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About Us: Faculty: You Kyong Ahn

You-Kyong Ahn, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History

You-Kyong Ahn616-526-6038
Office: Spoelhof Center 105A



MArch, Texas A&M University
PhD, Texas A&M University

Research and Professional Interests

  • Historic preservation/Adaptive reuse
  • Sacred architecture
  • Architectural theory
  • Interior design
  • Environmental color design
  • Visual communication


Recent Publications

“Surveying Perceptions of Chapel Architecture in Relation to Campus Identity: Calvin College as a Case Study” Planning for Higher Education 42(1) (October-December, 2013)

“Perception of Adaptive Reuse of Historic Churches: Functions and
Preferences” Preservation Education Research, Vol.13 (2013)

“Professionals’ and non-professionals’ preferences of adaptive reuses of historic churches and preservation of the churches as a community/social symbol” The Fate of Churches, Future for Religious Heritage (September, 2014)

Conference Presentations

“Professionals’ and Non-Professionals’ Preferences of Adaptive Reuses of Historic Churches and Preservation of the Churches as Community/social Symbol” Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) Leuven, Belgium (September 2013)

“Adaptive-Use of Historic Churches: Comparison of Public and
Professionals’ Perception of Charitable and Non-charitable Reuses”
Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)
Chicago (May 2011)

"Community Reuse of Church Buildings and Sustainable Urban Renewal: Public Perception of Reuses” presented a paper at IMCL (International Making City Livable) annual meeting, Santa Fe, NM (June, 2008).

"Preserving the Pantheon: the Role of Critical Architectural Features in Adaptive Reuse Projects” presented a paper in SESAH (Southeast Chapter of architectural Historian) annual meeting, Auburn, AL (September, 2006).

"Adaptive Reuse of Abandoned Historic Churches” presented a poster in APTI, Atlanta, GA (Association of Preservation Technology International) Conference (September, 2006).

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