Joongsub Kim

Joongsub Kim, Ph.D, AIA, AICP

Master of Urban Design Program Director
Detroit Studio Coordinator



Joongsub Kim, Ph.D, RA, AIA, AICP is a professor in the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at Lawrence Technological University (LTU). He also serves as a design and planning consultant for organizations in both Korea and Michigan. He has a joint graduate architecture and planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in architecture from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Kim has received a number of awards and grants including a 1999 Lincoln Institute of Land Policy National Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship; a 2003 Architecture for Social Justice Award sponsored by the Adaptive Environments Center, Boston and the National Endowment for the Arts; and a 2003–2004 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)/American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) National New Faculty Teaching Award.

Other awards Professor Kim has received include a 2006 International Architectural Education Competition Award (First Prize and Publication Award) sponsored by Open House International Journal, UK; a 2006 Boston Society of Architects National Research Grants award; a 2006–2007 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award Citation; a 2008 Graham Foundation Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Research Grants Award; 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2012 awards from the American Architectural Foundation, Washington DC; a 2008 Mary E. and Richard E. Marburger Distinguished Achievement Award - The Champion for Institutional Excellence and Preeminence from Lawrence Technological University; the inaugural Michael Brill Grant Award in Urban Communication and Environmental Design, sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation and the Environmental Design Research Association; and a 2011 NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards ) National Grant Award for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy.

In 2012, Professor Kim received a 2012 AIA Michigan President’s Award for “outstanding contributions to the advancement of the built environment by an influential architect.”

Dr. Kim coordinates the CoAD-based The Detroit Studio, a community outreach program. The Detroit Studio projects focus on small and disadvantaged communities in Detroit and other cities in Michigan. The Detroit Studio provides opportunities for design-based social learning that benefits professionals, architecture students, residents, and their children, educating them about the power of design and changing their world-views.

As an educator and facilitator, Dr. Kim works with “small heroes” and grassroots organizations. The mission of The Detroit Studio is educational: to provide students with an enriched educational experience through community-based architectural, urban design and community development projects; and to offer accessible and useful programs and information to the public, design profession, municipal officials and business community.

The Detroit Studio is an off-campus studio facility founded in 1999 by the CoAD at LTU and located in the New Center area of Detroit. Its location in central Detroit creates a unique educational setting for students, and its long-term commitment to working with Detroit neighborhoods distinguishes it from the programs of other local universities. The Detroit Studio is committed to serving communities in Detroit, Wayne County and Southeastern Michigan as part of the mission of a local university through Service Learning projects that utilize interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork to address real needs, problems and potentials.

Projects undertaken at The Detroit Studio serve communities in areas of Urban Design, Planning, and Sustainable Community Development. It establishes partnerships with municipalities, design professionals, professional organizations, community organizations, business leaders, and local schools and universities.

Dr. Kim has collaborated with nearly 1900 participants and 120 organizations in 40 communities over 13 years, through more than 50 studios at the Detroit Studio program. Dr. Kim also founded and directs two design and research groups called [GD]³ (Good Deeds Good Design Group in Detroit) and PIDPR (Public Interest Design Practices and Research). He also co-founded a group called CUCBRN (Center for Urban Capacity Building and Resource Network) to assist non-profit groups or grassroots organizations focusing on community revitalization in Detroit.

Dr. Kim has published journal articles and book chapters on the areas of service learning, architectural pedagogy, design review, New Urbanism, sustainable urban design, sustainable community revitalization, and environment psychology. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Urban Design International, Journal of Urban Design, Places, Environment & Behavior, Open House International, and Architectural Research Centers Consortium Journal. Also his work has been mentioned in design or professional magazines including Architectural Record and Architect (the national magazine of AIA).


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