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KUISANG CHOI Selected Work /// 2 0 1 4 - 2 0 1 9


“Whatever good things we build end up building us� I quote Jim Rohn because it represents my perspective of architecture. To be an architect or a good designer, we should take more time to understand, not only architecture in itself and the larger urban narrative it entails, but ourselves.

The Now Institute UCLA department of Architecture and Urban Design


G R O U P

P R O J E C T

ARCHITECTURE

URBAN DECENTRALIZATION Urban Farm


Conventional Agriculture

Urban Farm

FARM LAND CITY


PURPOSE

WHAT IS URBAN HYDROPONIC?

The cultivation of plants without soil in water solvent by adding nutrients. Urban hydroponics are compact, climate-independent solutions that make self-sufficient farming possible for any city.

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hy is urban farming important in a contemporary city? Today's traditional agriculture methods are taking a heavy toll through global impacts. Hydroponics systems can bring an opportunity to decentralize the current food supplies into our cities and also provide an outlet of healthy food access to communities with major food insecurity. The problem that we have can be divided into three different scales.

Food Insecurity Level Under 5% 5-14.9 % 15-24.9% 25-34.9% Over 35%

First, A Global challenge; currently 7.7 billion people live on the planet and by 2050, this number will increase to a staggering 9.8 billion. Following this, agricultural demand is going to increase more than 30 percent by 2050. At this rate arable land will rapidly decrease while 80 percent of earth's arable land has already been used. Following this calculation, an extra farmland the size of Brazil is needed in 2050 to feed the population of the world. Water demand is an addition to the problem, as 70 percent of fresh water is used for agriculture and there is a significant amount of countries which suffer from desert environments. 33 percent of global food production is wasted due to on route spoilage or high retail standards. These are important statistics because 1/7 of population of the world is suffering famine. Plus 56 percent of carbon-dioxide emissions revolve around the food supply chain system and this is only adding and speeding up Second a regional challenge in the United States involves 13 percent of population having trouble to get food not only because of poverty but because of the appearance of food deserts. Also, America is generating the highest food waste per capita in the world. Lastly, food in the states, farm to plate averages 1500 miles in travel distance. This causes 56 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions in the entire U.S. to be linked with the food supply. FARM BOX 2.0

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RESEARCH

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There are some common issues at three different levels. Water supply, Food miles, Food deserts, and Obesity rates are some of them. Urban farming through hydroponic systems can be the solution to mitigate these issues around the world.

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Water Supply

Food Miles

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Desalinated Water 39% Local Supply 9% 28% Ground Water Water Project 61% Imported supply 36% State - Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta - California Aqueduct - Los Angeles Aqueduct 25% Colorado River Aqueduct

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NARRATIVE

RESIDUAL GOVERNMENT OWNED PARCELS

URBAN DESIGN

There are more than 1.3 thousand vacant lots in Los Angeles County. Most of them are located in the City of LA. In council district 4 alone, there are 24 city owned vacant parcels. This project is aiming to convert these residual land into urban farms. Some of them are not developed yet however, most of them are tiny or remnant parcels after the division of per-existing parcels. These areas are not suitable for constructing a building or can not be used. Therefore, when Urban farming systems are implemented on the sites, a substantial effect and impact around it can be achieved.

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URBAN DECENTRALIZATION

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NARRATIVE

URBAN FARM PROPOSITION

The sites contained soil bed as well as a hydroponic system including an outer fence. Depending on individual site conditions some sites will contain more soil beds rather than hydroponics to educate children using low tech high tech contemporary farming. Size Comparison 10 20 30 40

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URBAN DECENTRALIZATION

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Total Produce Breakdown Avg. Kale Yield = 189 tons Avg. Romaine Yield = 194 tons

Leafy Greens = 25 lbs.

Avg. Arugula Yield = 190 tons

Avg. Tomato Yield =39.4tons

Tomatoes = 65 lbs.

Avg. Potato Yield = 21.5 tons

Potatoes = 69.5 lbs.

Non productive space (This percentage accounts for circulation, public space, etc.)

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MALLEABLE PROTOTYPE

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URBAN FARM - Malleable Prototype

TYPE V Corner Site

Soil-beds

TYPE W Setback / Block Infill

Playground

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TYPE Z Sloped

URBAN DECENTRALIZATION

Hydroponic Pod System

Interactive Wall

ADDITIVE COMPONENTS

MORPHOLOGICAL CONFIGURATION / SURROUNDING CONDITIONS

URBAN DESIGN

Prototypes are divided in to five different types depending on the vacant lots characteristics; whether its a corner, block infill, arcade, median or sloped type. Parcels are also sub categorized into five different zones; educational, commercial, industrial, residential and cultural area. Furthermore, prototypes will have five different interchangeable components. For instance, soil beds, play ground, interactive wall, canopy, benches and tables. When these types are crossed over into each category there can be 125 different malleable prototypes produced to be implemented into different places creating future scenarios.

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ITERATION

URBAN FARM EXAMPLE

URBAN DESIGN

Among the 24 sites in Council District 4, Toluca Lake Harmony Church asked to build an iteration on the residual land. The site is categorized as a corner site as well as educational site.

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URBAN DECENTRALIZATION

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FARM BOX

FARM BOX 2.0

Farm box 2.0 is able to produce 90 pounds of lettuce in a month. This module is attachable to furnitures such as, kitchenette, bike rack and etc. These furniture modules can be transformed into various iterations. Farm Box 2.0 Axon

Photovoltaic Panels (400W) x2 Aluminum Mounting Brackets GrowRack Trays

Perforated Metal Sheet

Supporting Sump Tank Shelf Heavy Duty Casters 10 kWh Battery Bank

Perforated Metal Sheet

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URBAN DECENTRALIZATION

LED High Output Growlights Custom Welded Frame

G-SMATT America Display

Gas Spring Hinge


ALTERNATIVE

Attachable Furniture

Enclosure

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Enclosed Waiting Pavilion

PV Canopy

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Kitchen Area Addition

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UCLA

FARM BOX 2.0 RENDERING

URBAN DESIGN

The UCLA housing office assigned the students of the NOW Institute to build an off grid hydroponic system for all students to have fresh fruits and vegetables on campus. This hydroponic system is currently being made into reality by Morphosis using the drawings that we presented.

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URBAN DECENTRALIZATION


RENDERING

FARM BOX 2.0

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G R O U P

P R O J E C T

URBAN DESIGN

URBAN WALKABILTY Tencent Headquarters


深圳 SHENZHEN

Tanglangshan Pa

Shahe Golf Club 2km

Nanshen Park


ANALYSIS

WHAT IS WALK ABILITY?

Walkability is a reasonable distance people can cover on their own feet. This concept is important for most urban projects, especially, larger scale areas. Walk ability improves the energy of the site and helps to activate it with pedestrians.

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encent's software applications function as single points of integration for Chinese urbanities' economic, social, cultural and recreational lives. These products are packaged to create efficient interfaces between consumers' digital experience and their daily environment. Tencent culture highlights the overlap between healthy a lifestyle and how consumers connect with one other and their environment. The company structure was based on functions in 1998. The company structure began to focus on business units starting at 2005. These business units consist of wireless business, interactive entertainment, Internet and social network business. In 2012 Tencent group was divided into seven different groups. Interactive entertainment, mobile Internet, on line media group, social network, technology and engineering group, and Weixin group. The company structure upgraded from business units to business group, and from PC Internet to mobile Internet, connecting everything with technology. The company increased the collaboration between the groups, and upgraded from consumer Internet to industrial Internet. Recently they organized the groups into six different groups, which are corporate development group, interactive entertainment group, platform content group, cloud and smart industry, technology and engineering and Weizin group. Tencent group is trying to plan their new headquarters by connecting the city blocks with Internet and a high tech campus for their employees, while being employee friendly and being able to maneuver around the facilities on their own feet.

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CONCEPT DIAGRAM

COMBINATORY

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CARGO

URBAN DESIGN

Combinatory urbanism conveys a subliminal message that we can not immediately see with the naked eye. It gives a broad notion of what a city looks like. It is simultaneously spontaneous but highly controlled. These sketches are the result of a combinatory language.

Combinatory

URBAN WALKABILITY

City Grid


CONCEPT DIAGRAM

The site is organized and controlled through this combinatory language, as well as the city grid from outside of the site. The site it self embraces the green space from the park nearby and separates work from life, creating a different dynamic space.

Concept Sketch

Final model

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CONCEPT

5 MIN WALK ABILITY, CONNECTED GREEN SPACE

URBAN DESIGN

The concept of this project involves the walk ability within a 5 minute distance. Modern people highly depend on transportation systems, however they are not exercising or breathing fresh air at all. This proposal for the Tencent campus is designed to separate work from leisure through a strong gesture of open space throughout the site. Using attraction points as communities, the project bridges these together with the working spaces, this way you have a choice to inhabit both sides without exiting the building and experiencing the park at the same time crossing over the bridges. The site terminates with a monumental park which overlooks the Bay.

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Plan

URBAN WALKABILITY


CONCEPT

Attraction

Communities

Work/ Live

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AMENITY ZONING

COMMUNITIES

Communities play a significant role in the project. These communities are located within a five minute distance from different attractions using the bridges. For example, the convention center and hotel, amenity to residential area, data center to commercial area, etc.

URBAN DESIGN

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A1- Science Center A2- Transportation Hub A3- Shopping Center Transportation Hub

URBAN WALKABILITY

B1- Museum & Culture B2- Convention Center B3- Sports Facilities B4- Mediatheque B5- School & Education


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CLUSTER

COMMUNITY CLUSTERS

URBAN DESIGN

Communities Clusters create a flow within the various amenities and harmonize the community through the interactive bridges. The users can easily and conveniently get around the attractions by foot and enjoy the green space.

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Cluster A1,A1,B1

Cluster A2,B1,B2

URBAN WALKABILITY


CLUSTER

Cluster A3,B3,B4

Cluster B5,B4,A3

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RENDERING

TENCENT RENDERING

URBAN DESIGN

Based on Thom Mayne's critic, this project was developed to focus on green spaces and the bridges that connect the work and living space. The purpose of this project was to divide those two areas and present amazing park to the public as long as they don’t interfere with the Tencent Tech campus.

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URBAN WALKABILITY


RENDERING

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INDIVIDUAL PROJECT

URBAN DESIGN

URBAN AXIS Urban Cultural Park


Historical Temple

Sports Complex

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WHAT IS URBAN AXIS? This site is located in the center of Seoul, Korea between trade centers and sport complexes. This axis, called Tehran Boulevard, plays a significant role in the country because it acts like The Wall Street of Korea.

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he purpose of this project is to fill the missing linking axis in Residen�a l Axis order to help make Tehran Boulevard a complete axis. Recently, the Korean government has permitted construction of transportation hubs that contain three different subway station and four wide range rail ways. Tehran Boulevard is the financial powerhouse of the Korean economy, however its connection with the city has been damaged due to irresponsible development. This business axis is disconnected to the other side of Seoul. One side of the axis is business area, the center is where Jamsil Sports Complex is located, while the other end is a residential area. The area of Gangnam in Seoul is the most popular district for both natives and travelers in the country. The Samsung area in Seoul is a key area for transportation because the city airport line and major railways are based in this area. In addition, one of Koreas top companies, Hyundai Corporation, has their headquarters is in this area. It has increasingly become more of a cultural area than a district. Unfortunately when people visit the Gangnam area they feel disappointed because there are no real attractions or places to that provide sight seeing. The Gangnam District Office made a decision to create an underground city in this area because it is a well known entertainment district. I was motivated to create a cultural park in this area due to the great location and lack of cultural impact the area provides.

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CONCEPT

SITE CONCEPT

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MAIN ENT

URBAN DESIGN

The original city grid of Seoul, especially the Gangnam area, collapsed due to irresponsible development. In addition, a skyscraper is planned to begin construction next to the site, which breaks old city grid. However, to maintain and fortify this axis, the arcade can enhance the public flow.

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PLOT PLAN

PLOT PLAN

URBAN DESIGN

The plot plan shows the relationship with the World Trade Center on the left hand side and the sports complex on the right. The site is connecting both sides via an underground mall and a canopy on the upper ground level.

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Ground floor Rendering The ground floor works as plaza to gather people. The ground floor leads people from the stream adjacent to the site. This creates more interaction between the sports complex, the trade center, and the Yangjae stream.

URBAN AXIS


RENDERING

1. Auditorium 2. Theater 3. Venue 4. Exhibition Hall 5. Exhibition Center 6. Sports Complex Bridge 7.Head Office 8. Entrainment Center 9. Center Hall 10. Entertainment Center 11. Office 12. Garden 13. Sunken Garden

Under Ground Rendering The Underground floor includes the water way, which leads to the end of the site and links to the sports complex. The underground area also works as a meeting plaza for people who wait for the concert and greet people from the train.

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SECTION

SECTION DETAIL

URBAN DESIGN

In this project the section plays a significant role. In Korea, especially in Gangnam area there are plenty of modern developments underway. The site, Samsung Station, became a transportation hub due to the six railways that cross and connects with the sport complexes. Therefore, the compound needs a large number of parking spaces for large amount of people. In basement floor, the arcade is linking and presenting cultural experiences as well as commercial areas. Furthermore, the canopy stands as a powerful element to the public guiding and directing the pedestrians .

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Interactive Arcade with Cultural Center The arcade is connected with the transportation hub as well as the mall on the other side. This arcade connects through to the sports complex. On the way to the sports complex, people can encounter a commercial area as well as a concert hall. Not only those amenities, there are offices, a cultural center, and the square where people can gather around. The water front attracts people from the underground level bringing them up to the upper ground. People who came out the subway station will be invited up to the upper level.

URBAN AXIS


PLAN

CULTURE PARK

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MODEL

SITE MODEL

URBAN DESIGN

The model shows the section of the site in which the base level of the site is connected with ground level. Also this open space is covered by a canopy on one side and is connected with transportation hub on the other side which is linked with the sports complex, leading the public traffic more conveniently through the site.

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MODEL

CULTURE PARK

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G R O U P

P R O J E C T

ARCHITECTURE

URBAN REGENERATION Urban Light Box


PROGRAM

LIGHT BOX

ARCHITECTURE

The purpose of the light box increases the possibility to engage with the public and the building as well as to illuminate darkness on the first floor of the building.

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Light Box Concept Model The light box is measured using a human scale. It is the perfect size, creates a cozy feeling, and emits ambient light in the first floor.

URBAN REGENERATION


PLAN

1st floor 1/120 scale

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RENDERING

MUSIC LIBRARY

ARCHITECTURE

The music library is one of the special programs in this building. This music library helps lead people vertically from the subway station while increasing interest in the building by using intermittent floors.

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SECTION The section shows how the music library works from the first floor as well as on both ends of the building engaging with public pedestrian roads.

URBAN REGENERATION


SECTION

ELEVATION Creating an open space in the second floor gives more space capacity around in this level. This facilitates the customers movement around the building and allows for easy access around the shop.

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FUTURE

CHANGING OF THE NAKWON BUILDING BY THE CRONICAL TIME LINE

ARCHITECTURE

Modern cities generally create structures based on urban planning, in which structures are introduced into the territory of the land by roads. This can be archived by activating programs in the compartment, but it can be viewed as an independent structure without connection to the context. The Nakwon building is a structure floating on the road and is connected to the adjacent land without a boundary line. The Nakwon building has formed a relationship with the surrounding area through out the years.

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1950-2016

Historic Building on the public road

Causing problems

Seoul had little urban infrastructure to accommodate a rapidly growing population after the war, the city was built spontaneously and indiscreetly. Nakwon building is a trail that was born in the process of improving the crowded environment.

The Nakwon building is a gigantic structure on the road for cars that have grown in the old downtown area of Seoul. It played a central role in Jongro and Insadong area, but as time went by, it blocked the connecting areas, causing a slum.

URBAN REGENERATION


FUTURE

The Nakwon building is hurting the surrounding area, but this building as a grand structure is not active in social communication. Non-active communication patterns result in the slumming of the surrounding area and the self, and limitations in the reproduction and activation phase. Therefore, the Nakwon building should serve as a platform to provide a place where relationships can be formed through a variable, three dimensional channel rather than a single structure.

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Transforming the neighborhood

Spreading as a city scale

The Nakwon building begins to affect the neighbourhood area, but as time goes on, it begins to interact with the surrounding area. The building is no longer the image of the disconnected and undeveloped area.

When the Nakwon building evolved as a walk-able building it performs as a connector within the city which is sustainable by constantly revitalizing the surrounding area.

LIGHT BOX

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APPLICATION

APPLICATION OF LIGHT BOX

ARCHITECTURE

This project was designed six months after the completion of the urban light box project and is located around 5 miles from the previous site. This project shows that the light box can spread out to the entire city in the same purpose to draw the public’s attention to more vibrant atmosphere and neighborhoods.

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1.OUT SIDE PERFORMANCE 2.DIGITAL EXHIBITION 3. INSIDE PERFORMANCE 4. OUTSIDE DIGITAL EXHIBITION 5. LOBBY 6. CORRIDOR

1F PLAN

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LIGHT BOX

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This school is designed to separate seniors and juniors. This is necessary for schools in Korea because of the unique SAT testing system. Most senior high school students in Korea are highly focused on studying rather than outside activities. Juniors need more outside activity and creativity compared to seniors. The southern building serves juniors and creates a creative atmosphere and the other building compounded with a private courtyard to serve seniors. Furthermore, the courtyard located in the middle of two buildings produce a common space between teachers and students.

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The Basement Floor consists of a special lecture room, parking lot, cafeteria, retail stores and the sunken garden. There is also an atrium at the center of Building A. Furthermore, through the sunken garden students can commute with a variety of scenery.

Freshmen and sophomores use the building that is closest to the playground. The senior building is facing north and separated with other buildings that allow seniors to concentrate on their studies. Building A and B is connected through a bridge on the first floor.

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On the second floor a library is offered to the seniors to improve their studying. On the other hand, the freshmen and sophomore building include special activity rooms. Also, the teacher’s room is near so they can supervise students efficiently.

At the top of the senior building a Lutheran was developed to promote creativity. The freshman building has an atrium that begins on the bottom floor, which communicates vertically and horizontally.

PLAT FORM

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SECTION

SECTION DETAIL

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Those three buildings are all connected through the basement floor. Building A, gym, has the parking lot. Building B, junior and sophomore building, has special lecture room under the ground also little enclosed court yard from the roof to the bottom. Building C, senior building, has student dinning and path to the courtyard. These three buildings are separated on the ground level and interact with each other via the ground level garden. However, all three buildings are connected underground for the convince of the users.

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ARCHITECTURE

The section shows the relationship to three different buildings, the courtyard, the gym, junior and sophomore, and the senior building. The senior building provides direct access to the student private courtyard while junior and sophomore building provides a play ground.

Section Key map

URBAN EDUCATION


SECTION

PLAT FORM

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ARCHITECTURAL

Selected Experience

2010-2016


SELECTED EXPERIENCE

ARCHITECTURE

It has been a great opportunity for me to create a wide variety of projects. The best thing through these internships and experiences is that I could get a little taste of how professional projects work. Through a series of various projects I engaged in multiple roles and positions.


Mixed Use, Gangnam, Korea -Junior Architect

INTERN SHIP

This project is a mixed use building in Gangnam, Seoul, Korea, which is the most modernized city in the country. Most of the buildings in the Gangnam area are mixed for various purposes due to the organization of the city. The reasoning behind this is to fulfill the cost of taxes and other expenses.

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This project included three retail stores on the first floor and eight residential units on top. The client wanted to design retail stores with high ceiling. Due to only three floors, the client wanted to have no elevators in the building to keep maintenance levels low. According to the architecture regulations in Korea, low level buildings are not required to be equipped with an elevator system. This led the skip floor design between different housing units, which allows tenants to have more privacy. My role in this project was to meet with the client as a Junior Architect. I had to perceive their needs and reflect them to create the schematic design. I offered more design options for the client with the guidance of the Senior Designer. During a series of meetings, I assimilated with client’s needs as well as building codes come to a middle ground with both parties. After confirmation from the architect, I created detailed drawings and construction documents including materials and finishings. The drawing on the right hand side are drawn by me and cross checked by the main architect in our office.

ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE


Detail Drawing Detailed drawing of the exterior wall, stair case, second, third floor sections, and bathroom. Drawings include specific materials and finishes based on architectural regulations.

INTERNSHIP

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Town House, Tema, Ghana Republic -Project Intern

INTERN SHIP

This project is an apartment complex in the harbor city of Tema, Ghana Republic, which is the second largest city in the country. Tema is two hours away from the capital Arcra. Even though Tema is one of the largest cities in Ghana, the living conditions are less than favorable.

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This project consisted of 40 buildings and a community centre. Three different floor plans were selected to accommodate the future residents of the apartment complex. It was a difficult yet exciting project for the company because we had to immerse ourselves into knowledge regarding Ghana’s building regulations. To be specific, the role entailed translating Ghana Republic architecture law and communicating with the local firm. My role entailed performing on site in Ghana Republic. I was gaining experience and assisting the project manager in negotiating details with the construction company. I also had countless meetings to discuss materials, finances, and contract details with the local architecture firm. We set up apartment regulations along with samples of 3D works and detailed drawings of plans and sections.

ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE


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Standard Floor Plan This plan reflects the culture and weather of Ghana Republic. Weather in Ghana is humid and hot so ventilation is required throughout the household.

INTERNSHIP

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Athletic Apartment, Pyeongchang, Korea

INTERN SHIP

-Project Intern

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In 2018 the Winter Olympic games were held in Pyeongchang, Korea. I had the honor to work alongside senior architects to help organize the official Pyeongchang athletic apartments. It consists of 9 main buildings, a community center, and commercial buildings. The size of the site is 56,918.65 sqm with 922 households. When the Olympic games were underway, this complex was used as an accommodation for athletic purposes. The job encompassed working with floor plans, unit types, plot plans and different types of physical models. Attending meetings and presenting with Korea Land Housing Corporation to confirm the projects. This project gave me the knowledge of the typical type of apartment architecture, as well as how to meet with official government companies. The most challenging part of this project was only that two people worked on it. However, the advantage was experiencing the whole process in terms of understanding how the project worked from the beginning to the end.

ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE


지 지

Plot plan of the complex Total floor area : 130,983,20 sqm Building scale : 2 Underground levels + 25 stories

INTERNSHIP

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Incheon International Airport Terminal II, Incheon, Korea

INTERN SHIP

-Project Intern

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Incheon international airport II was planned as a gateway to the Republic of Korea, with the motif of overlapping mountains and roofs with and lines that meet in the sky in Korea. The terminal, which will become the symbol of Incheon International Airport, will bring a thrill and anticipation to the flight with its roaring roofs and organic forms, reminiscent of Korean traditional colors and architecture. It consists of two peers on each side and one in the middle, totalling three peers. The floors are designed as four floors which are created with different programs and functions. The open view that is functionally short and directionally recognizable at a glance, follows the spatial structure that is linked to the airport system as well. The airport is connected with a subway system and shopping mall which serves as a transportation hub for Northeast Asia. In this project I participated as an assistant to the junior designer. I studied and delivered airport systems and data while collecting Korean traditional design and colors to cooperate with the company (Fuksas). Countless design meetings were especially helpful in making study models that followed the rules assigned by the Korea government.

ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE


Incheon international airport II rendering Incheon international airport is the one of the most famous airports in the world. Incheon serves as a international transportation hub. Due to this fact, the Korean government is trying to expand the size of the airport by building another airport.

INTERNSHIP

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Korea Electric, Gwang Ju, Korea

INTERN SHIP

-Project Intern

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This project was created for the 2010 Korea Electric design competition held in Gwangju, South Korea. This competition was held by the Korean government . It was the first time I possessed an internship in my life because I was a second year undergraduate architecture student. It was a really great opportunity to work as a project intern because it offered me with invaluable real-world experience. My role involved rendering 3D models with a Revit BIM team, selecting materials, and conceptualizing mock-up panels by setting layouts with InDesign to hand out for the competition. The purpose of the building is that it becomes a symbol of energy. A green space axis also extends around the Central Lake Park. It forms a string or green spine that connects the parks in the power block with the Central Park. By expanding the green space axis, linking the internal programs, and open space, the public facilities were maximized by arranging the open facilities for the residence. In order to create a pleasurable working environment the building was planned to take advantage of natural ventilation of the south side of the office space. This ensured the independence of each department by zoning the work space.

ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE


Korea electric powder model Korea electric is national company that provides all the power through out the entire country. They are monitor and manage power.

INTERNSHIP

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KUISANG CHOI Urban Design & Architectural Designer Kuisangchoi@g.ucla.edu Linkedin /// Kuisangchoi 346.270.9640

EDUCATION Jun 2019

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) - MARCH II

Sep 2017

Seoul National University of Science and Technology - BA

Fall Semester 2014

Masters in Urban Design through the NOW INSTITUTE at the UCLA under the direction of Thom Mayne

NAAB Accredited School (5 Year course)

Sungkyun Kwan University - Independent study

Graduate school semester-long audit, Architectural Lighting Design

EXPERIENCE Aug 2018 - Jun 2019

NOW INSTITUTE - Los Angeles, CA Graduate Researcher

Contributed to real client based urban planning projects. Analyzed global and local problems and strategized various solutions and plans that were achieved through architecture. Sep 2017 -

Jul 2018

Sol Idea Architects - Seoul, Korea Junior Architect

Mar 2016 - Sep 2016

Drawing schematic designs and detailed drawings of residential and retail buildings based on internal discussion with clients.

Usun Architecture & Engineering INC - Seoul, Korea / Acra, Ghana Republic Co-Op Intern

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Assisted project manager by negotiating deals with the local architecture firm and construction company stationed in Ghana Republic. Drafted detailed construction drawings of complex.

Udam Architecture - Seoul, Korea Project Intern

Jun 2013 - Sep 2013

Worked alongside senior architects to institute the PyeongChang Winter Olympics athletic apartment. Answered government official questions regarding the project.

SPACE Architecture LTD - Seoul, Korea Project Intern

Apr 2011 - Jan 2013

Analyzed and delivered Incheon National airport terminal I data and cross checked architecture plans to build terminal II in South Korea

Republic of Korea Army Corps of Engineers - Second Operational Command Architectural Engineer

Jul 2010 - Sep 2010

Efficiently scheduled timelines and manage construction teams. Revised construction documents for sites that ensured design met all appropriate building code.

SPACE Architecture LTD - Seoul, Korea Project Intern

Part of BIM team. Rendered 3D Revit models and conceptualized mock-up panels to publish and showcase at the competition Korea Electric in Gwangju, South Korea.

PROFICIENCY Revit, Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Sketchup, Auto CAD, V-Ray Adobe Creative Suite(Ps, Ai, Id), Microsoft Office


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