Regents Cite Hyoung-June Park for Teaching Excellence

photo: Hyoung-June ParkCenter for Korean Studies faculty member Hyoung-June Park, associate professor in the School of Architecture, will be among those awarded the University of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching at the 2014 awards ceremony April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching is awarded by the Board of Regents as a tribute to faculty members who exhibit an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness, and creativity and personal values that benefit students.

Park, who serves as chair of the undergraduate program in the School of Architecture, teaches core computer-aided architectural design courses, design studios, and advanced design computing courses. His research interests include design optimization, mass-customization, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, and computational study of cultural contents. His articles have been published in mainstream peer-reviewed international journals. He holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Michigan.

The citation accompanying Park’s award credits his drawing “inspiration from the idea of reflection in action as a method of teaching tacit or technical knowledge to students instead of mere skills, thus enabling them to grow as practitioners and researchers. He believes that design capability can be maximized when study is properly conceptualized with a balance between design knowledge and technology. In his specialty of Computer-Aided Architectural Design, this axiom reveals itself in student success at national and international competitions. He finds it exhilarating and encouraging that student progress and mutual trust are built through the feedback and dialogue process in the design studio. He has significantly impacted the curriculum of the School through evoking academic interest and encouraging learning based on scientific thought within twelve different courses he has developed. Both colleagues and students describe him as talented, resourceful, personable and passionate as a teacher, researcher, practitioner and life-long mentor to many.”