Alumnus Dongmin Park (Ph.D Architecture, '16) is the recipient of a post-doc fellowship from the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University for the 2017-2018 academic year. Park will study the early years of U.S. - Korean relations through the lens of the built environment. His focus will be on several collaborative architectural projects between Korea and the U.S. from the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.
Dongmin Park is an architectural historian interested in how buildings and cities were used as an instrument of power and legitimacy in the early Cold War, focusing primarily on divided Korea as a case study. Park’s particular topics of research interest include urban reconstruction, trans-Pacific transfers of architectural practices and education, reformation of the architectural profession, and the design and production of housing.
About the Kyujanggak Institute
The Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies was established by combining the Kyujanggak Archives with the Institute of Korean Studies. Through preservation, organization, and examination of historical materials at the Kyujanggak, the institute focuses on the research of Korean history and culture. The main time period of the archive is from the end of the Joseon Dynasty to the beginning of the modern era. The Institute is also working with scholars to expand the research scope from medieval to post modern times. The collection also houses a library of period photographs and videos.