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Professor

Prof. John Hong John Hong

504, Bldg.39

+82-2-880-1621

johnh@snu.ac.kr

Education

M.Arch. Harvard Graduate School of Design , U.S.
B.Sc. in Architecture: University of Virginia , U.S.

Bio

John Hong received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.Sc. in Architecture with Honors from the University of Virginia. He has served as Associate Professor in Practice at the Harvard GSD, and has held visiting professorships at other major universities including the University of Pennsylvania and as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the City College of New York. He is co-founder of the award winning practice SsD with offices in NY and Seoul. His work has been exhibited at international venues including the 2014 Venice Biennale as well as published in major media such as Architectural Record, Metropolis Magazine, Dwell Magazine, The New Yorker, and Space Magazine. His built projects have garnered many prestigious awards including fourteen AIA awards, Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard, the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League NY, a Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction Award, and the Metropolis Next Generation Prize to name a few. His writing on contemporary architectural culture has been published widely including in the book ‘Convergent Flux: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Korea,’ as well as in the article ‘Interdependent Urbanism’ (Birkhauser).

Statement

John Hong’s design research includes three major focus areas: Representational Strategies, Interdependent Urbanism, and Computational Convergence. The work of his lab, ‘Project : Architecture’ intentionally uses the verb form of the word ‘project,’ as in to ‘propose, contemplate, plan, and cast forward.’ In this way the research examines the future potential of architecture as a catalyst for change. Some of the central questions of the research are: As representation is now at the conflux between digital and material media, how can we generate and understand new spatial paradigms? With the complexity of today’s urban architecture that must bridge radically diverse social and technical imperatives, how can new forms of interdependencies be at the same time agonistic and productive? Finally related to the above concerns, how can computation be intentionally utilized to converge diverse scales, materials, social criteria, and technical systems, so that minimum form can gain maximum effect? Through testing these questions in theory and practice in the form of writing, exhibitions, and built works, the design research of Project : Architecture takes an informed, optimistic approach towards architecture’s role as one of the most effective forms of cultural production.

Class

Basic Studio 3 (Architecture and Evironment)
Architectural Design Studio 3-2
Architectural Design Studio 4-1
Architectural Design Studio 4-2