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Dr Kyung Wook Seo

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Dr Seo has worked as an architect in South Korea, Malaysia and the USA, designing many residential and commercial buildings. He was a Principal Researcher for the ‘Development of Structure-Infill Housing for the Low-income Population in Malaysia’ funded by British Council in 2015-16. He was a co-researcher for 'Social Housing Design Strategies for the 3rd Generation New Town Development in South Korea' funded by Land & Housing Corporation in South Korea in 2019-20. 

Dr Seo has published numerous papers on Housing Form and Culture, Urban Transformation, and Environmental Behaviour. His recent publications include 'Propositions for a Resilient, Post-COVID-19 Future for the AEC Industry' (2021, Frontiers in Built Environment) and 'Relocating home activities: spatial experiments in Malaysian apartment houses to accommodate the vernacular lifestyle' (2021, Journal of Asian Architecture & Building Engineering). He is also an editor of the popular book, Architectural Imagination and Storytelling: Bartlett Scenarios (2014 by Mimesis, Seoul) that pioneered a new way of combining imaginary projects with creative narratives.

Before joining Northumbria, Dr Seo was Head of Department at Kyonggi University in South Korea. He also worked at Daewoo Construction Company in Korea, Wendel-Duchscherer Architects & Engineers in the USA, and Archiplaza Architects & Engineers in Korea. He got the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Korea University, Master of Architecture from Georgia Tech in the USA, and PhD in Architectural Theory from Bartlett, University College London under the supervision of Professor Julienne Hanson and Bill Hillier. 

Kyung Wook Seo

Campus Address

D107 Ellison Building, City Campus

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  • The Perception of Urban Regeneration by Stakeholders: A Case Study of the Student Village Design Project in Korea, Kim, J., Kim, J., Seo, K. 14 Feb 2023, In: Buildings
  • Finding Generative Rules in Settlements and Houses by Means of an Ideographic Language, Seo, K. 3 Sep 2022, In: Nexus Network Journal
  • Fine-grained parallelism for post-pandemic cities: 12 design strategies for resilient urban planning, Seo, K. 29 Sep 2022, In: Planning Malaysia
  • Measuring the Cognitive Dimension of Space Integrating the user’s perception in the syntactic analysis of a house, Seo, K., Kigawa, T. 20 Jun 2022, Proceedings 13th International Space Syntax Symposium, SSS 2022, Bergen, Norway, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Relocating home activities: spatial experiments in Malaysian apartment houses to accommodate the vernacular lifestyle, Seo, K., Ghani, M., Sarkom, Y. 4 Mar 2022, In: Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
  • Propositions for a Resilient, Post-COVID-19 Future for the AEC Industry, Nassereddine, H., Seo, K., Rybkowski, Z., Schranz, C., Urban, H. 8 Jul 2021, In: Frontiers in Built Environment
  • Determinant factors of pedestrian volume in different land-use zones: Combining space syntax metrics with GIS-based built-environment measures, Lee, S., Yoo, C., Seo, K. 19 Oct 2020, In: Sustainability (Switzerland)
  • Social Hierarchy Materialized: Korean Vernacular Houses as a Medium to Transfer Confucian Ideology, Seo, K., Ryoo, S. 26 Jan 2020, In: Sustainability

Agnieszka Wir-Konas Interface between houses and streets: Understanding the spatial organisation of English speculative estates, 1880-2018 Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 18/03/2020

  • Architecture PhD September 01 2014
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

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