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2009-2010

Lecture: Michael Kyong-il Kim, Integrative Design: The Problems and the Appropriate Processes

02/18/10
A+A Auditorium (Rm 2104)
Art + Architecture Building

Professor Kim is a Berkeley (University of California) trained Design Theorist/Methodologist and a Licensed Architect with emphases on Logics of Design; Design Epistemology; Theories and Strategies of Integrative Design. He has been with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Professor of Architecture for the past 26 years, and prior to this, with Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD), as an Associate Professor. His specific topics of inquiry include: Design Teleology; Design Reasoning; Design Knowledge; and the Nature of Integrative Design and Creative Processes. Recent research and public lecture/presentations at the international level include: Theory and Pedagogy of Design Integration; When Science Meets Design (The Problem of Incompatibility between Scientific and Design); Pedagogic Principles of Design Integration; Integrated Design of Tall Buildings.

The Integrative Design Program, that he has developed and taught for twenty years as an area of concentration in the Master of Architecture Program at the University of Illinois, was recognized as a model of profession education in Boyer-Mitgang Report and has been heralded for the excellence by numerous leading practitioners. The program starts with lectures/seminars on the theory and application of integrative design and culminates with the final design studio with comprehensive design integration. The principal pedagogic strategy underlying the program, CASE Study Method (Compressed and Accentuated Simulated Experience – his own term and acronym), which he first developed under the mentorship of Dean Gerald M. McCue at Harvard GSD and refined through over 33 years of instruction both at Harvard and the University of Illinois, has proven to be most successful.

Professor Kim is currently busy with the manuscript for his new book: “Integrative Design: Principles, Problems, and Strategies.” He is also busy with three papers for upcoming international conferences: Curriculums and Strategies for Successful Integrative Design Program; What Would You Say Now, Mr. Vitruvius?; and Why Do We Design?.

For more about Kim, visit www.arch.uiuc.edu/people/faculty/mkkim1


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