What's one quote you live by?
Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated. – Paul Rand
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration through trying something, and not liking it; bluntly put, failing at it. It inspires me to do better the next time.
What’s your favourite way to give back to the community?
I am a part of various community organizations including a board where we award college scholarships to disadvantaged local high school students. But most importantly I truly enjoy getting to know the community in which our projects are based in, and designing places where we can all be proud of.

Dong Kim is a partner in DIALOG's Oakland studio. He has vast experience and intimate knowledge of a typical public project development process in California. His experience includes 150+ public projects ranging from new facilities to renovation projects. Dong has successfully completed multiple projects with various delivery methods including Assisted bid with Gross Maximum Price Cap, Design-Build, CM at Risk, and Design Assisted deliveries. 

He is a licensed architect who continues his practice through research in latest technological advancements and innovations. Dong has taught 3D modeling courses at Chabot College, and continues his study of architecture. In addition, he is interested in quantitative design implementation that can result in measurable attributes. He is a hands-on principal who is interested in social justice and public benefit. He collaborated with Better SF to generate a feasibility and vision study of potential modular homeless shelter design as probono

In 2013, Dong was elected as a member of the board American Institute of Architects East Bay Chapter. He currently serves as a board member of Kiwanis Club of Oakland Foundation which awards scholarships to Oakland high school seniors. 


  • Bachelor of Arts, Architecture University of California, Berkeley