Daejin Kim

Daejin Kim PhD

Assistant Professor, Interior Design

Signature Research Areas



Campus Office: 376 Design

Mailing Address
Interior Design Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011
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BS, Architectural Engineering, Inha University, South Korea --2008

MS, Housing & Interior Design, Yonsei University, South Korea --2012

PhD, Design, Construction and Planning concentration in Interior Design,  Minor degree: Research Evaluation Methodology concentration in Quantitative Methods, University of Florida --2016


Research Interests

Healthcare Design & Wellness  

Environmental Gerontology

Aging in Place

Human and Computer Interaction 



Current Projects


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

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

Publication Subvention Grant – Scholarly work (,500)

Space planning for clinical settings

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

Predicting Individuals’ Functional Difficulties at Home Using Statistical Machine Learning

2020 BNIM Regenerative Design Challenge (,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 (,916)

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


Lee, M., Kim, D., Bian, J., Romero, S., Bliznyuk, N. (2023). Identifying demographic and home features influencing older adults’ home functioning by using machine learning models, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics

Alam, S, Kim, D. (2023). Wayfinding design for older adults with dementia in a long-term care facility, Health Environment Research and Design Journal

Parks, M., Kim, D. (2023). Using a web-based digital simulation to foster empathy for older adults with eye impairments, Educational Gerontology

Kim, D., Bian, H., Chang, C., Dong, L, Margreet, J. (2022). Unobtrusive in-home monitoring for aging in place: A scoping review, Interactive Journal of Medical Research

Lee, M.J.; Kim, D.; Romero, S.; Hong, I.; Bliznyuk, N.; Velozo, C. (2022). Examining Older Adults’ Home Functioning Using the American Housing Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 4691. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19084691

Kim, D. (2021) 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. (2021). 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), https://doi.org/10.36001/IJPHM.2021.v12i4.2914

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, https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586720988616

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, https://doi.org/10.1080/08882746.2020.1839841

Kim, D., Bosch, S. J., Lee, J. H. (2020) Alone with others: Response and needs of college students at the academic library, Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(2), 102098, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2019.102098

Kim, D., Lee, S., Kim, S-K, Giddings, V. L., & Robinson, S. R. (2020) 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. (2019) Emerging themes on aging in place from low-income elderly renters, Housing and Society, 46(2), 110-127, http://doi.org/ 10.1080/08882746.2019.1613880

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

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, http://doi.org/10.1177/1937586717754185

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, https://doi.org/10.1080/08882746.2017.1384992

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, https://doi.org/10.1080/02763893.2017.1335667

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, https://doi.org/10.1111/joid.12095

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, http://doi.org/10.1080/02763893.2016.1162253

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, https://doi.org/10.1111/joid.12034