2010 HONORARY FELLOWSHIP
The AIA Honorary Fellowship program was developed as the international counterpart to the Fellowship program. Election to honorary fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the foreign architect as an individual, but also elevates before the international public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on an international level.
An architect of esteemed character and distinguished achievements who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a resident of the United States and who does not primarily practice architecture within the domain of the Institute may be admitted to honorary fellowship.
After graduating from the College of Architecture at Seoul National University in the 1960s, Jungsik Kim, Hon. FAIA, founded Junglim Architecture, a modern architectural firm dedicated to the creation of functional, economical, and sustainable architecture focused on designs that promote the melioration of urbanscapes.
In the early 1980s, Kim was one of the first in Korea to integrate computer technology into his architectural practice. His intellectual passion for developing and providing computer programs resulted in the invention of Korean language codes for these systems. Of special significance is the steps he took to publish and supply the architectural standards to Korean architects for the first time by sharing his company’s knowledge, thereby contributing to the development of the nation’s architectural computer technologies.
The Junglim firm retained its high quality architecture by using internal and external design and technical review. As another means to promote quality design, he continually collaborated and competed with international architectural firms, all the while learning from their design processes and technologies, into which Kim integrated distinctive Korean characteristics. The Yonsei University Severance Hospital was a result of such collaboration with Ellerbe Becket. Kim also won the international competition for the Incheon International Airport Terminal by leading the collaboration group, KACI, in cooperation with Fentress Bradburn. To further increase the effectiveness of his firm and contribute to the profession, Kim also showed an interest in training talented young architects, so he created many exemplary educational programs, known as invitational seminars, as well as leading various group study tours abroad.
Kim has been a successful architect and feels it is important to return to society what he has earned from his practice. Since 2000, working as an architect for HABITAT Korea, he has provided pro-bono the standard drawing documents for homeless people, volunteered at the construction sites, and continues to offer pro-bono design services for others who are disadvantaged. Due to his deep affection and concern for the North Koreans, he participated in free design and construction management services for the master plan and individual buildings of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. In addition, he is socially active as an international committee member of the Korean Architects Association and has donated three hundred thousand dollars to advance the development of the architecture profession.
Since his retirement from Junglim Architecture in 2006, Kim founded the Mokchun Kim Jungsik Culture Foundation for the development of architectural culture, the study of green architecture, and volunteer services for the society. He also founded and is managing the Ecology Architecture Academy which is nationally accredited for training professional green architects and introducing into programs the significance of the natural environment and the need for protecting the ecological environment. He is now focusing his retirement on encouraging green education by supporting the use of photovoltaic panels, standardizing low-energy housing in suburban areas, researching accreditation of green architects, and recently, founding a library of ecological architectural studies.
Kim’s work includes the Green Water Center, completed in 2007, with the National Water Resource Organization, a government agency for managing water resources in Korea. While public buildings are oftentimes overpowering and feel restrictive to the public, Kim restructured the programming for the Center to include two program zones – the podium mass for the public and the upper raised mass for the management group. The building appears more light and open and exemplifies a positive statement for environmentally-friendly buildings that use water recycle systems and low energy consumption.
In summary, his Honorary Fellowship sponsor, Stephan S. Huh, FAIA, describes Kim as “one of the leaders and a pioneer in bringing to Korea Western technology, methodology, systems, process, and collaboration.” Further adding, “Kim is a role model to Korean architects.”
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