Minjung Maing is Associate Professor at Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong where she teaches design studios, core building technology courses and postgraduate thesis. Her research interests are design-technology integration, sustainability, building envelope technology, thermal comfort, building science and how it affects urban planning.
Prof. Maing conducts research on urban sustainability, thermal comfort and building performance-based design. Her research involves methods of technology integration from the urban scale to the building and human scale – thermal comfort. Her ongoing research projects are investigations of building envelope impact on urban thermal environment, and of building design, urban greening, and sustainable housing development. She is interested in how building design affects urban and social environment and how climate and design parameters can effectively integrate with building performance engineering. Her past research and work experience has been on building envelope materials, design integration, fabrication parametric modeling, performance analysis, and construction economics. Through her research she has been involved on built projects to assist in multi-disciplinary work methods, and investigate performance metric management relating to building envelope design and construction.
Besides using technical research methods to understand our built environment, Maing also participates in research looking at the social impacts incurred by our built environment and is investigating aging, housing perceptions and young housing options in high-density environments with a multi-disciplinary team of research faculty.
Her teaching is focused on empowering designers to engage effectively in emerging practices through better understanding of technical aspects of design and to enhance integration of design intent with high performance design. Prior to joining HKU, she taught at Chinese University of Hong Kong and Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture. She has practiced in USA and South Korea gaining diverse experience in architectural design, structural design and envelope technology engineering. She has lectured widely in the United States and Asia on topics of design technology and pedagogy. Her educational background is in architecture and engineering with advanced degrees in both fields. She is a Registered Architect, member of American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a Professional Licensed Engineer in USA.
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