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Aileen Kwun is a writer, editor, and creative director 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.


She is a correspondent for CNN Style, Editor-at-Large at The Slowdown, Articles Editor of August Journal, and a regular freelance contributor to numerous outlets. 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 Createurs Design Award, AIGA/Winterhouse, and Core77 for her commentary on topics ranging from social justice in design, to the art of typography and 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 second-generation 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.