About:Justin Lim’s creative work on large-scale, mixed-use projects respects the authentic culture and unique environmental characteristics of every site. His work includes urban designs and master plans focused on the human experience with a preference for the complex challenges of urban redevelopment, for connecting the past with the future, and walkable urban districts within a civic infrastructure of public open spaces. His wide range of urban design projects in North America, Asia, Australia and Latin America includes campus master plans for universities, hospitals, and as well as social/affordable housing neighborhoods.
He holds his Bachelor of Architecture with a concentration in Regional Urban Planning from the Illinois Institute of technology (IIT) in 2010. His design work is influenced by his education at IIT but his vision and design approach are deeply rooted in his broad experience at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, which he first joined in 2008. He was named a Senior Urban Designer of the Chicago office in 2012.
In 2016, Justin left SOM to pursue his Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS) in Architecture and Urbanism (AU) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT, he was Norman and Muriel Leventhal Graduate Fellow at the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU), where his primary research focused on social and affordable housing projects in Latin America -- Brazil, Guyana, and Colombia. The work was widely published and exhibited at LCAU’s biennial conference, titled “HOUSE+” in 2018.
Upon graduation in 2018, he rejoined SOM to lead projects in the Midwest and Detroit Metro region. He has also founded Limcity LLC, an urban design consultant firm based in Ann Arbor, MI.
Education:Massachusetts Institute of Technology | 2016-2018 Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS) Architecture & Urbanism
Illinois Institute of Technology | 2005-2010 Bachelor of Architecture Concentration in City and Regional Planning
Awards:Lafarge Holcim Acknowledgment Award | 2017MIT Levanthal Center for Advanced Urbanism Fellow | 2017-2018MIT Graduate Fellowship | 2016-2018AIA Chicago Chapter Design Excellence Award | 2016Green Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum | 2014Urban Design AwardWorld Architecture News (WAN) | 2013Jerrold Loebl Travel Fellowship Prize | 2010AIA Chicago Student Award | 2010John Augur Holabird Study Fellowship | 2009Shiff Scholarship Nominee | 2008Samuel Horwitz Memorial Scholarship | 2008
Publication & Exhibition:Urbanism After Extraction | MIT Press | 2017HOUSING+ | LCAU Biennial Conference/Exhibition | MIT Media Lab | 2018
Professional Experience:Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP | 2018-Current City Design Practice | Senior Urban Designer
LimCity LLC | Ann Arbor, Michigan | 2018-Current Architecture & Urbanism Consultant | Founder
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, Massachusetts | 2016-2018 The Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) | Research Assistant
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP | Chicago, Illinois | 2010-2016 City Design Practice | Senior Urban Designer
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP | Chicago, Illinois | 2008-2010 City Design Practice | Intern
Teng & Associates | Chicago, Illinois | 2008 Architecture | Architecture Intern
Software:Modeling | AutoCAD, Rhino, Grasshopper, 3DsMax, ArcGISRendering | Vray for Rhino & 3DsMax, Maxwell for RhinoEnvironmental Analysis | Ecotech, Tangent Sunlight, UMIProduction | M-Color, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe LightroomOthers | Microsoft WorksFabrication | Laser Cutting, CNC, 3D Printing
*Portfolio and reference available upon request.