Junyoung Myung is a Ph.D. candidate (History and Theory track), architect and urban researcher at the Illinois School of Architecture. His current research engages with history and theory of transnational architecture and urbanism; the relationship between cultural change and built environment; placemaking by immigrant communities; and public history and collective memory. More specifically, Junyoung’s studies aim to investigate how immigrants perceive public space in different localities and how transnational placemaking affects ethnic community formation and development in urban and suburban areas through the lens of transnational urbanism and socio-spatial theories and practices.
Holding a Master in Urban Design from Seoul National University, a Master in Heritage Conservation (Historic Preservation) from the University of Southern California, Junyoung has extensive academic training and professional experiences in architecture, urban design, and historic preservation. Before starting the Ph.D. program, he worked for architecture firms, research institutes, non-profit organizations, and LA City planning department. His research activities included the field surveys and documentation of properties located within historic districts and the management of cultural heritage for the community’s sustainability.