Growing up in Seoul, South Korea, Haena was a little girl who was always scribbling and drawing something. She also played musical instruments and specialized in viola at the Sun-Hwa Art school. During her high school period, she was attracted to natural sciences and engineering. When she was a senior in high school, Haena did not hesitate to choose architecture as her college major, which she believed was a compelling blend of art and science. Haena Kim attended the Hong-ik University in South Korea and graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering Degree. After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area for broader studies and experience.
She spent a couple of years studying art history, museum and appraisal studies, and finally came back to the architecture field full of artistic inspiration and cultural experiences. She chose the M.Arch program of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Haena completed the M.Arch program with her thesis project: Millbrae Transit Center. As a hub of transportation and a landmark in Bay Area, her design of the project showed a good relationship between space and people, beautifully created with architectural form.
After graduation, Haena Kim joined Banta Design in Emeryville. She had been undertaking tasks related to every phase of architecture including: design, permitting, and constructing a number of projects.
Projects include: a commercial auto showroom/repair facility; a memorial for Stinson Beach Community; townhomes; multi-family affordable housing in Alameda; and senior housing in Hayward. From the experience of various projects and phases, she developed one step forward in her professional architectural career. With passion and excitement, she is now in transition to Byrens Kim Design Works.