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.”