Associate Professor, Interior Design
Research Interests: Affordable housing, sustainable and green design, environment and behaviors, New Urbanism, contemporary housing, healthcare design and theories, post-occupancy evaluation, crime-free environment through neighborhood design
Dr. Suk-Kyung Kim is an Associate Professor of Interior Design at the SPDC. She received her PhD in Architecture from Texas A&M University (TAMU), her Master of Science and BS degrees in Housing and Interior Design from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Kim also achieved the Certificate in Health System and Design from the TAMU College of Architecture. She is teaching various Contemporary Design Issues (IDES 440), Green Building and Housing (IDES 458), and Interior Design Programming (IDES 442) that includes evidence-based design, design research and space planning contents. Dr. Kim’s research topics for funded research and publications include environmental behaviors and perceptions, green and affordable housing for low-income people, occupant satisfaction in green healthcare facilities, supportive design theory and its implications, New Urbanism and building design implications, accessibility and sustainability assessment of Michigan park buildings, and design for the elderly. Currently, she is involved in two federally funded research projects. The first is for creating taxonomies of MI housing types and determining dominant archetypes that can be the major targets of future energy-efficient retrofit activities in these regions. The second is titled, “A Regional Affordable Housing Study” which was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This project is to analyze current housing stock in the Tri-County Region (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties in MI) through census data, housing expert and urban planner interviews, and resident surveys. Dr. Kim is an active board member of several scholarly journals, including the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (board of editors), Housing and Society(publication committee chair), and the Journal of Korea Housing Association (editorial advisory committee member).