The 15th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium

in the Korean Humanities 


Past and Present 

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Saturday, November 3, 2007, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Photo  credit  to  speakers  (from  bottom  right  counter-clockwise) :  Sugangjae  of  Ch’angdŏk  Palace  in  Seoul  (photo  by In-Souk Cho),  Seoul  Museum  of  History  and  SK Corporation Head Office Building  in  Seoul  (designs  and  photos  by Jong Soung Kimm), and Korean Embassy residence in Washington, DC (design and photo by Jeff S. Lee)

"Korean Architecture: Past and Present"



8:45-9:15  Coffee and Pastry  

      9:15-9:30  Welcoming Remarks

      Peg Barratt  
      Harry Harding 

Session I  R. Richard Grinker, Chair 

9:30-10:10 In-Souk Cho, “Traditional Korean Architecture 

10:10-10:50 Jong Soung Kimm, “Contemporary Architecture in Korea” 

10:50-11:00 Break 

Session II Kirk W. Larsen, Chair 

11:00-11:40 Jeff S. Lee, “Korean Landscape Architecture and the Future of the Public Realm 

11:40-11:55 Roger K. Lewis, Commentary 

11:55-12:10 Young Whan Park, Commentary  

Session III Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Chair 

12:10-12:30 General Discussion

12:30   Lunch (Korean food is provided.)


Welcoming Remarks

Peg (Marguerite) Barratt is Dean of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Before coming to GW in August 2007, she was Deputy Director of the Clinical Research Policy Analysis and Coordination program at NIH (CRpac). Before then she served as the Division Director for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the National Science Foundation. She received her M. Phil. in Psychology from GW and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught for 19 years. Her publications appear in leading journals and she served as an Associate Editor of Developmental Psychology. She was selected in 2002 as a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and in 2007 as a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science.

Harry Harding is University Professor of International Affairs at GW and a Visiting Fellow at the Center on U.S.-China Relations of the Asia Society in New York. In 2005-07, he was Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting company headquartered in New York, and he remains a Counselor to the firm and the Chair of its China Task Force. Harding served as Dean of GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs from January 1995 to July 2005. A specialist on Asia, his major publications include The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know (co-ed. with F. Frankel, 2004); A Fragile Relationship: The United States and China Since 1972 (1992), Sino-American Relations, 1945-1955: A Joint Reassessment of a Critical Debate (co-ed. with Yuan Ming, 1989); and China's Second Revolution: Reform After Mao (1987). Harding received his B.A. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford.


In-Souk Cho, KIRA, received her B.Arch. from Hanyang University and M.Arch. from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Architectural History specializing in historic conservation and restoration at Sungkyunkwan University. Cho has taught Architectural History, Design, and Design Studio at various universities in Seoul and presented her research at international conferences. She is Principal of DaaRee Architect & Associates and Director of the Samlee Research Center for Conservation and Restoration Co., Ltd. She is a member of the Korean Institute of Architects. For the last 30 years, Cho has been engaged in the design of a wide variety of projects and restorations of Heritage Architecture both in Korea and in other countries including China, Singapore, Bangladesh, Germany, and Ethiopia. Her most recent projects include a restoration work of the Hahn Moo-Sook House in Seoul.

Jong Soung Kimm, FAIA, FKIA, began his architectural studies at Seoul National University, and obtained B.Arch. and M.Arch. degrees at Illinois Institute of Technology. He has worked in the office of Mies van der Rohe during the 1960's and taught architectural design at IIT for a dozen years until 1978, the year he established Seoul Architects-Consultants (SAC International) in Seoul. Over the last 30 years, Kimm and SAC have produced buildings of diverse types including the internationally recognized Weightlifting Gymnasium for the 1988 Seoul Olympics; the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art in Kyongju, the Energy Systems Research Center and the University Hospital for Ajou University in Suwon; the Hotel Hilton International in Seoul and the recently completed Headquarters Building for SK Corporation in Seoul. Kimm is a Fellow of AIA and a Fellow of the Korean Institute of Architects.

Jeff S. Lee, FASLA, received a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia. His award winning firm of lee+papa and associates just celebrated its 20th year of practice in Washington, D.C. His notable projects include: the Korean Ambassador's residence; The Ronald Reagan International Culture and Trade Center; The Pentagon Memorial; the new military hospital at Ft. Belvoir; and numerous parks in D.C. including the design for Kingman and Heritage Islands. He has provided master plans for Mecca, Saudi Arabia; and the New City Plan for Yongjongdo, the area surrounding the Incheon International Airport; as well as projects in Russia, Turkey, Asia and Africa. Lee is a recipient of the Excellence in the Arts from USPAACC and was inducted into the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects as its first Korean inductee. He is a former Vice Chairman of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City; Board member of D.C. Habitat for Humanity; Mayor's Appointee to the D.C. Comp Plan; and the President of ASLA Potomac Chapter. He presently serves on The Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia; as a Board Member of the D.C. Homeland Security Committee and the Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum.


Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, is a practicing architect and planner, an author and journalist, and a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. After receiving architecture degrees from MIT and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer architect in Tunisia, he helped establish Maryland’s new architecture program while starting his firm, which since 1969 has designed award-winning housing projects, schools, recreational facilities, and cultural and civic buildings. In 1984 Lewis began writing and illustrating "Shaping the City," an award-winning column in the Washington Post. His “Shaping the City”and cartoons have been featured in several exhibitions, including a one-man show at the National Building Museum. A trustee of the National Children’s Museum, Lewis is co-author of the widely disseminated Growth Management Handbook, and the author of Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession, a best-selling, introductory text published by the MIT Press and used at architecture schools throughout North America, Mexico, Japan and Korea.

Young Whan Park, AIA, received his B.Arch. from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1963 and a Master of City & Regional Planning degree from Catholic University in 1970. A member of the American Institute of Architects since 1973 and also a former member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Park is the founder and principal of Designtech-East, Ltd. Architects / Planners in Rockville, MD, from which he retired a few years ago. He was a visiting lecturer of Architecture and City Planning at Ewha Womans University in Seoul in 2004. Currently he devotes much of his time to mission services for development and construction of housing & community facilities for disabled seniors and other socially disadvantaged people in Northern China and Yucatán, Mexico. He serves on Boards for the International Foundation for Ewha Womans University and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.


Roy Richard Grinker is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, and Human Sciences at GW. He received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 1989 with a specialization in African Studies. His publications include Houses in the Rainforest, Korea and Its Futures: Unification and the Unfinished War, In the Arms of Africa, and Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation. He worked extensively on North-South Korean relations and in 1997 he testified before Congress on the issue of North Korean defectors' adaptation to South Korean society. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Anthropological Quarterly. He is conducting the first ever prevalence study of autism in Korea. His book, Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism (NY: Basic Books, 2007) will be published in Korean as Natsŏlji anǔn kǔdǔl in Korea in early 2008.

Young-Key Kim-Renaud is Professor of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs and Chair of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department at GW. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i. A theoretical linguist with a broad interest in the Korean humanities and Asian affairs, she is Editor-in-Chief of Korean Linguistics, and serves on various Asia-related boards. Her publications include nine books, numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is the recipient of three Fulbright awards and various individual research grants as well as institutional grants for her academic and cultural activities. In 2006 Kim-Renaud received a Republic of Korea Jade Order of Cultural Merit for her lifetime contribution to the advancement of Korean language and culture.

Kirk W. Larsen is the Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History and International Affairs and Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GW. He received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. He teaches the history of North and South Korea, East Asia, and the world. His book, Tradition, Treaties, and Trade: Qing Imperialism and Choson Korea, 1850-1910, is forthcoming (Harvard University Press, East Asia Series). He has published, presented, and commented on a variety of issues including North Korea, nationalism and elections in South Korea, and Sino-Korean relations. He has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, VOA, the Canadian Broadcast System, and Al Jazeera.


The HMS Colloquium in the Korean Humanities series at GW provides a forum for academic discussion of Korean arts, history, language, literature, thought and religious systems in the context of East Asia and the world. The Colloquium series is made possible by an endowment established by the estate of Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993), one of Korea’s most honored writers, in order to uphold her spirit of openness, curiosity, and commitment to education. The 15th HMS colloquium is co-sponsored by GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and Institute for Ethnographic Research.

The Colloquium is open to the public free of charge. However, reservations are required.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
The George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052
Tel: 202-994-7106/7107, Fax: 202-994-1512,

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