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Amy Kim

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Assistant Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering


Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. She graduated with an architecture degree from University of Illinois, and then obtained an MS in Civil Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Civil Engineering focusing on predicting energy savings from energy service projects from Texas A&M University.

Prior to obtaining her graduate degrees, she worked as an architect and project engineer in Chicago on large public infrastructures. Her expertise includes assessing the impact of occupant behavior on building energy modelling, building indoor environmental quality monitoring, and facility operational decision making strategies. Dr. Kim is a LEED AP (BD+C) and a Fitwel Ambassador and certified the first Fitwel government building in the Puget Sound area in 2018.


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, Texas, 2014
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, Illinois, 2008
  • B.S. in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 2001

Previous appointments

  • Researcher Assistant, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), 2013-2014
  • Researcher Assistant, Texas A&M University, 2009-2013
  • Construction Project Engineer, Primera Engineers, 2007-2009
  • Architect, DLA Architects, Ltd., 2006-2007
  • Architect, Earth Tech (now part of AECOM), 2001-2005

Research Statement

Dr. Kim’s research mainly focuses on the interactions between sustainable building design, facility operation and the needs of the occupants in terms of comfort, well-being, and performance. Currently, her work includes quantifying the impact of healthy workplace strategies that foster productivity and team collaboration for improved organizational performance. She is also co-investigating a performance-based building design approach that is human-centric using a coupled conventional and renewable energy systems.

Honors & awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, 2015, UW CEE
  • Best Paper Award, 2015,CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference Vancouver, BC
  • New Scholar Program Fellow, 2014, Construction Industry Institute (CII)
  • TAMU Department of Civil Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2012, TAMU
  • Greenbuild International Conference Multimedia Visual Competition (2nd), 2011, USGBC
  • Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Outstanding Service Award, 2004, CSI