Hyekyung Imottesjo

Edited on 16/12/2023

Hyekyung Imottesjo

  • Sweden

  • _Other, English, Swedish
  • hki@citysyncsolutions.se
Hyekyung Imottesjo
Availability :
Available for Ad-hoc expertise missions

Validated Expert info

Expert can perform Ad hoc expertise missions at network and programme level in relation to:


1. The design and delivery of (transnational) exchange and learning activities


2. Thematic expertise:
> Digital transformation


3. Methods and tools for integrated and participatory approaches:
> Securing funding and resourcing
> Sustaining stakeholder engagement and translating strategies into actions


My background is in architecture with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and working experience as an architect/ creative director in Tokyo, Japan. I moved back to Sweden to pursue my research career and gained my PhD in Architecture and Civil Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. My research, during the PhD and postdoctoral period, focused on different urban systems as catalysts for resilience in urban built environments from the perspectives of complex adaptive system theory. I am particularly interested in the diversity of urban agents - both living and artificial - and the diverse interactions between the agents that co-create adaptable and resilient urban futures.
I have also developed multiple digital tools and platforms for urban co-creation integrating immersive visualisation technologies and gamification, including Virtual Reality and on-site 1:1 scale Mobile Augmented Reality. Enabling non-experts to communicate their urban spatial vision, and providing a better perception of yet unbuilt spatial design allow knowledgeable contribution of diverse stakeholders during urban co-creation. I have a particular interest in overcoming the challenges of such visualisation both technically; i,e., perception of scale in virtual environments, localizing the virtual objects and socially; i.e., digital illiteracy, and the reluctance to use innovative technologies.  In my research on developing multiple tools, I have discovered that tools are only the means of co-creation, and true co-creation happens when people come together and create dialogues while using the tools.
Currently, I am engaged in innovation ecosystems and co-founded CitySync Solutions AB contributing to knowledge transfer
and urban co-creation for climate and social resilience in addition to research collaborations with diverse EU consortia.