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Korean Architectural History and Theory

Bong-ryol Kim  |  President

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Bong-ryol Kim received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Architecture from Seoul National University, after which he studied history theory as a visiting scholar at the Architectural Association Graduate School in London. He was the President of the Korea Association for Architectural History, Member of the Seoul Hanok Committee, and Member of the Seoul Metropolitan Architecture Policy Committee, and is currently Chair of the Architectural Heritage Subcommittee of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Republic of Korea. Based on his extensive knowledge of ancient architecture, he is working hard to popularize architecture. He published books such as Buddhism Architecture (Solbook), Korean Architecture Story of Bong-ryol KIM 1-3 (Dolbegae), and The Secret Spirits of Korean Architecture (Saffran Books) and was awarded the Nampa Prize by the Architectural Institute of Korea and came in 1st place in the International Competition for Master Plan of The Yongsan Park. After acting as the Head of Office of Academic Affairs & Student Affairs and the Head of Office of Planning, he is currently the acting President of the Korea National University of Arts since 2013.

Architectural Design

Jong-kyu Kim

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Jong-kyu Kim received his bachelor of science degree in Architecture at Yonsei University and went on to work at the design office of Dongwoo Architects in Seoul. Thereafter, he acquired his AA Diploma at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the UK, worked at Building Design partnership and Florian Beigel Architects in London, and currently has a Private Practice under the name of M.A.R.U. in Seoul. He prioritizes creating a neutral space with limited materials and restrained format; in other words, his focus is to make a comfortable and natural building that forms a relationship with its surroundings. He has exhibited at Thames Housing (London)-Oasis (RIBA International Award), where he was awarded the Grand prize, and left construction pieces at the CAIS Gallery Seoul and Uijae Museum of Korean Art, for which he won the Korean Institute of Architects Award and Grand Prize for the Korean Architecture Award, respectively.

Structural Design

Sun-woo Park

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Sun-woo Park received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Korea University and learned structural design while working in the general design office at Hyundai Construction. Thereafter, he studied Dipl.-ing at Aachen University of Engineering (RWTH-Aachen) and Dr.-ing at Dortmund University in Germany and gained work experience and knowledge at IPP Germany and Dongyang Safety Mind. His fields of interest are large spatial structures and footbridges. His notable works include the Diamond Square Footbridge and the 42nd National Line Footbridge in Ansan, and the Yoido Saegang Footbridge (Winning piece of the Korean Association for Spatial Structures). He was awarded thesis awards from the Korean Association for Spatial Structures for The Design Concept and World-wide Trends for the Structural Design of Footbridge and The Architecture and Structure Eero Saarinen. He wrote books on architectural structure such as Architectural Structure Essay of Sun-woo PARK (Wooribook), Architectural Structure chat of Sun-woo PARK (Wooribook), and Glass Architecture (Wooribook).

History of Modern Architecture

Don-son Woo  Dean

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Don-son Woo received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Seoul National University and completed the Ph.D. course work there, after which he received his Doctorate of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He is currently a professor at the Korea National University of Arts. He was previously a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and an international visiting scholar at the Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT). He held the posts of Vice President of the Korea Association for Architectural History and President of the Korean Society for Urban History and is currently the Director of the Architectural Institute of Korea and Committee Member of Cultural Properties in Seoul. His main field of interest is changes in palace structure in the modern transitional period and attempts to compare this with similar phenomena in other Asian countries. Furthermore, his research focuses on the history of housing in Asia, social history of architects, relationship between the education of architectural history and planning education, and the preservation and study of the modern floor plan. He wrote books such as Tears of the Palace, One Hundred Years of Silence (2009, Co-author), Korean Architectural Concept Dictionary (2013, Co-editor and author), Constructing the Colonized Land (2014, Co-author), Korea Modern Architecture in Transition and 4.3 Group (2014, Co-author), and Unhyeongung (2017, Co-author). He was awarded Fellowship (joint award) at the 2006 SAH Senior Annual Meeting, Fellowship at the 2015 Japan Foundation, and the 2016 Nampa Award by the Architectural Institute of Korea.

Architectural Design

Tae-young Kim

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Tae-young Kim received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seoul National University. She was trained at Kiohun Architect & Associates in Seoul before getting a qualified architect in Korea. she worked on numerous architecture and masterplan projects as a Senior Associate at Gensler London, while co-running Atelier 7 in the University of Greenwich.

Tae-young’s interest is in the spatial organisation of co-housing and public spaces from a topological perspective. Her collaboration projects with Urban Topology include Eunhye Co-Housing (Second prize, Seoul Architecture Awards / Third prize, Korean Architecture Award 2018) and Seong-dong Book MARU (third prize, Public Building Awards of Korea 2018). She is currently sitting in Seoul Metropolitan Architecture Policy Committee and Seong-dong Community Architect MP.

Archiectural Design

Byung-chan Kim

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Byung-chan Kim received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Korea National University of Arts and master’s degree in Architecture at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, graduating cum laude. He worked in yo2, hna ongodang, and SAMOO Architects in South Korea and OMA and C Concept Design Architects as a Project Architect in the Netherlands. He is a registered architect in the Netherlands and was an assistant professor in architecture at Dong-A University from 2012 until 2014. Byung-chan Kim’s interest is in exploring new architectural styles from an urban/public perspective. As a cooperative architect at Rhythmos Architects, he has participated in numerous public/private projects, for which he was awarded and published in competitions and journals such as the second prize in the Kim Geun-tae Memorial Library Architecture Competition, second prize in the Wolgye Cultural Welfare Center Architecture Competition, third prize in the Busan Opera House International Architecture Competition, and Silver Prize in the 2016 Busan Architecture Award for his ‘Gwangalli House’, alongside being published in the Architecture & Culture Vol.389/ Mark Vol. 47, etc. for his Busan Tower Renovation). He is currently serving as a public architect in Seoul Metropolitan city and as a member of the Architectural Committee of Jongno-gu, Seoul.

History of Asian Architecture

Kang-Min Lee  |  Department Head

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After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Seoul National University, Kang-min Lee received his master’s degree with his research on the history of early modern Korean housing and his Ph.D. with his dissertation on the structure and space of East Asian architecture at the same university. Since 2011, he has operated the National Hanok Center (NHC) of the Architecture & Urban Research Institute (Auri) as the Center Director and researched hanok promotion policies. He has given lectures on Asian architecture for the History of Korean Architecture, Asian Architecture department at the Korea National University of Arts since 2016. He is currently an expert advisor at the Ministry of Culture / Committee Member of Cultural Properties, a Member of the Building Committee for the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and a Member of the Korean Association of Architectural History (KAAH). He was awarded the Award for Excellent Books of Basic Sciences (Korean Studies) by the National Academy of Sciences for his book 3 bay×3 bay: A Typological Approach to Korean Architecture (Seoul National University Press, 2006) and was awarded the 4th SIMWON Architecture Award for Academic Researchers in 2013 for his book Purlin Structure and Rafter Structure: The East Asian Civilization and Principles of Structural Design (Spacetime, 2013). He is conducting research into the characteristics of Korean architecture from the perspective of East Asian civilization.

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