• Design Thinking
  • Project Management


Nam-ho Park has been teaching at the University of Washington’s Information School since 2015, guiding students in designing digital products. Having lived and worked in London, Seoul, Hanoi, New York, and Washington, D.C., before moving to Seattle in 2011, he draws from a lifetime of learning and exploring how we relate to technology and harness it for good.

As the principal of PLAIN Strategies, his professional practice focuses on design and technology to support nonprofits and impact-driven organizations. He has collaborated with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, USAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, he has been a speaker at prominent conferences, including the Nonprofit Technology Conference, WebVisions, and Drupalcon. He has also served on the board of NTEN, helping nonprofits leverage technology to further their missions.

Nam-ho holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.


  • M.Arch, Architecture, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, 1997
  • BS, Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University, 1992


  • Distinguished Teaching Award (nominated) - iSchool, 2022
  • Distinguished Teaching Award (nominated) - iSchool, 2021

Publications and Contributions

  • White Paper
    Communicating data for impact (2017)
    Authors: Nam-ho Park, Peter Speyer, William Heisel
  • Book, Non-Scholarly-New
    Inside form *Z: Guide to 3d modeling and rendering (2000)
    Authors: Eden Greig Muir, Cory Clarke, Nam-ho Park


  • Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: Tailoring No-Code Tech for Nonprofit Success (2024)
    Washington State Nonprofit Conference - Virtual
  • Digital Strategy for Impact-Driven Organizations (2018)
    Washington Nonprofit Conference - Bellevue, WA
  • Communicating Data for Action & Impact (2016)
    City of Seattle - Seattle, WA
  • What Architecture Taught Me About Information Architecture and UX (2016)
    World IA Day Seattle - Seattle, WA
  • Creating Space for Stories Which Define You (2015)
    TEDxSnoIsleLibraries - Marysville, WA
  • Content Strategy for Multi-Channel Delivery (2014)
    NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference - Washington, D.C.
  • Get Going with Mobile (2013)
    The Communications Network Conference - New Orleans, LA
  • What Users Want (2013)
    NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference - Minneapolis, MN
  • Strategies for Going Mobile (2012)
    NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference - San Francisco, CA
  • Mission-Driven User Experience: Engaging the Five Percent that Matter (2006)
    Forum One - Washington, D.C.