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Sungkyung Lee


Curriculum Vitae


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Biographical Information

Sungkyung Lee is an Associate Professor in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.

She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree and a PhD degree in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Cultural Studies from the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on the intersections of urban landscapes, culture, identity, and sense of place. Particularly, she is interested in the issue of spatial identity related to the dramatic transformations of built and social environments (i.e., modernization, commercialization, war, and colonialization). Collectively, her research is centered on the questions of how such socio-economic and political contexts affect the built environment, influence the use and perception of a place, and contribute to creating a different human-environment relationship. Combining landscape research with theories from Cultural Studies, Human Geography, and other critical spatial disciplines, her interdisciplinary work provides insight into the 'disturbed' urban landscape by voicing up the perspectives of the inhabitants and their everyday landscape experiences.

Using sites in the U.S. and South Korea, her past and current research has dealt with the topical issues of collective landscape memories and the lived experience in the context of South Korea's rapid modernization; community design and participation in low-income communities in the U.S.; urban redevelopment and the construction of the inauthentic sense of place; and the cross-cultural diffusion of public parks in the context of colonialism.


Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture (with a Minor in Cultural Studies), University of Illinois
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Summa cum laude, Dong-A University, South Korea


LAND 6950 Research strategies

EDES 6660 Environment and behavior seminar  

LAND 6220 Representations II

LAND 4095/6912 Sustainability in design studio

Selected Publications

2018. Lee, S. “Market Modernization and the Sense of Place Lost in Transformation” in Urban Renewal, Community and Participation: Theory, Policy, and Practice. 111-125. Springer.
2017. Lee, S. and L. Lawson. “Challenging the Blank Slate” in Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity ed. David de la Peña, Diane Jones Allen, Randolph T. Hester, Jeffrey Hou, Laura J. Lawson, and Marcia J. McNally. 21-26. Island Press.  (This book was recognized by the 2018 EDRA Great Places Book Award and selected as one of the top 10 books of 2018 by THE DIRT and American Society of Landscape Architects.)
2016. Lee, S. Service-learning through Virtual Studio. Chinese Journal of Landscape Architecture.Issue 12: 95-105.
2013. Lee, S. and S. Kim. Social Learning Values in the Justification Discourses for Million-pyeong Park, Busan, South Korea. Journal of the Korean Institute of Landscape Architecture. Vol. 41, No. 5: 19-27.
2012. Lee, S. A Site from Seen to Contextualized: Urban Place in Busan, South Korea. Journal of Urban Design. Vol. 17, No. 4: 532-548.
2010. Lee, S. Reading the Invisible Legacy of Urban Places. Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Conference Proceeding: Landscape legacy: Landscape Architecture and Planning between Art and Science: 10.
2007. Lee, S. “Re-visioning Place in Contemporary Urban Landscape.” in Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method and Policy, ed. Cameron McCarthy, Aisha S. Durham, Laura C. Engel, Alice Filmer, Michael Giardina, and Miguel A. Malagreca, 271-284. New York: Peter Lang publisher.

Selected Honors and Awards

2017  Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award, UGA
2016, 2014  Faculty Recognition for Student Career Development, UGA
2014  Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation, UGA
2014  Outstanding Teaching Faculty, UGA
2011  Service-learning Fellow, UGA
2007  The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
2006  EDRA Nature and Ecology Paper Award
2002-07  Human Dimensions of Environmental System Scholar, Univ. of Illinois
2003  The Honor Society of Sigma Lambda Alpha
2003  Graduate ASLA Award of Merit
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