich aesthetic experiences. She has also taught in several universities in Europe and Asia. 



Mary Kay Judy

Mary Kay Judy (ACC 2002, 2005) is an award-winning architectural conservator and cultural heritage consultant. As Principal of Mary Kay Judy - Architectural & Cultural Heritage Conservation, she has served as conservation consultant on National Historic Landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has lectured internationally on her practice's case studies, the politics of preservation and the contributions of contemporary artists on emerging preservation narratives. Her writing on these subjects has appeared in a variety of publications including the National Trust Preservation Forum Journal and the Journal of Architectural Conservation.  Mary Kay Judy has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a B.A. in Architectural History from the University of Cincinnati.  

Mary Kay Judy received ACC Fellowships in 2002 and 2005 to lead conservation seminars in Indian architecture schools focusing on the documentation of the Islamic heritage of the Awadh, the urban aftermath of the First War of Independence in 1857 and the evolution of the vernacular Modern Movement post-Independence.