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Prof. Jin Baek Jin Baek






B.S., M.S. Seoul National University, Korea
M.Arch. Yale University, U.S.
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, U.S.


Jin Baek earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Seoul National University, Master of Architecture from Yale University, and completed his Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Before he joined the faculty of the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University, he taught theory, design studio and history at the School of Architecture and Community Design, University of South Florida, Department of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, and the Department of Socio-Cultural and Environmental Studies, University of Tokyo.


Baek’s research interest ranges from theory to the issues related to design and planning. To name some of the topics of interest: cross-cultural issues between East Asia and the West, cultural ecology and sustainability in architecture and urbanism, and ethics and its spatiality. As a theoretician, while embracing other schools of thinking such as post-structuralism, he is in general interested in phenomenology and its significance upon the topic of interests listed above. He is currently researching into the notion of pungto in Korean, (fudo in Japanese and climate in English in its extended meaning), the relationship between regionality and technology, the notion of region and its implication for sustainability, and the inter-personal dimension in sustainable performances that criticizes excessive emphasis on privacy in favor of collectivity in modern and contemporary residential architecture. For this research, Baek is reviewing writings of Tetsuro Watsuji, works of vernacular architecture in Japan and Korea, and unpublished writings and architectural works of Richard Neutra. Along with this academic research, he is also strongly interested in eliciting lessons from his theoretical reflections for practical situations in the life world. In this regards, he is currently developing sustainable planning specific for regions’climate, culture, history and economy.


History of Architecture 2
Activity and Space
Introduction to Architectural History
Studies in Architectural Design Process