Wonyoung So

Wonyoung So is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and also a research assistant and technical lead of the Data + Feminism Lab at MIT. He studies how urban technology has been historically used to orchestrate, predict, and police public life and how the future of urban technology can be different if we care more about empowering marginalized groups in the city. In 2011, I co-founded the crowdfunding platform Tumblbug and demonstrated an alternative about the sustainability of the DIY movement. I was a research fellow at the Senseable City Lab at MIT, and I co-curated Seoul Libre Maps in the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism for realizing the vision of a citizen-orga- nized data community. I hold a Master in City Planning at MIT DUSP, a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Kookmin University, and I studied at the School for Poetic Computation in New York City. My work has been recognized by Information is Beautiful Awards, MIT Museum, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, IEEE, Fast Co. Design, The Atlantic, CNN, The Guardian, Seoul Museum of Art, and Wired, among others.

Areas of Interest
Feminism, Housing, Social Equity, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics, Visualization


2020 - Present
Ph.D in Urban Information Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018 - 2020
Master in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2006 - 2015
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design, Kookmin University

Professional Experience

2017 - 2017
Curator, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism
2017 - 2018
Data Visualization Specialist, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
2015 - 2016
Research Fellow, MIT Senseable City Lab
2011 - 2013
Co-founder, Tumblbug


2020 -
Winner in Student Cagegory, Information is Beautiful Awards