Daekwon Park
Doctor of Design (Harvard University), Registered Architect (NY), LEED AP

Daekwon Park is a licensed architect (New York) and researcher focusing on the intersection between design, material technology, and environmental science with an emphasis on how it influences the way the built environment is designed, built, and occupied.

Before joining Syracuse Architecture as Assistant Professor, Daekwon has been engaging in a wide range of teaching and research opportunities at Harvard, MIT Media Lab, Rhode Island School of Design and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. During this time, he has actively collaborated with Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Harvard), Design Robotics Group (Harvard GSD), Responsive Environment and Artifacts Lab (Harvard GSD), High-Low Tech Group (MIT Media Lab), Changing Places Group (MIT Media Lab), and Media and Design Laboratory (EPFL).

He has extensive experience in large scale sports and entertainment facility design and has practiced in various countries around the world including USA, Australia, China, and Korea. During the appointment as director in Korea for Populous (formerly HOK Sport), he has manages all the projects in Korea including the Ansan Baseball Dome, Gimpo Sports Town Masterplan, and the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium. As the founder/ co-founder of multi-disciplinary design practice meta-territory_studio and SISO (Systematic Input Soft Output), he actively participates in various competition, exhibition, and publication activities.

Daekwon has served as Project Manager at the Material Processes and Systems Group at Harvard GSD and was the recipient of the Jack and Elizabeth Meyer University Scholarship from Harvard University and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship from University of Illinois. He is currently a Faculty Research Fellow at the Syracuse Center of Excellence; serves as peer reviewer for the Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture; and invited as guest editor for the Automation in Construction journal.

Awards and Grants

First Prize, Reimagine Place Syracuse Public Installation Project Request for Proposal, American Institute of Architects Central New York, Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement & Economic Development, Syracuse Connective Corridor, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, 2016

Best Paper Award Runner-up, Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), 2015

Young CADDRIA Award, Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), 2015
Paper: Poisson’s Ratio Material Distribution

Special Mention, Jacques Rougerie Competition, Jacques Rougerie – Space and Sea Generation Foundation – Institut de France, 2014
Project: OCEAN HYACINTH, Floating tidal marsh islands

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship 2014-2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-2015

Jack and Elizabeth Meyer University Scholarship, Harvard University, 2012-2015

Winner, Bullhorn Audience Award 2012, Cembrit, Helsinki, 2012
Project: Captive Motion

Short-Listed, GSD Pavilion Design-Build Competition, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2012
Project: Periscopes

Honorable Mention, Bullhorn-Cembrit Design Competition, Cembrit, Helsinki, 2012
Project: Captive Motion

Merit Award, International Competition for Osong BioValley Master Plan, Chungcheongbuk-do Government, Korea
Project: Dynamic Connections, 2011

Third Prize, Foundation CLU (Fondation Concept Lumière Urbaine) 2010-2011 Edition, Philips Lumec, 2011
Project: Sensible Light

Second Prize, 10UP Design Build Competition, Young Architects Forum of Atlanta, 2011
Project: Air Pavilion

International Architecture Awards (Populous and Heerim Architects), The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design, 2010
Project: 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium

Second Prize, Professional Category, International Ideas Competition for the Bering Strait Project
Union of International Architects, Korean Institute of Architects, Foundation for Peace and Unification, 2009
Project: Bridge the Memory

Architecture Category Winner in Monsters of Design Award, Young Architects Forum, Kansas City, 2008
Project: Symbiotic Interlock

Notable Entry in RE: CONNECT, Urban planning for people and place Competition, Urban Re:Vision, 2008
Project: Symbiotic Interlock, 2008

Shortlisted in Di Stasio Competition, The new Australia Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, Di Stasio, 2008
Project: Venice Biennale, New Australian Pavilion

Special Mention at 08 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo Architecture, 2008
Project: Symbiotic Interlock

James M. White Memorial Prize in Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006

Frank B. and Jennie M. Long Traveling Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Chicago Award Nominee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society, University of Illinois Chapter, 2005

Finalist at the Cheonggyecheon Area Urban Design Competition, Seoul Metropolitan Government, 2003
Project: As it was, As it is, As it will be