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Aileen Kwun is a writer, editor, and creative consultant based in New York City. With more than a dozen years of experience producing multichannel content across print, digital, social, and live platforms, she contributes to leading publications internationally, writing on art, architecture, culture, and design.


As a correspondent for CNN Style, she reports on the intersection of design and contemporary culture, from the politics of fashion and identity, to the changing gaze of the social media era, to a worldwide syndicated audience. She also writes about some of the most relevant and pressing issues around nature, culture, and the future in The Slowdown’s flagship newsletter, and is the Articles Editor of August Journal, a design and travel magazine printed biannually. She was previously on the senior editorial staffs of Fast Company, Dwell, Surface, and Metropolis, and for several years managed the National Design Award–winning studio Project Projects, overseeing editorial and content strategy, business development, and more.

In 2016, she published her first book, Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design (Princeton Architectural Press), a collection of biographies and oral histories co-authored with Bryn Smith, followed by international editions in South Korea and China. She is an award-winning critic, with honors from AIGA/Winterhouse and Core77 for her commentary on visual culture, ranging from the art of typography to the architectural qualities of Lady Gaga’s costuming.

Aileen also collaborates with arts and cultural institutions, design brands, schools, and studios in various capacities as a creative consultant. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley; attended the Columbia Publishing Course; and earned an M.F.A. from the pioneering Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts. As a Korean American born in New Orleans, raised in California, and based in New York City, she is forever on the quest to make the best homemade kimchi.