Soo Im

Soo Im



“Design is problem solving. To do it well, you have to first understand the problem and the overall goals for the users involved.”

Soo finds that working with aging adults who have specific sets of needs brings a different insight into her design process; she thrives from creating well-designed spaces that positively impact the frailest group of users. In doing so, she brings with her more than twenty years of experience, primarily focused on senior living and special-needs housing communities. Her work involves the full range of housing and services, from active adult to senior centers, independent and assisted living, skilled nursing environments, and life plan communities. She helped design the first urban, multi-story Green House, enabling residents with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) gain maximum independence, and her projects have won numerous design awards. Soo is dedicated to innovation and research, and prior to moving to the west coast, she spent twelve years as an adjunct professor at Boston Architectural College. She is passionate about her work to advance the best design for the older-adult marketplace with solutions that promote the unique qualities of each community.

Our Perkins Eastman

Soo brings her passion for learning and culture-building to Perkins Eastman, actively mentoring the next generation of designers and leaders. Soo participated in the inaugural class of the firm’s Futures Council, and currently serves on Perkins Eastman’s Design Leadership Committee and its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (415) 926-7733 (office direct)
    +1(310) 497-2131 (mobile)
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  • Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
    M.Arch, B.S. Architectural Design
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • LeadingAge