Professor Kim is a University of California, Berkeley, educated Design Theorist with research emphases on the Nature of Design and Integrative Design Process; the Nature and the Structure of Design Knowledge; Design Knowledge Acquisition; Building Systems, Functionality, Constructability, and their Integration. He is also a Licensed Architect. He has been a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the past 27 years and at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD), prior to this. His recent research and public lecture/presentations at the international level include: “"Curriculums and Strategies for Successful Integrative Design”;" "“What Would You Say Now, Mr. Vitruvius: Building Design Teleology Then and Now”;" "“When Science Meets Design" (The Problem of Incompatibility between the Scientific and Design Knowledge)”; and “"Integrated Design of Tall Buildings”."

Dr. Kim has an acute sense of buildings’ design, their construction, and how they function for the people who use them. He boasts great strengths in comprehensive integrative design, especially with large-scale and tall buildings. Dr. Kim’s research spans Integration Theory, Logics of Design and Creative Process, Design Epistemology and Technology, and Design Reasoning.


Ph.D., Architecture, University of California, Berkeley; 1977
M.Arch, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; 1972
B.S., Architecture, Seoul National University, Korea; 1964