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. 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 and 2017, 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 and 2018.
Dr. Kim, a graduate of MIT, Michigan, Nebraska, and Hong-Ik, 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, Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Erb Foundation, and Michigan Humanities Council (with the National Endowment for the Humanities). His book on design review will be published in 2018 by Springer Press. His book on socially engaged development and alternative practice models is under review by Springer. 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 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 national magazine of AIA).