Jong Hyun Lim

PhD

Vernacular identity of traditional style architecture in the contemporary urban ontext: A study on the conceptual transformation and practical application of Hanok in Seoul, South Korea

Qualifications

Master of Architecture (Sungkyunkwan University, Korea)
Master of Science in Historic Preservation (University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)

While and after completing an M.Arch. and MSc degree in Historic Preservation, I worked on various conservation projects for the Getty Conservation Institute, the National Park Service, the Center for Historic Buildings at the Chief Architect’s Office of the U.S. General Services Administration, and the Construction & Building Environment Research Center, and the Clarence Thomas Center for Historic Preservation.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Marcel Vellinga, Dr Aylin Obasli

Research project

This research examines vernacular identity of traditional style architecture by focusing on its arrangement, adaptation, and transformation within the urban contexts so as to identify the continuity of vernacular building tradition(s) in the 21st century. The motivation of this study arose from a direct observation of not only different place-making and/or pattern of vernacular built environment around the world, but also unique approaches to represent national ‘traditionality’ as a counterpart of “modernity.” This research specifically explores how traditional style Korean houses (collectively called hanok), have been “conceptualised” as a symbol of Korean architecture during the last century and “reimagined” (or re-configured) as sustainable urban residences in the contemporary practices. In particular, this research aims to identify how hanok has been historically understood, socially interpreted and culturally represented through its physical arrangement, adaptation and changes from the late 19th century to current. The result of this research would contribute towards bridging the conceptual gap of architectural scholarship between traditionality and vernacular modernity in the 21st century urbanism.

Conferences where research has been presented

Lim, Jong Hyun. Cultural Identity of Vernacular Architecture in the Urban Context: Desire, Continuity and the Visual Tradition. Paper presented at the 2nd Asian Academy for Heritage Management Conference: Urban Heritage and Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities, Macau, Republic of China. Dec 2, 2009

Lim, Jong Hyun. (2008). Giving Reconstruction a History: Architectural Renaissance of Invented Tradition in Modern Korea. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. vol.20, no 1: 24-26

Publications

Lim, Jong Hyun (2015). The Introduction of Academic Curriculum on the Architectural Heritage Conservation to the Contemporary Architectural Education and Professional Practices. Review of Architecture and Building Science, vol.59, no.08: 64-69

Lim, Jong Hyun (2014). Chapter 18. Balancing the Ideological Pendulum in National -Heritage: Cultural Politics in the Management of Japanese Colonial Heritage in Modern Korea. In World Heritage and National Registers: Stewardship in perspective (pp. 209-218). Transaction. (ISBN: 978-1412852654)

Lim, Jong Hyun Ed, and trans. History of Korean Architecture. Suwon: University of Kyonggi Press (ISBN: 978-89-86922-68-4), 2013

Lim, Jong Hyun (2011) Conservation Approaches to the Historic Urban Landscape In the Era of Globalization: In the Same Bed but with Different Dreams. Australia-ICOMOS Journal of Historic Cities. vol.23, no 1: 56-60

Lim, Jong Hyun (2010) In Search of the Utopian: the Urban Morphology of the “Main Street” Movement Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. vol. 22, no 1: 59-61

Lim, Jong Hyun and Lee, Sang-hae. (2008). A Study on the Family Life and Historic Changes of Architectural Plans of Gyeonggi Vernacular Dwellings in terms of an Inhabitant’s Custom”. Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea, v.24 no.1: 153-160

Other relevant information

My research and teaching interests include, but are not limited to sustainable community planning & design, interdisciplinary heritage studies, recording and documentation of cultural heritage, preservation theories & philosophy and international heritage protection policies.

Jong Hyun Lim

PhD
Vernacular identity of traditional style architecture in the contemporary urban ontext: A study on the conceptual transformation and practical application of Hanok in Seoul, South Korea

Supervisor(s)
Dr Marcel Vellinga
Dr Aylin Obasli