Yihyun Lim

Yihyun Lim is director of the MIT Design Lab, where she directs a multidisciplinary group of researchers, engineers, and designers to drive design innovation across various industry sectors. With Prof. Casalegno, she brings together behavioral research and design methods to situate emerging networked technologies in the current and future societies.    

An architect by training, Ms. Lim practiced architecture and lighting design in San Francisco, Seoul, and New York prior to coming to MIT and has years of experience in the design technology field. In her architectural work and now at the Design Lab, she merges systematic design thinking and applied design to foster creativity and strategic vision. She has worked with clients throughout the world, across a variety of industries from finance and banking, consumer products, retail, and food to telecom, energy, and hospitality.

Ms. Lim is frequently invited to speak at international sponsored events and conferences and leads innovation workshops, including MIT Professional Education’s Short Programs for global corporate companies and academic institutions throughout the world. She earned the MArch degree from MIT in architecture and urban design, and a BA in architecture/city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.