SOUTHFIELD—Joongsub Kim, professor of architecture and design at Lawrence Technological University, has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
Fewer than 3 percent of the nation’s architects are honored with AIA Fellows status. Kim was one of only two AIA members from Michigan named to the Fellows this year.
AIA Fellows achieve their status by demonstrating influence in one of six key areas of the profession. In Kim’s case, it was “advancing the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education and training.” New Fellows are selected annually by a seven-member Jury of Fellows.
In congratulating Kim, AIA Michigan said he is “a national leader in community centered architecture through education, service, and research. Collaborating with leading organizations and world renowned publishers, Kim advances the profession, expanding community values through design with award-winning, influential results.”
At LTU, Kim directs LTU’s Detroit Studio, an off-campus, community-based design studio. He also directed the College’s Master of Urban Design program through 2020. He has presented well over 100 papers and presentations at industry and academic conferences. He is an active volunteer in youth and community development organizations and has been a consultant to numerous revitalization projects in the Detroit area. He has also won numerous awards for his teaching, scholarship, and service. His research on the global challenge of sustainable communities, urban communication, community identity, and development capacity-building has resulted in 20 national and international grants. And collaborating with a citywide coalition of more than 250 organizations, Building the Engine of Community Development in Detroit, Kim conducted first-of-its-kind national research to support the coalition’s effort to develop a citywide, equitable, and sustainable community development system.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Hong-Ik University in South Korea, a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Science in Architecture and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He joined the LTU faculty in 2000.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.