Daekwon Park

Registered Architect (NY), LEED AP
Doctor of Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Faculty Research Fellow, Syracuse Center of Excellence
Director, MATR Lab & Studio

daekwonpark@gmail.com/ dpark103@syr.edu

Dr. Daekwon Park is a registered practicing architect and assistant professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture. He is a faculty research fellow and director of the Material Archi-Tectonic Research Lab (MATR LAB) at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Park is also the founder of the multidisciplinary design practice MATR STUDIO based in Syracuse and Seoul. His research, practice and pedagogy investigate 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, Park engaged 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. He actively collaborated with Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Harvard), Material Processes and Systems 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 also 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 the University of Illinois.

Before establishing his practice MATR STUDIO, Park gained extensive experience in large-scale sports and entertainment facility design and had practiced in various countries around the world including USA, Australia, China, and Korea. During his appointment as director in Korea for Populous (formerly HOK Sport), he managed all the projects in Korea including the Ansan Baseball Dome, Gimpo Sports Town Masterplan, and the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium.

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