Department of Architecture
Joongsub Kim, PhD, RA, AIA, AICP, directs LTU's Detroit Studio (an off-campus, community-based design studio) and the Master of Urban Design program.
The mission of the Detroit Studio is 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. Dr. Kim revived the dormant AIA Detroit Urban Priorities Committee and chaired it from 2010 to 2014. Currently, he serves on the AIA National Committee on Regional and Urban Design. He was invited to the AIA National Research Summit in 2015, 2017, and 2018, which serves to advise the AIA on its national policy on promoting research in practice. He brought the 2015 Structures for Inclusion international conference, a leading advocacy conference of socially responsible design, to Detroit and co-chaired it. He was an invited referee for the International Insight Grant Application, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in 2016, 2018, and 2019.
Dr. Kim, a graduate of MIT, the University of Michigan, the University of Nebraska, and Hong-Ik University, focuses on public interest design and has received numerous honors and grants, including an ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award, a Boston Society of Architects National Research Grant, an ACSA Collaborative Practice Award Citation, a Graham Foundation Advanced Studies Grant, an NCARB Integration of Practice and Education National Grant, an AIA Michigan President’s Award, an AIA Detroit Charles Blessing Award, and grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Erb Foundation, and the Michigan Humanities Council (with the National Endowment for the Humanities). He has published journal articles and book chapters on service learning, architectural pedagogy, design review, new urbanisms, sustainable urban design, community development, and environmental psychology. His recent book chapters on public interest design, design games, urban ruins, and architectural pedagogy for societal challenges were published by Routledge Press among others. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Urban Design International, Journal of Urban Design, Places, Environment & Behavior, Open House International (UK), IN_BO Journal (Italy), and Architectural Research Centers Consortium Journal. Also, his work has been mentioned in design and professional magazines, including Architectural Record and Architect (The Journal of The American Institute of Architects). His book on design review, funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was published by Springer Press in 2019.