About the Speaker:
Minsuk Cho was born in Seoul and graduated from the Architectural Engineering Department of Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University (New York, USA). After working in various firms, including OMA Rotterdam, he established Cho Slade Architecture in 1998 in New York City with partner James Slade. In 2003, he returned to Korea to open his own firm, Mass Studies.
He has received many awards, including first prize in the 1994 Shinkenchiku International Residential Architecture Competition, the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Award in 2000 for his work at Cho Slade Architecture, and two U.S. Progressive Architecture Awards (Citations) in 1999 and 2003. His work with Mass Studies has been nominated twice for the International Highrise Award (DAM), once as a finalist in 2008 for Boutique Monaco and again in 2010 for S-Trenue. The Korea Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai was awarded the Silver Medal in the category of Architectural Design by the Bureau of International Expositions and also earned him a Presidential Citation from the government of Korea. He co-curated an exhibition titled “Named Design,” along with Anthony Fontenot for the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011, directed by Seung H-Sang and Ai Weiwei. Most recently, in March 2013, Minsuk Cho was appointed the Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by Rem Koolhaas, for the 2014 Venice Biennale, to be held from June 7th to November 23rd, 2014.
His works “Dalki Theme Park” and “Different but Same Houses” were exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2010. He has participated in the Open House travelling exhibition from 2006 to 2008, the New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia Pacific 2006–2007 traveling exhibition, and has been an active lecturer and speaker in symposiums worldwide.
His representative works include “Pixel House,” “Dalki Theme Park,” “Boutique Monaco,” “Seoul Commune 2026,” “S-Trenue,” “Ann Demeulemeester Shop,” “Ring Dome,” “Xi Gallery,” “World Expo 2010 Shanghai: Korea Pavilion,” “Osulloc” and “Daum Space.1,” “Southcape Owner’s Club.”
Mass Studies was founded in 2003 by Minsuk Cho in Seoul, Korea, as a critical investigation of architecture in the context of mass production, intensely over-populated urban conditions, and other emergent cultural niches that define contemporary society. Amid the many frictions defining spatial conditions in the twenty-first century, namely past vs. future, local vs. global, utopia vs. reality, and individual vs. collective, Mass Studies focuses on the operative complexity of these multiple conditions instead of striving for a singular, unified perspective. For each architectural project, which exists across a wide range of scales, Mass Studies explores issues such as spatial systems/matrices, building materials/techniques, and typological divergences to foster a vision that allows the discovery of new socio/cultural potential.
This lecture is open to the general public.
The Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.