Daekwon Park
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Chair

B.S. Architecture, Yeungnam University; M.Arch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MDes Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Doctor of Design (DDes), Harvard Graduate School of Design

Dr. Daekwon Park is the Undergraduate Chair and Associate Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture. He is a faculty research fellow and director of the MATR LAB (Material Archi-Tectonic Research Laboratory) at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Daekwon is a registered practicing architect based in New York and received his Doctor of Design degree at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Before joining Syracuse Architecture, Park engaged in a wide range of teaching and research opportunities at Harvard, MIT Media Lab, Rhode Island School of Design and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He actively collaborated with Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Harvard), Material Processes and Systems Group (Harvard GSD), Responsive Environment and Artifacts Lab (Harvard GSD), High-Low Tech Group (MIT Media Lab), Changing Places Group (MIT Media Lab), and Media and Design Laboratory (EPFL). He also has served as project manager at the Material Processes and Systems Group at Harvard GSD and was the recipient of the Jack and Elizabeth Meyer University Scholarship from Harvard University and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship from the University of Illinois.

Before establishing his practice MATR, Park gained extensive experience in large-scale sports and entertainment facility design and had practiced in various countries around the world including USA, Australia, China, and Korea. During his appointment as director in Korea for Populous (formerly HOK Sport), he managed all the projects in Korea including the Ansan Baseball Dome, Gimpo Sports Town Masterplan, and the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Main Stadium.


  • Invited to KICA International Exhibition, Korean Institute Culture Architecture and Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Seoul, South Korea, 2016
  • Invited to BUGAIK International Architectural Exhibition, Busan-Ulsan-Gyeongnam Chapter of Architectural Institute of Korea, Busan, South Korea, 2016
  • Coordinated the Adaptive Material Technology (AMT) Platform exhibition, Wyss Institute 6th Annual Retreat, Boston, MA, 2014
  • Public Art Competition Exhibition, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2013
  • Exhibition Curation and Participation, Trajectories: 60 years and beyond, School of Architecture, Yeungnam University, 2012
  • High Bridge: Bronx, Building Cultural Infrastructure (HB: BX) Exhibition, Emerging New York Architects, Center for Architecture, New York, 2011

Grants and Awards

  • First Prize, Reimagine Place Syracuse Public Installation Project Request for Proposal, AIA Central New York, SU Office of Community Engagement & Economic Development, Syracuse Connective Corridor, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, 2016
  • Finalist, The Go Beyond: Design Challenge, International Design + Engineering Competition, Ong Foundation, 2016
  • Syracuse Architecture Faculty Research Funding, Syracuse SoA, 2016
  • Syracuse CoE faculty Fellow Seed Funding, Syracuse CoE, 2016
  • Faculty Research Grant, Syracuse CoE, 2015
  • Doctor of Design Research Fund, Harvard GSD, 2015
  • Best Paper Award Runner-up, Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), 2015
  • Young CADDRIA Award, Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), 2015
  • Special Mention, Jacques Rougerie Competition, Jacques Rougerie – Space and Sea Generation Foundation – Institut de France, 2014
  • Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship 2014-2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-2015
  • Jack and Elizabeth Meyer University Scholarship, Harvard University, 2012-2015
  • Doctor of Design Grant and Teaching Fellowship, Harvard GSD, 2012-2014
  • Winner, Bullhorn Audience Award 2012, Cembrit, Helsinki, 2012
  • Short-Listed, GSD Pavilion Design-Build Competition, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2012
  • Honorable Mention, Bullhorn-Cembrit Design Competition, Cembrit, Helsinki, 2012
  • Merit Award, International Competition for Osong BioValley Master Plan, Chungcheongbuk-do Government, Korea
  • Third Prize, Foundation CLU (Fondation Concept Lumière Urbaine) 2010-2011 Edition, Philips Lumec, 2011
  • Second Prize, 10UP Design Build Competition, Young Architects Forum of Atlanta, 2011
  • International Architecture Awards (Populous and Heerim Architects), The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design, 2010
  • Second Prize, Professional Category, International Ideas Competition for the Bering Strait Project
  • Union of International Architects, Korean Institute of Architects, Foundation for Peace and Unification, 2009
  • Architecture Category Winner in Monsters of Design Award, Young Architects Forum, Kansas City, 2008
  • Notable Entry in RE: CONNECT, Urban planning for people and place Competition, Urban Re:Vision, 2008
  • Shortlisted in Di Stasio Competition, The new Australia Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, Di Stasio, 2008
  • Special Mention at 08 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo Architecture, 2008
  • James M. White Memorial Prize in Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • Frank B. and Jennie M. Long Traveling Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • Chicago Award Nominee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005  
  • Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society, University of Illinois Chapter, 2005
  • Finalist at the Cheonggyecheon Area Urban Design Competition, Seoul Metropolitan Government, 2003