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Department of

Interior Design

Assistant Professor

Daejin Kim PhD

Assistant Professor, Interior Design

Mailing Address

Interior Design Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-7408
Office: 376 Design


PhD, Design, Construction and Planning concentration in Interior Design, Minor degree: Research Evaluation Methodology concentration in Quantitative Methods, University of Florida, 2016
MS, Housing & Interior Design, Yonsei University, South Korea, 2012
BS, Architectural Engineering, Inha University, South Korea, 2008

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Research Interests

Healthcare Design & Wellness  

Environmental Gerontology

Aging in Place

Human and Computer Interaction 

Current Projects


Fieldstead & Company Endowment for Community Enhancement Fund ($5,000).

Revitalizing Small Communities for Aging Population in Iowa: Making Home Modifications More Accessible

Publication Subvention Grant – Scholarly work ($9,500)

Space planning for clinical settings

2020 American Occupational Therapy Foundation – Health Services Research ($50,000)

Predicting Individuals’ Functional Difficulties at Home Using Statistical Machine Learning

2020 BNIM Regenerative Design Challenge ($9,500)

A Best Practice Manual for Aging in Place: Revitalizing Small Communities for Aging Population in Iowa

2019 Bridging the Divide from the office of the vice president for research ($24,916)

Saving Older Adults Living in Darkness: Ambient Intelligence Technology of Lighting System


Kim, D., Bian, H., Chang, C., Dong, L, Margreet, J. Unobtrusive in-home monitoring for aging in place: A scoping review, Interactive Journal of Medical Research (In press)

Lee, M.J.; Kim, D.; Romero, S.; Hong, I.; Bliznyuk, N.; Velozo, C. Examining Older Adults’ Home Functioning Using the American Housing Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 4691.

Kim, D. Understanding how older adults negotiate environmental hazards in their home, Journal of Aging and Environment, DOI: 10.1080/26892618.2021.1918814

Sprowls, M., Serhan, M., Chou, E., Lin, L., Frames, C., Kucherenko, I., Mollaeian, K., Li, Y., Jammula, V., Logeswaran, D., Khine, M., Yang, Y., Lockhart, T., Claussen J., Dong, L., Chen, J. J., Ren, J., Gomes, C., Kim, D., Margrett, J., Narasimhan, B., Forzani, E. Integrated sensing systems for monitoring interrelated physiological parameters in young and aged adults, Special Issue on Prognostics and Health Management for Human Health & Performance II, 12(4),

Kim, D., Chang, C., Margaret, J. Understanding older adults’ perception and usage of indoor lighting in independent senior living, Health Environment Research and Design Journal, 14(3), 215-228,

Parrott, K R., Lee, S., Kim, D., Robinson, S. R. & Giddings, V. L. The role of informal support systems in residential environments for low-income older renters: An exploratory study, Housing and Society, 48:3, 314-327,

Kim, D., Bosch, S. J., Lee, J. H. Alone with others: Response and needs of college students at the academic library, Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(2), 102098,

Kim, D., Lee, S., Kim, S-K, Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. Home environmental barriers for low-income older renters: An empirical study with the aging-in-place perspective. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 36(1), 15-34

Lee, S., Kim, D., Kim, S-K., Parrott, K. R., Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. Emerging themes on aging in place from low-income elderly renters, Housing and Society, 46(2), 110-127, 10.1080/08882746.2019.1613880

Lee, S., Kim, D., Parrott, K. R., Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. Financial and health challenges for low-income (US) elderly homeowners aging in place, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 111(2), 31-42

Kim, D., & Portillo, M. Fall hazards within senior independent living: A case-control study of high and low fall rate buildings, Health Environment Research and Design Journal, 11(4), 65-81,

Lee, S., Kim, D., Parrott, K. R., Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. Perceptions on residential environments for urban low-income elderly homeowners aging in place, Housing and Society, 44(1-2), 4-21,

Kim, D., & Ahrentzen, S. Environmental and behavioral circumstances and consequences of falls in a senior living development, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 31(4), 286-301,

Platt, L. S., Bosch, S. J., & Kim, D. Toward a framework for designing person-centered mental health interiors for veterans, Journal of Interior Design, 42(2), 27-48. One of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded papers in 2016-2017,

Bosch, S. J., Apple, M., Hiltonen, B., Worden, E., Lu, Y., Nanda, U., & Kim, D. To see or not to see: Investigating the links between patient visibility and potential moderators affecting the patient experience, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 33-43

Campbell, N., & Kim, D. Designing an ageless social community: Adapting a new urbanist social core to suit baby boomers in later life, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 30(2), 156-174,

Kim, D., Lee, J. H., & Ha, M. Exploring perceptions of designers and medical staff in South Korea about design elements for the elder-friendly hospital, Journal of Interior Design, 39(4), 15-32,