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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

On the Web

Research Interests

Healthcare Design & Wellness  

Environmental Gerontology

Aging in Place

Human and Computer Interaction 

Current Projects


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


  1. Kim, D. (2021). Understanding how older adults negotiate environmental hazards in their home, Journal of Aging and Environment [SCOPUS]
  2. 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, 12(4), Special Issue on Prognostics and Health Management for Human Health & Performance II.

  3. Kim, D., Chang, C., Margaret, J (2021). Understanding Older Adults’ Perception and Usage of Indoor Lighting in Independent Senior Living, Health Environment Research and Design Journal, 14(3), 215-228  [Impact factor: 2.624, SSCI].
  4. Parrott, K R., Lee, S., Kim, D., Robinson, S. R. & Giddings, V. L (2021). The role of informal support systems in residential environments for low-income older renters: An exploratory study, Housing and Society, 48:3, 314-327, DOI:10.1080/08882746.2020.1839841 [SCOPUS].
  5. Kim, D., Bosch, S. J., Lee, J. (2020). Alone with others: Response and needs of college students at the academic library, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Online publication: [Impact factor: 1.287, SSCI]
  6. Kim, D., Lee, S., Kim, S-K, Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. (2019). 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. [Impact factor: 0.250, SSCI]
  7. Lee, S., Kim, D., Kim, S-K., Parrott, K. R., Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. (2019) Emerging Themes on Aging in Place from Low-income Elderly Renters, Housing and Society, 46(2), 110-127. [SCOPUS]
  8. Lee, S., Kim, D., Parrott, K. R., Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. (2019). Financial and health challenges for low-income (US) Elderly Homeowners Aging in Place, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 111(2), 31-42.
  9. Kim, D., & Portillo, M. (2018). 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. [Impact factor: 1.545, SSCI]
  10. Lee, S., Kim, D., Parrott, K. R., Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. (2017). Perceptions on residential environments for urban low-income elderly homeowners aging in place, Housing and Society, 44(1-2), 4-21. [SCOPUS]
  11. Kim, D., & Ahrentzen, S. (2017). Environmental and behavioral circumstances and consequences of falls in a senior living development, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 31(4), 286-301. [SCOPUS]
  12. Platt, L. S., Bosch, S. J., & Kim, D. (2017). 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. [A&HCI]
  13. Bosch, S. J., Apple, M., Hiltonen, B., Worden, E., Lu, Y., Nanda, U., & Kim, D. (2016). 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. [Impact factor: 3.55, SSCI]
  14. Campbell, N., & Kim, D. (2016). 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. [SCOPUS]
  15. Kim, D., Lee, J. H., & Ha, M. (2014). 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. [A&HCI]
  16. Shin, H., Kim, D., & Ryu, H. (2013). A study on public facilities plan of apartment housings for the elderly residents, Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea Planning & Design, 29(1), 15-23. [KCI]
  17. Kim, D., Shin, H., & Ryu, H. (2012). The preference of healthcare smart home system: Focusing on senior and pro-senior, Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea Planning & Design, 28(5), 151-159. [KCI]
  18. Kim, D., Shin, H., & Ryu, H. (2011). The evaluation of planning elements in the senior housing environment based on characteristics of elderly, Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea Planning & Design, 27(9), 151-161. [KCI]
  19. Lee, H., Lee, J., Kim, D., & Ha, M. (2011). A study on the direction of the lighting plan for crime-free in street of commercial districts, Journal of Seoul Studies, 12(1), 73-89. [KCI]
  20. Kim, D. (2010) A study on the spatial planning elements to vitalize Korean-style apartments, Journal of Yonsei Research, 51, 1-26. [KCI]
  21. Won, S., Kim, S., Lee, H., Kim, D., Park, J., & Ha, M. (2009). A study on accessibility of the walking environment in university campus facilities, Journal of the Korea Institute of Ecological Architecture and Environment, 9(1), 11-22. [KCI]
  22. Kim, D., Kim, S., Lee, H., Won, S., Park, J., & Ha, M. (2009). A study on application of Universal Design principles to classrooms in university, Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea Planning & Design, 25(2), 123-133. [KCI]
  23. Kim, D., Lee, H., Kim, N., & Ha, M. (2009). A study on the lighting plan and the fear of crime in outdoor spaces of apartment complexes, Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea Planning & Design, 25(1), 133-145. [KCI]