Hwang - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Youngjin Hwang


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
PhD Candidate in Architectural Science

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Environmental Building Design

Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
Master of Architecture II
Bachelor of Architecture

Research Interests

Climate-adaptive building technology, renewable energy, building energy modeling and simulation, cyber-physical system


Youngjin Hwang is an architect, architectural scientist, and assistant professor of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. He is a PhD candidate in Architectural Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and is expected to earn the degree in 2022. At RPI, he has worked at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology, an institution-wide interdisciplinary research center, and taught research-oriented classes. In addition, He earned his Master of Environmental Building Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to the U.S, He worked as an architect and a building performance specialist for several years at Gansam Architects & Partners in South Korea.

His research centers on the intersection of architectural design, thermodynamics and building technology toward sustainability in the built environment. He focuses on investigating issues related to building energy and exploring the next generation of climate-adaptive building technologies, renewable energy systems, and architectural design harnessing thermodynamics and renewable environmental forces. His research interests include advanced energy modeling and simulation, cyber-physical system and building fabrication. His work has been published in peer-reviewed conferences and exhibited widely, including at NYC Wanted Design, Seoul Architecture Festival, and KIA International Competition.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Hwang Y, Wasti A, Borca T, Shultz J, Vanfretti L & Tsamis A (2022), “Modeling, Simulation, and Evaluation of a Double-Sided Hydronic-Layer-Embedded Opaque Climate-Adaptive Building Envelope,” in proceedings of 2022 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild.

Hwang Y, Wasti A, Borca T, Vanfretti L & Tsamis (2021), A, Modeling and Simulation of a Structurally Integrated Building Energy Module. 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Design Construction Conference, Virtual conference, Mar 6-8, 2021.

Tsamis A, Hwang Y & Borca T (2020), “An Ectothermic Approach to Heating and Cooling in Buildings,” in proceedings of 2020 AIA/ACSA Intersection Research conference: CARBON.

Featured Awards

Honors Convocation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2021)

Humanities, Art and Social Sciences (HASS) Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2021)

Excellence Award of Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, South Korea (2015)

Excellence Award of Mayor, Seoul Architectural Award, South Korea (2012)

Honorable Mention in Visionary Concept, AWR International Design Competition, Italy (2012)

Special Prize, 2011 Korea Architecture Remodeling Competition, South Korea (2011)


Tsamis A, Borca T and Hwang Y. 2021. Hydronic System and Method for Heating and Cooling a Building: U.S. Provisional Patent 63, 228, 233. Filed August 2, 2021.