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iljoong kim, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Mr. Kim is a Lead Architect, and he has over 15 years of professional experience in a wide range of building types and scales.  He is a Registered Architect in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland with a National Council of Architectural Registration Board Certificate (NCARB), LEED AP Certificate, and NYC Special Inspection Agent.  


Mr. Kim graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and McGill University with Masters in architecture and urban design. 


Prior to starting his own practice in 2010,  Mr. Kim had worked as an architect, master planner, and project manager for large architecture firms in the U.S. and Canada such as Stantec, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), and Gensler. 


Kwan Chi, PE

Mr. Chi is an engineering partner in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) system design and engineering.  With over 25 years of experience in the field, Mr. Chi helps developing sustainable engineering solutions tailored to each project needs and site contexts.


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ijKim architect pllc is an award winning architectural firm based in New York and New Jersey with a team of experts in building design and engineering.  We are an interdisciplinary thinker and expert in the field who strive to create intelligent and unique design that is timeless, yet distinctive, engaging, and captivating while aligning with client’s goals, aspirations, and financial objectives.  


We push architecture beyond as it is traditionally understood through our vision, creativity, artistry, and technical expertise.   For each and every project, we strive to transform function and utility into freshness, practical ingenuity, and ecological sensitivity.  


Having designed over 100 million square feet of commercial and residential spaces, we have the skills and discipline to deliver utmost quality within your budget and time constraints.  Let us improve the quality of your life by improving the spaces you choose to live and work in.


ijKim architect is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firm in New York City, Port Authority of New York New Jersey (PANYNJ), and NYC School Construction Authority (NYC SCA).  We are also a pre-qualified firm for NYC SCA projects.  

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Project Date: March 2014

Project Price Range: more than $100,000

Efficient & Creative... two characteristics that rarely exist together, but he has it. I have never worked with someone who had great ideas and vision who could also communicate and executed them in an efficient manner. Equally important... the contractors were impressed with his thorough drawings and problem solving during construction.

My project was a full gut renovation of a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment with peculiar utility placement. He was able to translate my wants/needs into a beautiful design and was a pleasure to work with.

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Relationship: Client

Project Date: September 2015

Project Price: more than $100,000

Creative, responsive, incredible attention to detail!

Iljoong helped us with a gut renovation of a 2.5 bedroom, 2 bath loft. His design was beautiful and efficient, and we are very happy with the outcome. He focused on aesthetics as well as maximizing square footage (added a study with sleeping loft and amazing storage areas) and helped us navigate and expedite the permitting process. Our building is old, and when we found inevitable surprises in construction, Iljoong was thoughtful and creative in finding solutions.

He also helped us put out a bid package to several contractors and project-managed the ultimate process and team. He kept them accountable and was relentless about checking the quality of the work. We went with a more affordable and newer contractor to save money on the project but would not have been able to get the same quality of execution without Iljoong's oversight.


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Project Date: April 2014

Project Price Range: $1,000 - $9,999

I had to sell this house and found out that it had violations in the basement and attic.
I called several architects and we chose IJ Kim. The first architect came in and couldn't give us any straight answers. He sent an estimate 10 days later, with all numbers subject to change.

When IJ Kim came to see the house gave an estimate right away. Once accepted he did the drawings on that same day and the next day they were submitted. His contracting crew came in to do the work which was finished in 4 days. Inspectors came in within a month and we were good to sell the house.

I worked with many architects in the past, but no one comes close to him in high performance, responsiveness, and great advice that can save you a lot money.

I highly recommend him to my friends, clients and family.




05/13/2014 – Magali Carmenaty

He made sure we got good results from department of building, handled any questions quickly, and prepared us for any issues. All of the work went smoothly and according to his plan. We were looking at other, local architects and for the same price he did everything they did except he was willing to do the work almost immediately. Everything we asked of him, he was a step ahead. He got things for us before we even knew we needed them. Our realtor is even working with him now almost exclusively.


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He surveyed the house, drew up plans (we were legalizing a few rooms due to original construction issues), made recommendations and got plans approved. He also obtained work permits, made sure all of the work was certified, and done properly.

06/02/2014 – Douglas Souza

He advised me in my option to create more space in my bedroom.

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I called him for a service and received more than consultation. It sounded a crash course.....
He focused to understand my objectives and guide me to the best solution and to what was feasible to be done if not why.
Very honest and highly professional in his feedback.
This is a clear example of placing customer first and guarantee of returning customers..

05/05/2017 – Jeremy Yoo

The work was thorough and comprehensive


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IJ Kim came on time and did a diagnostic analyst of a practice I am going to purchase. I wanted to know if there were any building code violations or any other headaches that I might want to know about. This type of job required a person that had experience and knowledge of building architecture and the rules/regulations. He did a thorough evaluation and provided me with a thorough diagnoses. I felt better knowing that I got this done.

08/10/2017 – Sankar Sury

Went well, iljoong kim had a lot of insights and recommendations on my inquires, pointed out a lot of stuff I would have never considered...

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