A practical art always has promises to keep…architecture is grounded in the ethical.
–Colin St John Wilson
–Colin St John Wilson
My research is primarily concerned with creating positive place experiences in homes and community buildings. I broadly interpret those experiences as an outcome of complex interactions among physical structure, social relations, social and cultural norms and expectations that govern building shapes and uses. To better understand these places experiences, I examine both practical and symbolic aspects of buildings using field based qualitative and quantitative approaches. Within this broad theoretical framework of place experiences, I focus on two general areas of study: (1) culture and the residential environment where I explore social and cultural norms that give forms to building shapes and how it frames place experiences of the dwellers; (2) spatial evaluation of community buildings such as religious and educational facilities according to the intended use. In both areas of study, I listen to the voices of the inhabitant i.e., surveys, narratives of their lived experiences, and I also observe their everyday practices. The ultimate goal is to create deep impact on both research and practice world through policy discussion and provision of design guidelines.
My teaching efforts are directed towards demonstrating the application of research and social theories to the study of buildings. I emphasizes a broad range of methodologies and their conceptual linkage to social theories in the inquiry of building design. I also play a central role in introducing design foundations to incoming design students. Specific DS courses taught include:
Shin, J (2016) Toward a theory of environmental satisfaction and human comfort: A process oriented and contextually sensitive theoretical framework. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 45, p. 11-21. DOI: 10.1015/j.henvp.2015.11.004
Reviewer comment: A paper that is as ambitious as this one often errs in one of two ways. Either the attempted integration is so global that little substantive is being offered, or in the process of attempting to gain specificity, the complexity of the problem being examined is reduced to simplicity and artificiality. This paper avoids both of these pitfalls and carries off a broadly integrative account that is rich in details. In a remarkably short article, given its topic, the author conveys a deep understanding of the diverse theoretical positions and research literatures considered. The care and precision in the language employed carries what could have been a very nebulous discussion to levels of detail that are admirable. The concluding methodological section adds to what is already an excellent presentation. Too many papers in environmental psychology fail to consider carefully the concepts they employ. This paper is a welcomed exception to that tendency.
Shin, J (2015) Declining body, institutional life, and making home; are they at odds?: The lived experiences of moving through staged care in long-term care settings. Healthcare Ethics Committee (HEC) Forum (HeathCare Ethics Committee Forum: An Interprofessional Journal on Healthcare Institutions’ Ethical and Legal Issues), 27(2), p. 107-125 DOI: 10.1007/s10730-015-9269-5
Shin, J (2014) Reconstructing Korean traditional houses: Architectural discourse on tradition, identity, and quality of life in contemporary Korea. International Journal of Constructed Environment, 4(2), p.53-72
Shin, J, & Miller, S (2014) Audio-visual environment and the religious experiences in green church buildings: A cross-case study. Journal of Interior Design 39(3), 1-24 DOI: 10.1111/joid.12030
Shin, J (2014) Living independently as an ethnic minority elder: A relational perspective on the issues of aging and ethnic minorities. American Journal of Community Psychology. 53 (3-4), p.433-446, DOI: 10.1007/s10464-014-9650-6
Shin, J (2014) The residential choices of ethnic elders in affordable housing: Changing intergenerational relationships and the pursuit of residential independence, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 28, p. 221-242, DOI: 10.1080/02763893.2014.899541
Reviewer comment: This paper is very well written and does illustrate the need for a life-course perspective related to housing choices. In addition to the outcomes of the study, the theoretical proposition is, perhaps, the greatest contribution to the field.
Shin, J. (2014) Making Home in the Age of Globalization: Spatial Analysis of elderly homesin Korea and in the U.S. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 37(1), p.80-93.
Reviewer comment: This is a beautifully conceptualized paper that deserves to be published. The theoretical development of the topic lays out a multi-level, sophisticated analysis of the topic addressed by drawing on the wide-ranging knowledge of several disciplines and multiple theoretical perspectives. The topic of housing for the aged has an international urgency that conflicts with the rather small amount of research and scholarship that addresses it. The global reach of the agency studied, as well as the cross-cultural comparison, are very illuminating and interesting. The authors make excellent use of their data to support their claims.
Shin, J (2013) Gendering Places: Residential Technology and Changing Gender Relations in Korea. Gender, Place, and Culture, 20 (3), 382-400
Shin, J., Castellano, D., & Miller, S. (2012) Communicating the Mission of Earth Stewardship through Green Buildings: The Social Impact of LEED Certification in Religious Organizations in Madison, WI. International Journal of Constructed Environment, 2(2), pp.247-268.
Shin, J (2012) Keeping Warm in a Changing Place: The Meanings and Place Experiences of the Korean Heated Floor and House Structure in the 20th Century. Space and Culture. 15(3)
Reviewer comment: Fundamentally, I find this fascinating, and worthy of publication without any major work. The author a phenomenological examination of the ways Korean media and elderly Koreans remember the ondol (underfloor flue) heating system and how these memories inflect experiences of home and modernity. A strength is the way the author discusses how ondol structure(d) the habitus of social hierarchy, gender, and other social dynamics. On the one hand, the paper does reflect on, and at some moments forefront, the implications of various material shifts in ondol technology, mostly since the mid-20th century. On the other, for much of the paper, there is a more static feel of how ondol “used to be.” While, as I began reading, I thought I would be hearing more about shifts (e.g., “apartment ondol,” on analogy to Valerie Gelezeau’s work), ultimately I came to regard this aspect/focus of the paper as a choice rather than a problem. There is probably a paper out there on “apartment ondol” to be written, but this is not it, and since I ultimately am happy to see a deep and nuanced phenomenological treatment of ondol I think that can just be left for another occasion.
Shin, J. (2004) Hospital birthing room design: a study of mothers’ perception of homeyness. Journal of Interior Design 30(2), p23-36.