Joan Kang


Born in Korea but raised internationally in Asia, Europe, and Southern California. I finally settled myself in Berkeley practicing architecture and design. Doodling has been my old hobby which evolved into my passion for art and design. Currently feeling fortunate to pursue my design career here at ELS.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” Jeremiah 29:11

University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Architecture with a Minor in Sustainable Design

started at ELS


cities you’ve lived in

I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but my other home cities are Ho Chi Minh & Hanoi (Vietnam), Dusseldorf (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Irvine (California). I’m currently living in Berkeley and perhaps there are more adventures to come.


Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi because this was the first building that caught my attention when I was a child. Since then, my interest in architecture grew.

spare time

Doodling/illustration, photography, cooking, going to movies, and going on food adventures

most influential book

Maison Invisible by Hee Sung Beck

favorite movies

Anything by Pixar

design inspirations

Tadao Ando and Sou Fujimoto