Rhode Island School of Design
Sunhwa Arts Middle School
Role Models —
Lee Jae Hyo
Designer Bio —
Soo Joo is an artist from Seoul and Providence with a background in furniture, fine art, and biology. She creates applicable methods to re-design our built environment. The goal of her practice is to satisfy biophilia, the innate human need to feel visually connected to the natural world.
Natural Analogues are a type of biophilic design that involves using natural materials and forms that are reminiscent of nature. Within the last decade, there has been a growing body of research in the field of neuroaesthetics that shows the health benefits that natural analogues provide, such as decreased diastolic blood pressure and increased productivity.
Soo recently completed her BFA in furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In 2016, she had her first solo exhibition at Orange Bada Gallery in Busan City, South Korea, and participated in a seminar on Scandinavian lighting and design in Copenhagen.
She interned for sculptor Lee Jae Hyo in Seoul in 2018, and for Hutker Architects in Cape Cod in 2017. In 2018, she was also a presenter at Better World by Design, a conference about the intersection of art and technology at Brown University.
She combines her education in biology and physics with her design and dance practices to make objects that capture the essence of the human-nature connection.