Kim brings over 14 years of experience creating and producing themed guest experiences in the entertainment and hospitality industries to AOA. With a formal background in architecture, a self-driven passion for interior design, and an inherent sense of the importance of storytelling through design, Kim has collaborated with a variety of multi-disciplinary teams to design and execute projects for industry pioneers such as Disney, Universal, Merlin Entertainment, Hard Rock International, Blackstone Real Estate Group, and Meow Wolf.
Notable projects include: design management for renovation projects at the historic Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix and iconic Hotel Del Coronado in California; developing design concepts and integrating storylines for Universal’s Volcano Bay in Orlando; interior design and finish selections for the Hard Rock Café and Rock Shop in San Antonio; and storyline development, interior design, and finish selections for both the House of Good Fortune and Marketplace retail experiences within the China Pavilion at EPCOT; and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Stuff retail experience in Universal Studios Orlando.
Kim obtained a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2010 and completed her undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University in 2005. While in school, her curiosity and desire for international travel led her to participate in four studies abroad – one while at NC State and the other three through UC Denver. She spent her summers between semesters exploring and learning about design and culture in Prague – emphasis on animation and storytelling, Rome – emphasis on architecture history and designing in context, Copenhagen – focus on Scandinavian architecture and design, and Istanbul/Coast of Western Turkey – focus on architecture history and community planning.
Upon graduation from NC State, she found her way to Orlando as part of the Disney College Program. Working as part of the outdoor food’s team at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, her specialty training area was roasting almonds and she even developed a way to fold the paper cones so that there was a tab to easily access the product. Exposure to the Disney company created an opportunity to finish the internship as a project management intern for Walt Disney Imagineering working on the Seas with Nemo and Friends project – a dream realized and the beginning of her career adventures.