Woo Kyu-sung is a world renowned Korean architect receiving international recognition and wide publication. His designed works accomplish a delicate balance with the utmost precision and accuracy which satisfy absolute geometry and artisan spirits of the buildings
Architect Woo Kyu-sung was born in Seoul, Korea in 1941. Woo received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Architectural Engineering at Seoul National University. Woo then went to the US, received a Master of Architecture at Columbia University in 1968 and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University in 1970. After graduation, he worked closely with Josep Lluis Sert at Sert, Jackson & Associates between 1970 and 1974. He was a senior Urban Designer for the Mayor’s office of Midtown Planning and Development, New York, NY in 1975, and became the Principal of Kyu Sung Woo Architects, Inc. since 1990.
Woo's designed works range from large scale housing to institutional buildings and contemporary art museums. He designed the 1988 Olympic Village in Seoul, Nerman Museum, Behrakis building in Northeastern University and Whanki Museum etc, and one of his works 10 Akron Street, the Harvard Graduate Residence awarded "the Harlestone Parker Medal" which is an award to recognize the single most beautiful building in Boston. Woo is currently working on Asian Culture Complex in Gwangju, IT Convergence Building in KAIST, Healthcare Complex in Dartmouth College, a hotel in Ghana and a residential unit in Istanbul. He always prioritizes people and the surrounding nature more than buildings itself. And through this, he's inspiring many architects and many people beyond his architectural works.
On today's HEART TO HEART, passionate architect Woo Kyu-sung is here with us to share his life journey as an architect.