Born in Korea in 1943, Seok Chul Kim studied architecture and city planning at Seoul National University. Between 1964 and 1969 he worked for the two leading architectural firms in Korea, Jung Up Kim and Associates and Swoo Geun Kim and Associates. Then after working for the Institute of Applied Science at Seoul National University, on a number of large scale architectural and urban planning projects, he established ARCHIBAN Seok Chul Kim & Associates in 1972.

The firm has had numerous commissions both public and private. Notably in 1983 the firm won the competition for the design of the Seoul Arts Centre, which was completed in 1988. More recently the firm designed the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and currently the firm is building the new Buddhist Cultural Complex at Haein-sa, Korea's premier temple, and is designing the master plan for the World Ceramic Expo 2001. Many of the firm's designs have received awards such as the KIRA Korean Cultural Architectural Award for the Seoul Opera House at the Seoul Arts Centre and the first Korean Architectural Award for the design of the Hanssem Shiwa factory. The firm has also received international recognition for their work, receiving the Dupont Antron Design Award for the Calligraphy Hall at the Seoul Arts Centre in 1988 and an IMM Design Award. Most recently in 1999 the firm received an Arcasia Gold Medal Award for their Moving Image Museum on Cheju Island.

Seok Chul Kim has taught and lectured at many universities including the AA School, London, at Tsinghua University, Beijing and is at present Professor of Urban Design at I.U.A.V., Venice. He received the Chultap Industrial Medal from the Korean Government in 1988 and the Bogwan Cultural Medal in 1994 for his contributions to architecture. He is an organizer of the Anywise conferences and the Aquapolis series of conferences. His other cultural activities include public talks on contemporary architecture and Jury duty in architectural competitions. He regularly participates in international conferences and he frequently contributes articles and essays to journals and magazines. His work has been featured in a number of exhibitions both in Korea and in Europe and he has also authored a number of books including "Millennium Architecture: Millennium City" and "Seoul: A Century of Change." Currently he is serving as a commissioner of the International Architectural Exhibition, Venice.

Professional Experience


President of Archiban-Seok Chul Kim & Associates
Prof. Department of Urban Design at I.U.A.V, Venice, Italy
Commissioner of Korea, Venice Biennale 2000
Emeritus Prof. at Korea University, Seoul, Korea
Director of International Centre 'Cities on Water', Venice, Italy
Honorary Director of Korean Institute of Registered Architects
Director of Korean Institute of Architects

1970 - 1972

Director of "Comtemporary Architecture" magazine

1969 - 1970

Editor of "Architect" monthly magazine

1969 - 1971

Director of "Institute of Applied Science" at Seoul National Univ.



World Ceramic Expo 2001, Kyunggi-do, Korea


Korean Centre of Photography, Yunhee-dong, Seoul


Haein Buddhist Cultural Complex, Hapchon, Korea


Korean University of Arts, Seocho-dong, Seoul


Korean Pavilion at Biennale Garden, Venice, Italy


Hanssem Factory, Shihwa, Korea


Alexandria Library (competition)


Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul


Housing Complex in Zahara, Kuwait


Seoul National University Campus Master Plan


Yoido Master Plan



Arcasia Award : Gold Medal


IMM Architecture Awards : Special Prize


Bogwan Cultural Medal from Korean Government


Korean Architectural Exhibition Award : Grand Prize


Korean Cultural Architecture Award : Grand Prize


Chultap(Iron Pagoda) Industrial Medal from Korean Government


Antron Design Award : Grand Prize



Four Essays on Progressive Urbanism


Kim Seok Chul's Travelogue of World Architecture


Millennium Architecture: Millennium City


Seoul, Architettura & Citta' L'opera di Seok Chul Kim


Korean Housing 2000


Archiban Declaration