Kyoung Hee Kim, Ph.D, AIA, NCARB, is an Associate Professor of the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte, teaching design studios, sustainable façade seminar, and the building systems integration core technology course. She is Director of the Integrated Design Research Lab (IDRL), an interdisciplinary research platform for integrating architecture design and innovative building technologies.
Dr. Kim is a registered architect in the state of North Carolina and has practiced as both an architect and engineer. Her expertise lies in performance-based design, innovative building systems integration and high-performance facades as a way to improve the sustainability of the built environment. Dr. Kim served as PI for a 2020 NSF STTR award, 2017 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant, 2013 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant, 2011 EPA-P3 award, and institutional research grants to develop high-performance building enclosures, including microalgae facades, regenerative facades, and integrated kinetic facades. She has offered lectures and workshops in the United States, Korea, Hong Kong, and China about performance-based design. Dr. Kim co-chaired the Architectural Research Centre Consortium (ARCC) conference: the Visibility of Research at UNC Charlotte in 2013. Upon arrival at UNC Charlotte, she established the USGBC UNCC Student Chapter and has served as a faculty advisor since 2011.
As a façade consultant at Front Inc., NYC, she was involved in a wide range of buildings, including King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Saudi Arabia, Completion 2009), World Trade Center Museum Pavilion (NYC, Completion 2012), Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (Lansing, MI, Completion 2012), Mahakakhon Tower (Bangkok, Completion 2015), Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (Athens, completion 2016), Shinsegae HQ (Korea, Completion 2016), Shenzhen Energy Mansion (China, Completion 2017), TWA Flight Center Hotel (NYC, Completion 2019), Capital Market Authority Tower (Saudi Arabia, Completion 2019), and private/public buildings with green building labeling such as LEED, GBI, and Passivhaus.
Dr. Kim holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and a Master of Architectural Engineering from CBNU, Korea, and a Master of Architecture, a Master of Science, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.