Ja Young Kim is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea and a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Kim is interested in the issue of race, place, and environmental equity set in the frame of the built environment and urban form. Building upon her previous research on the potential of urban design to improve walkability in relation to the needs of an aging urban population, in Oakland Chinatown, her research aims to better understand the impact of the built environment on the well-being of older populations and assess diverse public needs on the issues to develop feasible planning interventions. Before joining the MRC, she worked as an architect, urban designer and planner in Berkeley and San Francisco, and more recently as a researcher for the Seoul Institute developing policies for energy efficient buildings and towns in Seoul, Korea.