Jong Hyun Lim

  • B.Sc., architecture, Sungkyunkwan University, 2000
  • M.Arch., architecture, Sungkyunkwan University, 2002
  • M.Sc., historic preservation, University of Pennsylvania, 2005

"With my interdisciplinary academic and professional experiences in architecture, history and preservation, my ultimate goal as an educator is to instill a passion of academic studies on those topics in my students as I share my own vision of historic preservation for learning with them. I believe that each student needs a stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature academically, intellectually and professionally, and it is my desire to help students meet their maximum level of potential by providing an interactive learning environment that invites a sharing of creative, professional, and futuristic preservation visions and perspectives on the contemporary built environments."

Jong Hyun Lim | Historic preservation professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Fellowship for Foreign Exchange Research, Korea Research Foundation; Research Grant for Instructional Materials Development; Korea Foundation; Anthony Nicholas Brandy Garvan Award for Outstanding Thesis, University of Pennsylvania; Grant for Graduate Internship, J.Paul Getty Trust; Illona English Travel Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania; Diversity Scholarship from National Trust for Historic Preservation; Brain Korea 21 Research Fellowship, Korea Research Foundation; Outstanding Design Award of Post Professional School of Architects


Forum-UNESCO, International Council on Monuments and Site /International Council on Archaeological Heritage Management, Individual Affiliate of Asian Academy (UNESCO-Bangkok), National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Geographic Society, Korean Association of Architectural History, Architectural Institute of Korea

Previous Positions

Visiting scholar, School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, U.K.; project researcher, Building Environment Research Center, Seoul, South Korea; researcher, Research Institute of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Civil Engineering Research Units, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea; project intern, Getty Conservation Institute of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, California; summer associate, Center for Historic Buildings in the U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.; graduate intern, National Park Service, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; research assistant, Architectural Conservation Lab., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; field surveyor, Kyonggi Cultural Foundation, South Korea; research assistant, Research Institute of BK-21 National Project, Seoul, South Korea

Publications and presentations


  • "Linking Local Knowledge with Heritage Documentation: visualizing Southern Vernacular Heritage at Montgomery historic Community, Savannah, GA, U.S.A.," SAVE Heritage (Capri, Italy), 2011
  • with Stephen Hartley, "In Search of the Utopian: the Urban Morphology of the "Main Street" Movement" Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series. Vol. 233. 2011
  • "Conservation Approaches of Urban Historic Landscape in the Era of Globalization: In the Same Bed but with Different Dreams?" Historic Environment. Vol. 23. Number 1, 2010. Australia-ICOMOS
  • "Cultural Identity of Vernacular Architecture in the Urban Context: Desire, Continuity and the Visual Tradition" presented at the 2nd Asian Academy for Heritage Management Conference (AAHM2209), Macao, Republic of China. 2009
  • with Jeanne Lambin, "When Bad Preservation is Good Stewardship of the Historic Urban Landscape: Remapping Authenticity of Place with Esoteric Interpretation", 12th International Seminar, sponsored by Forum UNESCO-University of Heritage, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2009
  • "Giving Reconstruction a History: Architectural Renaissance of Invented Tradition in Modern Korea" Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series. Vol. 202. 2008
  • with Sang-hae Lee, "A Study on the Family Life and Historic Changes of Architectural Plans of Gyeonggi Vernacular Dwellings in terms of an Inhabitant's Custom". Journal of the Architectural Institute of Korea. v.24 n.1 (2008-01)
  • "Use of Ancient Memory as a Strategic Tool of Cultural Tourism" presented at the 10TH US/ ICOMOS International Symposium: Heritage Tourism hosted by Architectural Resources Group and the Presidio Trust. San Francisco, California, 2007
  • "Filling the Gap between Heritage Documentation and Cultural Reality: Architectural Survey of pre-1945 Buildings for Creating a Heritage Inventory", Research Conference Proceedings on Asian Approaches to Conservation, 2006
  • Jong Hyun Lim. "Who has the Right to Judge the Value of Heritage?" presented at the 2nd Annual ENAME Colloquium: Who Owns the Past? sponsored by ENAME Center for Public Archaeology & Heritage Presentation. Ghent, Belgium. 2006


  • "Recording and Documentation of Vernacular Architecture: Montgomery Community, Savannah, GA, U.S.A." New Light on Vernacular Architecture, Douglas, Isle of Man, June 25, 2011
  • "Keeping Royal Ancestral Heritage for Cultural Prosperity in the 21st Century Urbanism: Modern use of Royal Tombs (Wangreung) and Royal Ancestral Shrine (Jongmyo) of Joseon Dynasty in Seoul Metropolitan city, South Korea." 7th Savannah Symposium: Savannah, Georgia, February 2011
  • "The Future of Historic Cities: Challenges, Contradictions, Continuities" to the seminar participants as one of the four key panelists for the Expert Round Table Discussion at the Cambridge Heritage Seminar (University of Cambridge) in United Kingdom, April 19, 2009