Seung H-Sang lecture

Korean architect Seung H-Sang lectures on the work of his firm, IROJE.

April 10, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Seung H-Sang | Traditional Buddhism Center, Korea. Credit: Jongoh Kim

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

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 South 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.

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


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

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.



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