With so many accomplished AIA members in Korea, positive steps are being made to bring together the community of local and international architects through educational and networking events. A full-day symposium in collaboration with the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism was offered on March 27th. Organized by with the curator of the Seoul Biennale Global Studios, Sanki Choe AIA in conjunction with directors, Jaeyoung Lee AIA and Francisco Sanin, a group of international architects discussed and debated aspects of urban collectivity. Speakers included Minsuk Cho AIA (Mass Studies), Armando Hashimoto (EL Cielo Arquitectos), Noura Al-Sayeh (Bahrain authority for culture and Antiquities), Fu Rong, and Peter Wilson (Bolles + Wilson Architects). AIA members received a total of 6.5 LU HSW units.
On April 3rd, an open talk was hosted in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy in Korea and SongEun Art Space. Architects Minsuk Cho AIA and Alfredo Brillembourg discussed their award winning research originally presented at the Venice Biennale. A roundtable discussion chaired by John Hong AIA followed. Attendees received 2.5 LU HSW units.
Ongoing discussions with FIKA (Federation of Institutes of Korean Architects) are in progress to plan events where both AIA members and Korean registered architects can share in educational programs and meet socially. Specifically, we are in the planning stages of offering educational credits for the many high-profile events during the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, which will open on September 7th.