Seung H-Sang

April

 

Traditional Buddhism Center, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Traditional Buddhism Center, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim
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Current Work
Seung H-Sang

Moderated by John Hong
1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

One of the most important Korean architects practicing today, Seung H-Sang founded his office, IROJE architects & planners, in 1989. He was a core member of 4.3 Group, which helped to shape the past 20 years of Korean architecture and participated in the formation of the Seoul School of Architecture. Seung’s leading work is informed by his philosophy on emptiness, the subject of a book he co-authored with Min Hyun-Sik in 2005. According to Seung, “empty space is unique in that it offers extraordinary experiences in the context of ordinary…it mobilizes [the] senses and provides room for sound, weather, seasons, nature to take place within [us].

His built work demonstrates keen interest in formal variations, boundaries and the creation of dynamic urban-like environments. Seung has gained international recognition for projects such as Welcomm City in Seoul (2000); Commune by the Great Wall in Beijing (2001); Chao-Wei SOHO project in Beijing (2004); Korea DMZ Peace-Life Valley in InJe (2005); Guggenheim Pavilion in Abu Dhabi (2007); and the grave of the late former President of Korea, Roh Moo-hyun in Kimhae (2009). Seung was an Honorary Fellow of The American Institute of Architects in 2002 and the Korean National Museum of Contemporary of Art named him “artist of the year” in 2002, the first architect to receive the honor.

Seung maintains an active life outside of his firm’s office, teaching and publishing several award-winning books: Beauty of Poverty (1996, Mikunsa), Architecture, Signs of Thoughts (2004, Dolbegae), and Landscript (2009, Yoelhwadang). With Chinese artist and architect Ai Weiwei, Seung co-directed the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale—producing a markedly more politically provocative and participatory exhibition than the South Korean biennale has known in past years.

John Hong is a Co-founder and Principal of SsD architecture + urbanism.

Traditional Buddhism Center, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Traditional Buddhism Center, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Memorial for Former president Roh Moo-hyun, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Memorial for Former president Roh Moo-hyun, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

360 Earth Water Flower Wind, Country Club House, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

360 Earth Water Flower Wind, Country Club House, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Korea DMZ Peace and Life Valley, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Korea DMZ Peace and Life Valley, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

30th Anniversary Memorial Hall of Daejeon University, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

30th Anniversary Memorial Hall of Daejeon University, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Moheon + Sayawon, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Moheon + Sayawon, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Lock Museum | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Lock Museum | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Subaekdang, Korea | photo credit: Osamu Murai

Subaekdang, Korea | photo credit: Osamu Murai

Club House, Commune by the Great Wall, China | photo credit: Moon Jungsik

Club House, Commune by the Great Wall, China | photo credit: Moon Jungsik

Teochon House, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Teochon House, Korea | photo credit: Jongoh Kim

Time & Place
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
Tickets
Tickets are free for League members; $15 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here, beginning April 3.
Support
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.