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Photo: Junghwa SuhJunghwa K. Suh, D.Arch

Assistant Professor, Environmental + Interior Design
Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
(808) 739-8590


EID 201 Fundamentals of Interior Design, EID 202 Introduction to Technical Drawing, EID 321 Programming & Space Planning, EID 325 Introduction to Lighting Design, EID 471 Senior Studio: Commercial Design


Junghwa Suh is an assistant professor in the Environmental + Interior Design program. With her academic background in mathematics, fine art, interior design and architecture, Junghwa brings wide spectrum of interdisciplinary perspectives to interior design education.

Dr. Suh’s research examines daylighting performance and its effect in the built environment for human comfort, sustainability and space aesthetics. Her research also explores various ways to implement environmental systems as design tools in the early design stage. Her creative design work and teaching focus on the interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and environmentally-conscious interior design and architectural practice.

She loves learning to play various musical instruments, enjoys practicing yoga at the beach and traveling around the world.

Academic Degrees

D.Arch. Architecture, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Dissertation title: “Daylighting as a Synthesis Tool: an Integrated Daylighting Design Procedure for Configuration of Buildings”
M.A. Interior Design, Washington State University, Thesis title: “Finding key physical Attributes to Create a Satisfying Workplace for the Millennial Generation”
B.S. Mathematics, Gonzaga University

Awards and Honors

  • International POSCO Steel Design Award: third prize (2012, Korea)
  • AECOM Urban SOS International Design Competition: second prize (2011, UK)
  • Aloha 2010 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition: second prize (2010, USA)
  • Northwest Design Award: first prize (2009, USA)
  • AmeriCorps: Community Design Service Award, 2008-2009

Selected Publications

“Daylighting as a Synthesis Tool in the Early Design Stage: An Integrated Daylighting Design Procedure for Configuration of Buildings” University of Hawai’i, School of Architecture, 2013.

Work featured in Designing Dhaka: A Manifesto for a Better City by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf (LOKA PRESS with the Urban Design Action Group, 2012): 248.

Work featured in “A Lifeline for Drowning Cities” by AECOM Building Magazine UK, vol. 87, no. 1 (November 2011): 27.

Selected Conferences, Talks and Speaking Engagements

“Daylighting as a Synthesis Tool in the Early Stage of an Urban-Scape Design.” The 18th International Conference of the Association of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), 2013

“JALA HUB: City in Flux.” The 29th University of Hawai’i Spring Symposium, 2012

“Finding Key Physical Attributes to Create a Satisfying Workplace for the Millennial Generation.” Washington State University Research Association Symposium, 2009

“A Cultural Beacon: Sustaining Multigenerational Relationships and Community through Design.” Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) West Regional Conference, 2008