Justin Heejoon Lim

Justin Lim’s creative work on large-scale, mixed-use projects respects the authentic culture and unique environmental characteristics of every site. He designs conceptual master plans focused on the human experience, with a preference for the complex challenges of urban redevelopment and for connecting the past with the future.


He designs walkable urban districts within a civic infrastructure of public open spaces. His work in the United States, China and Australia also includes campus master plans for universities and hospitals.

Born in Korea, Justin moved to Chicago at the age of thirteen in 1999. He found interest in architecture while attending Lake Forest High School. He holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture with a concentration in Urban Planning from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).


Justin’s work is influenced by his education at IIT but his design approach is rooted in his broad experience at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, which he first joined as a student intern while attending IIT in 2008. He was named a Senior Urban Designer of the Chicago office in 2012.


Justin will be pursuing his Master of Science in Architecture Study (SMArchS) degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Fall 2016. He is expected to graduate in 2018.