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College of Environment and Design

Sungkyung Lee


Curriculum Vitae


Phone: 706-542-1798
Street address: 146 Jackson Street Building
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Biographical Information

Sungkyung Lee is an Associate Professor who teaches design studio, digital representation, graduate research method, and environment and behavior seminar courses in the BLA, MLA, and MEPD programs. She is interested in the relationship between powerful socio-economic/cultural changes (i.e. modernization, war, and colonialism) and urban landscapes. Her scholarship is centered around the questions of how such contexts influence the physical environment through destruction and redevelopment, change people’s perception and use of the place, and create a different human-environment relationship.

Her current research focuses on the design issues of urban revitalization practice involving redevelopment of informal community spaces, such as historic street markets and other sites of significant collective community memories. Viewing ‘design’ as represented by a specific building or in the general spatial practice, her recent research critically examines the role of design in the redevelopment process and its impact on the sense of place and community ties to the place.


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

Selected Publications

Lee, S. “Market Modernization and the Sense of Place Lost in Transformation” in Urban Renewal, Community and Participation: Theory, Policy, and Practice. [forthcoming, under contract with Springer and will be promoted as part of their Urban Book Series.]
Lee, S. and L. Lawson. “Challenging the Blank Slate” in Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity. [forthcoming, under contract with Island Press]
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.

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