Field of Research (FoR)
I am Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Computational Design, and Scientia Academic (research) in the Built Environment, ADA, UNSW Sydney. I have published over 70 research publications and made a significant contribution to the fields of architectural and computational design, and design cognition. My international reputation has been recognised by being invited to be a guest editor/chair/committee member for international journals and...view more
I am Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Computational Design, and Scientia Academic (research) in the Built Environment, ADA, UNSW Sydney. I have published over 70 research publications and made a significant contribution to the fields of architectural and computational design, and design cognition. My international reputation has been recognised by being invited to be a guest editor/chair/committee member for international journals and conferences. I was invited to become a visiting academic at the University of Newcastle in 2011, where I as a senior lecturer completed five-year post-doctoral studies in design computing and cognition. I was also a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia in 2018.
After a successful career in architecture and construction industries – which included the development of five-award winning architectural design projects – I was awarded a teaching development grant (as a programming specialist in digital design) in 2003. The government-funded three-year position was designed to support the development of new design and digital programming courses at the national level. Since then, I have spent eight years in career development in South Korea. During my career development, I had participated in various building technology research projects, e.g., context-aware smart home and construction infrastructure technology program, collaborating with multi-disciplinary industrial partners as well as international researchers. These research opportunities in South Korea allow me to be continuously involved in innovative international research programs. I was undertaking a government-funded cognitive project in South Korea at Kyunghee University, when I was invited to come to Australia as a visiting research academic in 2011 for collaborative, strategic research on design computing and cognition.
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.
My Research Activities
Architectural design and computing
I developed a Glenn Murcutt shape grammar in 2012 (as part of ARC DP1094154 – “Computational analysis of the 20th century architecture”), proposing a new mathematical approach to analysing and generating design instances within a specific language of architectural design. The final output was invited to present a fully funded, plenary talk at Cultural DNA Workshop 2017. I have further developed an innovative method that combines Shape Grammar and Space Syntax approaches to offer a rigorous way of understanding an architectural style and then producing variations of that style. The two approaches have only rarely been connected in the past. This research has provided a new critical knowledge base about architecture in terms of forms, styles and spatial configurations. In 2016, I undertook a strategic pilot grants project, “New computational tools for assessing spatial and social cognition in aged-care environments”, which syntactically examined Australian and Korean facilities as well as hypothetical designs reflecting ‘best practice’ in the industry. These grammatical and/or syntactical studies over the eight years have resulted in a co-authored book, presenting advances into two of the areas of research.
Involved in strategic research on design computing and cognition in 2011, I developed a methodological framework for exploring parametric design processes. I also advanced protocol analysis techniques to analyse architectural design protocols. These works assisted in the development of HDR students’ formal methodologies and attracted a strong audience’ interest at international conferences such as Design Research Society (2012) and Design Computing and Cognition (2012) – invited to present in a plenary session. In late 2012, I started my own cognitive project, “Formal evaluation of creativity on parametric design”. I developed an innovative research framework, combining protocol analysis (process) and a consensual assessment technique (product), to investigate creativity in parametric design. Such a conceptual framework has not previously been available and is a catalyst for this research program on the language of design.
My strategic pilot project (2014) on multi-cultural design communication was the first study into the relationship spatial cognition and spatial language in the field of architectural design. This research has proposed a significant conceptual leap viewing design cognition from a linguistic perspective and was invited to be published in a special issue of International Journal of Architectural Computing.
Awarded an international relations grant from the DFAT in 2016, I organised two ‘Design and Language’ symposiums (2016 Seoul, 2017 Newcastle). I also initiated a cross-cultural network, ‘Australia–Korea design language group’, to develop educational, cultural and industrial links between Australia and South Korea. My OLT project (2016-18) have also developed pedagogical solutions to the linguistic and cultural barriers in design education. It developed 23 design protocols produced by Australian and Asian architectural students from four architecture schools in Australia. It also recorded and examined two sets of interviews, (1) focus-group interviews and (2) face-to-face interviews. Since this multi-focused research contributes to fundamental knowledge-building pertaining to how different cultures understand and communicate design, it was invited to deliver keynotes at (Co)Design events (2017).
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
- Architecture and Mathematics
- Design Computing and Cognition
- Contextual Computational Design
- Space Syntax and Shape Grammar
- Strategic Planning and Community Design
- Report on Interoperable Building Information Models for Sustainable Design