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Kon Kim is an architect and urban planner. He is currently PhD Candidate in Urban Studies, School of Architecture an Cities, University of Westminster. He hold a Master degree in Urban Regeneration from University College London (BSP) and a first degree in Architecture from Korea National University of Arts (K-Arts). Prior to joining University of Westminster as a doctoral researcher, he gained diverse professional experiences in both private and public sectors. It ranges over interdisciplinary professions from city branding in the market up to urban research in the government. 

Kon is a chartered member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and a licentiate member of RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) in the UK. As an architect and urban planner, he has cooperated with Asian-based research centres such as AURI (National Architecture and Urban Research Institute), and LHI (Korea Land and Housing Institute). Since 2019, he has been officially appointed by Seoul metropolitan government as an oversea urban researcher for urban regeneration policy research publications.


Kon’s research interests centre around social sustainability in East Asia’s urban processes with a focus on urban voids (space), urban neighbourhoods (actor), and urban governance (system). There are three particular strands in his research; vacant, leftover, derelict landscapes as a new participatory urban space; neighbourhoods as an alternative source of urban development; transformative partnerships for just and sustainable urban development in the East Asian cities.

Kon’s current doctoral research is sponsored by S. Korea Government and University of Westminster. His doctoral research is to examine the particular form of citizen participation through intermediate organisations in urban regeneration process; that is defined as ‘intermediary-led participation’. This questions about to what extent citizens can take part in decision-making processes through the intermediate intervention. This question is linked to how much the intermediate intervention has actually contributed to empowering citizens and expanding their autonomy in cities. From collective point of view, the both questions are ultimately tied up to how community sector can be developed and empowered through the intervention of intermediate sector. To answer such questions, therefore, his doctoral research aims to critically examine the mechanisms of ‘intermediary-led participation’ emerging in new urban regeneration framework in S. Korea.


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.