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 is focused on urban governance, urban neighbourhood, and urban public space with an emphasis on its social value and sustainability. It is represented with three particular strands; governance as a social mechanism for sustainable urban development; neighbourhood as a social unit for urban place-making, public space as a social hub for community participation and development in East Asian cities.
Kon’s current doctoral research is sponsored by the Ministry of Education of the government of South Korea and the University of Westminster. His doctoral research aims to critically examine contributions of intermediate organisations to community-based urban regeneration in Seoul. This questions how intermediate organisations can guide and promote community participation in the urban regeneration process. Then, it doubts the validity of such intermediary-led participation for increasing community empowerment and expanding their autonomy in the city. By answering the questions, his doctoral research seeks to contribute to extending discussion about emerging intermediate organisations as alternatives to state and market in other Asian cities such as Singapore, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Furthermore, it will serve as a reference point for other cities in the Global South struggling with community participation and empowerment under developmental or post-developmental urban processes.
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.