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Dr. Suk-Kyung Kim

Dr. Suk-Kyung Kim is an associate professor of Interior Design in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University.

Dr. Kim recently completed a project funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to evaluate housing affordability and needs in mid-Michigan areas and provide a long-term vision for improving regional housing conditions. 

Dr. Kim plans to expand this research and develop a collaborative network with the researchers in South Korea, Japan, and Germany due to their progress with climate-resilient housing plans and policies. She is interested in developing prototypes of climate-resilient affordable housing for low-income families and proposing a comprehensive service mechanism that can cover from the design, planning, and policy programs, to the assessment of this housing. She intends to empower low-income residents and affordable housing program managers to be engaged in the process of this research. Dr. Kim’s ultimate goal is to launch an affordable housing research and design lab to conduct long-term research projects relevant to this topic. She is thus looking for several grants, including HUD Research Partnership Grants and NSF’s Smart and Connected Community Grant.

Dr. Kim’s educational background includes a BS and MS in Housing and Interior Design and a Ph.D. in Architecture.

Global research interests

  • Affordable housing
  • Green design
  • Green building assessment
  • Environmental design for the elderly
  • Theories of defensible space and supportive design

Geographic focus

  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Germany

You can contact Dr. Kim at

Suk-Kyung Kim, headshot