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Gunwoo Kim

Gunwoo Kim

Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory


Gunwoo Kim is a clinical assistant professor of landscape architecture at Arizona State University. He received his PhD (2015) degree in Architecture and Design Research from Virginia Tech, MLA (2011) degree from Seoul National University, and BLA (2008) degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The overarching theme of his teaching and research is to study and understand the complex interrelationships between ecosystem services and human health and well-being and to find solutions or alternatives to support sustainable futures. His research focuses on urban vegetation and its effects on environmental quality and human health, in particular the urban ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure. Current his research examines the contribution to urban ecosystems made by green infrastructure and ways to value the vegetation growing on vacant land in our cities, and seeks to identify alternative strategies for utilizing these spaces for short and long-term urban regeneration and renewal. A paper on this project was published to the Journal of Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (2015), which recently won a Virginia ASLA Research Award. He has been award a grant for project “Assessing Multiple Ecosystem Services in Urban Green Infrastructure to Support of Sustainable Community in Arizona) by APS Endowment for Sustainable Design Research ($14,824.51). He is an invited reviewer of Landscape and Urban Planning and Environmental Science & Policy.

Passionate about sharing ecological design approaches and models, he has extensive teaching experience, having taught ecological landscape planning, landscape ecology, community design, GIS and site engineering to name a few and he has collaboration experience working in teams at the USDA Forest Service. His interest here is to explore the role of landscape architecture in supporting urban sustainability to improve environmental quality and human health and well-being.


  • PhD, Architecture and Design Research, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2015
  • MLA, Landscape Architecture, Seoul National University, 2011
  • BLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008