Photo: Junghwa SuhJunghwa K. Suh, D.Arch

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


EID 200 Fundamentals of Interior Design, EID 202 Introduction to Technical Drawing, EID 220 Building Systems, EID 271 Materiality in Interior Design, EID 321 Programming & Space Planning, EID 325 Introduction to Lighting Design, EID 414 Portfolio, EID 471 Commercial Design Studio


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

Dr. Suh’s research examines various ways to visualize and conceptualize design ideas through interdisciplinary lens. Her research explores ways to implement environmental systems as design tools which is developed from her doctoral dissertation about daylighting performance and its effect in the built environment for human comfort, sustainability and space aesthetics. Dr. Suh also explores various digital and mobile applications that can help connect students’ ideas with their mobile devices outside of the classroom.

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, 2013
M.A. Interior Design, Washington State University, 2009
B.S. Mathematics, Gonzaga University, 2003

Area(s) of Specialization

Visualization and conceptual development in design process
Implementation of environmental systems as design tools
Integration of mobile/digital technology in design education

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