Michael Jung

Mentor: Dr. Guy Peterson
College of Design, Construction, and Planning
"There have always been many questions that I have had about design.  When the opportunity came to explore the theory and "why" behind pure architectural style, I really had no choice but to pursue the University Scholars Program.  By doing so, I hope to understand what it is that draws the lines on my paper and essentially track where the ideas come from."





Research Interests

  • Psychology and Architecture

Academic Awards



  • Fab Lab Club



Hobbies and Interests

  • Bicycles
  • Building
  • Being outdoors

Research Description

Association, Automatism, Architecture
We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal. We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.”  This quote by Mark Rothko has changed my design strategies. Not only has it begun to influence the outcome of my studio work, but it has planted a seed of interest that seeks to better understand clean design. My research project will investigate the power and beauty of clear architectural forms.  More specifically the study will seek to understand why it is that humans are so moved by seemingly simple designs, as well as what type of experience is perceived and how we receive them. The influence for the idea came from a fascination with the works of Mark Rothko, Piet Mondrian, Cubism, Surrealism, Carl Jung, Richard Meier and Sigmund Freud.  Through pragmatic research on these field leading figures associated movements, I will gain a better understanding of unconscious thought patterns and how it shapes past and present work related to modernism. By traveling during the summer to different art museums, interviewing specific design related friends/past design professors, avant-garde film directors, architects and poets who I know; I will answer the “why” behind architecture that is defined as clear and simple. It is important to state that this project will revolve around the application of surreal/abstract ideas to architecture.  Why is it that a clean form can provide an experience that is more complex and sophisticated than a physically complicated structure? How do spaces of “clear” architecture define the context of a subject better or differently than other forms of space? In addition to the proposal’s main idea, side studies will be developed during the research process that study phenomenon that every human experiences.  These include examining human psychology, understanding/practicing creative writing, and studying natural spaces that relate to the project.