I am a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Computational Design in the School of Built Environment, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture (ADA), UNSW Sydney. I am also an esteemed Scientia Academic and an ADA Research Fellow at UNSW Sydney. After a five-year professional career in the architecture and construction industries (1998-2002), I have taught various digital design courses including Building Information Modelling (BIM), Documentation Technologies and 3D Design Studio. I as a senior lecturer completed a five-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Newcastle (2012-2017) and I was a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia in 2018. Before becoming a visiting academic at Newcastle in 2011, I had held multiple research and teaching roles in South Korea (2003-2011). My research has used architectural computing and design cognition to examine and improve the creation of a range of building types, while my PhD study sought to craft and propose consensual strategic planning schemes for mixed-use development to support urban regeneration. I am co-author with Michael J. Ostwald of Grammatical and Syntactical Approaches in Architecture (IGI Global 2020) and co-author with Michael J. Ostwald and Ning Gu of Design Thinking: Creativity, Collaboration and Culture (Springer 2020)
I have been awarded eight competitive research grants with a total value of over $500,000 in Australia and South Korea, working with multi-disciplinary industrial partners. My research also includes national building technology projects such as context-aware smart home and a construction infrastructure technology program. I have sought to ensure designs for the built environment are coherent, clear and accessible.
In Australia, I led two externally funded research projects, supported by an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), and an Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with many international/ national partners and reference groups. My recent cognitive research, Design and Language, has a significant impact on breaking down the barriers to achieving efficient and sustainable interactions between people in design teams, particularly those in the Asia–Pacific region.