Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee

Hyun Woo "Chris" Lee

P.D. Koon Endowed Associate Professor, Construction Management

Hyun Woo “Chris” Lee is a PD Koon Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management (CM). Prior to joining the CM Department in January 2016, he spent 3.5 years as an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, and 7 years in the U.S. and Korean construction industries as field engineer, project engineer, and estimator. He received his B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Seoul National University in 1999, and his M.S. and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and 2012, respectively.

Prof. Lee’s research interests center on developing models to identify, quantify, and mitigate various risk factors inherent in the development of energy-efficient commercial buildings and sustainable infrastructures. His research is currently focused on 3 types of risk factors: (1) financial risks associated with sustainability and energy-efficiency investments, (2) worker safety risks associated with sustainable design features, and (3) design-related risks due to project complexity.

Since 2012, Prof. Lee has led or been involved in 20 research projects (a combined value of over $1.5M), funded by various organizations including Washington State, Google, the US Department of Energy (DOE), the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Currently, he has 5 on-going projects with a combined value of over $400,000. 

As of October 2020, Prof. Lee has published 33 peer-reviewed journal papers in top-quality journals such as Applied Energy, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Automation in Construction, and Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. In addition, he has co-authored 24 peer-reviewed conference papers and 14 technical reports.



Shang, L., Dermisi, S., Choe, Y., Lee, H. W., & Min, Y. (2023). Assessing Office Building Marketability before and after the Implementation of Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Policies—Lessons Learned from Major U.S. Cities. Sustainability (Basel, Switzerland), 15(11), 8883–. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15118883 View Publication

Min, Yohan; Lee, Hyun Woo. (2023). Characterization of Vulnerable Communities in Terms of the Benefits and Burdens of the Energy Transition in Pacific Northwest Cities. Journal of Cleaner Production. View Publication

Lee, H. W., Osburn, L., Treece, B, (2023). Charging Forward: Evaluating Public-Private Partnerships for Electric Bus Base Conversion to Support a Zero-Emission Fleet. Seattle, WA.: Mobility Innovation Center, University of Washington. View Publication

Min, Yohan, Lee, Hyun Woo, & Hurvitz, Philip M. (2023). Clean Energy Justice: Different Adoption Characteristics of Underserved Communities in Rooftop Solar and Electric Vehicle Chargers in Seattle. Energy Research & Social Science, 96. View Publication

Wang, Y., Hu, S., Lee, H. W., Tang, W., Shen, W., & Qiang, M. (2023). To Achieve Goal Alignment by Inter-Organizational Incentives: A Case Study of a Hydropower Project. Buildings (Basel), 13(9), 2258–. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings13092258 View Publication


Osburn, Laura; Lee, Hyun Woo; Gambatese, John A. (2022). Formal Prevention through Design Process and Implementation for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Worker Safety. Journal Of Management In Engineering, 38(5). View Publication

Choi, Suji; Kim, Soyeon; Kwak, Mingi; Park, Jaewan; Park, Subin; Kwak, Dongjoon; Lee, Hyun Woo; Lee, Sangwon. (2022). Would You Trust Driverless Service? Formation Of Pedestrian's Trust And Attitude Using Non-verbal Social Cues. Sensors (14248220), 22(7). View Publication


Choi, Kunhee; Bae, Junseo; Yin, Yangtian; Lee, Hyun Woo. (2021). Act(2): Time Cost Tradeoffs From Alternative Contracting Methods. Journal Of Management In Engineering, 37(1). View Publication

Su, Shu; Li, Xiaodong; Zhu, Chen; Lu, Yujie; Lee, Hyun Woo. (2021). Dynamic Life Cycle Assessment: A Review Of Research For Temporal Variations In Life Cycle Assessment Studies. Environmental Engineering Science, 38(11), 1013 - 1026. View Publication


Choi, Kunhee, Bae, Junseo, Yin, Yangtian, and Lee, Hyun Woo. (2014). ACT²: Time–Cost Tradeoffs from Alternative Contracting Methods. Journal of Management in Engineering, 37(1). View Publication

Gomez-cunya, Luis-angel; Fardhosseini, Mohammad Sadra; Lee, Hyun Woo; Choi, Kunhee. (2020). Analyzing Investments In Flood Protection Structures: A Real Options Approach. International Journal Of Disaster Risk Reduction, 43. View Publication

Ho, Chung; Lee, Hyun Woo; Gambatese, John A. (2020). Application Of Prevention Through Design (ptd) To Improve The Safety Of Solar Installations On Small Buildings. Safety Science, 125. View Publication

Nnaji, Chukwuma; Karakhan, Ali A.; Gambatese, John; Lee, Hyun Woo. (2020). Case Study To Evaluate Work-zone Safety Technologies In Highway Construction. Practice Periodical On Structural Design And Construction, 25(3). View Publication

Lee, Yong-cheol; Shariatfar, Moeid; Rashidi, Abbas; Lee, Hyun Woo. (2020). Evidence-driven Sound Detection For Prenotification And Identification Of Construction Safety Hazards And Accidents. Automation In Construction, 113. View Publication

Shang, Luming; Lee, Hyun Woo; Dermisi, Sofia; Choe, Youngjun. (2020). Impact Of Energy Benchmarking And Disclosure Policy On Office Buildings. Journal Of Cleaner Production, 250. View Publication

Nnaji, Chukwuma; Gambatese, John; Lee, Hyun Woo; Zhang, Fan. (2020). Improving Construction Work Zone Safety Using Technology: A Systematic Review Of Applicable Technologies. Journal Of Traffic And Transportation Engineering (english Edition), 7(1), 61 - 75. View Publication

Rodriguez, Barbara X.; Huang, Monica; Lee, Hyun Woo; Simonen, Kathrina; Ditto, Jim. (2020). Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing And Tenant Improvements Over The Building Lifetime: Estimating Material Quantities And Embodied Carbon For Climate Change Mitigation. Energy And Buildings, 226. View Publication


Park, Kyungmo; Lee, Hyun Woo; Choi, Kunhee; Lee, Seung-hyun. (2019). Project Risk Factors Facing Construction Management Firms. International Journal Of Civil Engineering, 17(3), 305 - 321. View Publication


Nnaji, Chukwuma; Lee, Hyun Woo; Karakhan, Ali; Gambatese, John. (2018). Developing A Decision-making Framework To Select Safety Technologies For Highway Construction. Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management, 144(4). View Publication

Lee, Hyun Woo; Harapanahalli, Bharat Anand; Nnaji, Chukwuma; Kim, Jonghyeob; Gambatese, John. (2018). Feasibility of Using QR Codes in Highway Construction Document Management. Transportation Research Record, 2672(26), 114 - 123. View Publication

Kim, Jonghyeob; Lee, Hyun Woo; Bender, William; Hyun, Chang-taek. (2018). Model For Collecting Replacement Cycles Of Building Components: Hybrid Approach Of Indirect And Direct Estimations. Journal Of Computing In Civil Engineering, 32(6). View Publication

Nnaji, Chukwuma;gambatese, John;lee, Hyun Woo. (2018). Work Zone Intrusion: Technology To Reduce Injuries & Fatalities. Professional Safety, 63(4), 36 - 41. View Publication


Shakouri, Mahmoud; Lee, Hyun Woo; Kim, Yong-woo. (2017). A Probabilistic Portfolio-based Model For Financial Valuation Of Community Solar. Applied Energy, 191, 709 - 726. View Publication

Gambatese, John A.; Pestana, Catarina; Lee, Hyun Woo. (2017). Alignment Between Lean Principles And Practices And Worker Safety Behavior. Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management, 143(1). View Publication


Choi, Kunhee; Lee, Hyun Woo. (2016). Deconstructing The Construction Industry: A Spatiotemporal Clustering Approach To Profitability Modeling. Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management, 142(10). View Publication

Choi, Kunhee; Lee, Hyun Woo; Mao, Zhuting; Lavy, Sarel; Ryoo, Boong Yeol. (2016). Environmental, Economic, And Social Implications Of Highway Concrete Rehabilitation Alternatives. Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management, 142(2). View Publication

Shakouri, Mahmoud; Lee, Hyun Woo. (2016). Mean-variance Portfolio Analysis Data For Optimizing Community-based Photovoltaic Investment. Data In Brief, 6, 840 - 842. View Publication

Choi, Kunhee; Lee, Hyun Woo; Bae, Junseo; Bilbo, David. (2016). Time-cost Performance Effect Of Change Orders From Accelerated Contract Provisions. Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management, 142(3). View Publication

Kim, Tae-hyung; Lee, Hyun Woo; Hong, Seok-woo. (2016). Value Engineering For Roadway Expansion Project Over Deep Thick Soft Soils. Journal Of Construction Engineering And Management, 142(2). View Publication


Shakouri, Mahmoud; Lee, Hyun Woo; Choi, Kunhee. (2015). Pacpim: New Decision-support Model Of Optimized Portfolio Analysis For Community-based Photovoltaic Investment. Applied Energy, 156, 607 - 617. View Publication


Hyun Woo Lee(1); Anderson, S.m.(2); Yong-woo Kim(3); Ballard, G.(4). (2014). Advancing Impact Of Education, Training, And Professional Experience On Integrated Project Delivery. Practice Periodical On Structural Design And Construction, 19(1), 8 - 14. View Publication