Wonyoung So

Wonyoung So is a data visualization designer and researcher and he is a research assistant and technical lead of the Data + Feminism Lab at MIT. So is interested in the civic data movement in which citizens collect and analyze data and he studies how participatory methods can expose and politicize urban issues and demand change. In 2011, So co-founded the crowdfunding platform Tumblbug and demonstrated an alternative about the sustainability of the DIY movement. He was a research fellow at the Senseable City Lab at MIT, and he co-curated Seoul Libre Maps in Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism for realizing the vision of a citizen-organized data community. Now he is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a member of MIT Visualization Group at MIT CSAIL. He holds a Master in City Planning at MIT DUSP, a BFA in Visual Communication Design at Kookmin University, and he studied at the School for Poetic Computation in New York City. His work has been recognized by Information is Beautiful Awards, MIT Museum, 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


2020 -
Winner in Student Cagegory, Information is Beautiful Awards