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Byoung Cho: My Life as An Architect in Seoul

Byoung Cho


The second book in the 'My Life as an Architect' series, looking at the Seoul buildings that have shaped the practice and outlook of the celebrated Korean architect Byoung Cho

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Since founding his practice BCHO Architects Associates in Seoul in 1994, Byoung Cho has built a reputation as the key architect driving the expansion of one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Influenced by Korea’s rich aesthetic tradition, Cho utilizes understated forms to create serene buildings that yield powerful and subtle experiences for their inhabitants. His work focuses on seemingly simple structures and has a strong regard for nature and sustainability.

This companion to Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo presents twenty-nine portraits of the buildings and districts of Seoul that have most influenced Cho, from a 12th-century shrine to a 14-metre-square concrete box, and includes a number of his own designs. Lively texts are interspersed with the architect’s own drawings and elegant photographs printed with a coloured tint.

In mixing personal asides with architectural and historical detail, the book builds up a multi-layered picture of Seoul, and offers a unique insight into Cho’s architectural philosophy.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 18.5 x 13.5 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 62

Publication date: 26 October 2023

ISBN: 9780500027110

Contents List

29 buildings and districts
Buildings by BCHO Architects
Buildings by other architects

About the Author

Byoung Cho founded BCHO Architects Associates in Seoul in 1994. Over the last three decades he has built up a reputation as one of the key architects driving the expansion of one of the world's most densely populated cities. Byoung is the general director of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2023.