Kyu Sung Woo Architects Inc. was established to provide creative design solutions through professional architectural services for institutional, private and governmental clients. Thirty years of successful design demonstrates our ability to respond to this diversity of clients and their needs. Our projects have ranged from large scale housing to institutional buildings, to contemporary art museums, all of which have resulted from the fruitful collaboration between client, architect and consultants.
As architects, we believe our main responsibility and creative task is to understand and help define the needs and desires of each client and project. With this understanding as a basis for design decisions, we can give physical form to the practical concerns and intangible aspirations unique to each project.
We have a talented staff dedicated to maintaining a consistently high level of architectural quality. This enables KSWA to explore with our clients design alternatives through a rigorous process of investigation and study. In addition to our own staff, our relationship with leading consultants allows us to draw upon a broad range of expertise, which we synthesize and incorporate into our designs.
Kyu Sung Woo Architects Inc. has received international recognition and wide publication. More important, however, is our growing list of successfully completed buildings and satisfied clients, including the Republic of Korea Ministry of Culture, the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Kyu Sung Woo was born in Seoul, Korea and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Architectural Engineering at Seoul National University. He came to the United States in 1967, where he studied architecture at Columbia University receiving a Master of Architecture in 1968. Mr. Woo then received 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 (1970-1974). He was an Urban Design Consultant for Harbison New Town, South Carolina (1973-1980), senior Urban Designer for the Mayor’s office of Midtown Planning and Development, New York, NY (1975), founded Woo Associates in 1978, Principal of Woo and Williams (1979-1990), and Principal of Kyu Sung Woo Architects, Inc. in 1990, where he has continued his focus on creative design solutions in the United States and abroad. During his architectural career Mr. Woo has built extensively, with many major design works implemented, including the 1988 Olympic Village in Seoul, Korea.
The work of Kyu Sung Woo has been reviewed in numerous architectural publications in Asia, Europe, and the United States including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, three books profiling his work, Casas and Whanki Museum, have been published. Mr. Woo has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Harvard University, and won the Ho Am Prize in the Arts in 2008. Kyu Sung Woo is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.