CEO Mr.Sohn has wide and diverse experiences through design, marketing and strategic planning. He graduated Yonsei Univ. GSA in 1989 with Master degree. He joined the company in 1991 and for 30 years, he has been carrying out many projects of office, research & science facilities and advanced industrial facilities such as ‘SECL Global Engineering Center’, ‘Samsung Life Beijing Office’, ‘Samsung Pyeongtaek Plant’ and ‘Hankook Technodome’. Apart from architectural design, he has also worked in fields such as marketing and management, and has held positions such as High-tech and Architectural Design Business Manager, leading the company’s stable growth based on broad knowledge and experience across the entire management. In the changing economic climate and industrial ecosystem, he aspires to actively support digital transformation in the design and fulfill social responsibilities as the innovative leader of future architecture.
Nowadays, most projects have been more complicated and diverse. SAMOO experts provide insight-driven innovative solutions through wealth of experience. Design and engineering services, balanced diversity and professionalism, are the fundamental of SAMOO's global competitive advance.
Architectural Engineering Division and concurrently Interior Design
Ji Taek Shim received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture from Hongik University. He has been working for SAMOO for 20 years and has been carrying out projects of cultural space, offices, commercial and high-end residential facility. His representative works include Jeju Shilla Duty Free Shop, Seocho SAMSUNG Town, and Leeum SAMSUNG Museum of Art and by collaborating with various experts such as traditional Korean housing experts, installation artists, etc., he has completed high-end residences and renovation projects. With the experiences obtained through remodeling designing of various facilities, he has been providing consulting services in multiple areas to customers and aims to implement customers’ pursuits into accomplished designs.
Architectural Design Division
Mr. Rhie is an architect with over 20 years of experience and his extensive project portfolio covers planning and design of commercial, healthcare and masterplan projects. Currently, he leads the Architectural Design Division and pours every tool he has into the works from discovering new projects from home and abroad to providing total solutions for the entire project by combining architecture and cultural contents. For three years, he worked in SAMOO's New York City office to lead a team of diverse cultural backgrounds. Mr. Rhie serves for clients with clear communication skills, which ensures quality of design product and smooth project delivery. He helped many global and domestic clients to establish their business presence by proposing optimal project solution in Korea. Mr. Rhie also worked as a project coordinator for Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. Before and after Leeum project, his involvement in major design competitions resulted in winning many coveted projects. The list includes Centennial Hall for Korea university and Seoul city hall turn-key design competition. He is an author of a book ‘Architectural Odyssey of the 20th century’, which Rem Koolhaas wrote an early praise. He continues to contribute articles at major architecture and design journals which include GA of Japan. He is a frequent lecturer at major universities and museums in Korea. He was teaching at the School of Architecture+Design, Virginia Tech in USA, as a visiting professor.
Advanced Technology Division
Chan Hun Jung, Senior Principal, is an expert and specialist for designing high-tech research and FAB facilities. While attending School of Architecture at Hanyang University, Mr. Jung enhanced his design capability through Korean Institute of Architects Convention and Exhibition as well as various other exhibitions. After graduation, Mr. Jung gained extensive and detailed hands-on experience in construction and building process. With these strong basis combined with more than 26 years experience at Samoo, his prominent design and creativity brought many high-tech projects that are not only highly functional but also ideally optimized. Mr. Jung continues to improve the competitiveness in designing high-tech projects by applying his extensive knowledges from various international projects in USA and China.
Jae Young Cha joined SAMOO in 1994. Since he became a registered architect in 1995, he has been working on architectural planning and designing of various projects such as commercial offices, cultural, educational, research, and residential facilities, etc. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1988 and master’s degree in 1990 from Yonsei University, majoring in architectural engineering. Since he started to practice in 1991, he has been working on public projects for most of his 25 year career. His representative works include National Tax Administration, SMEs Global Support Center in Sangam-dong, KLID Tower in Sangam-dong, Garden Five Tool, Rural Development Administration 3, 4, 5 district relocation projects, Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency relocation project, Human Resource Development Service of Korea relocation project, Chungmu Art Center, Korea Army Cadet Military school relocation project, Yeongjong-do Midan mixed-use Complex apt, Pangyo Terrace Houses, etc.
Mr. Yun pursued both bachelors (1994) and masters (1996) degrees at Korea University's School of Architecture. Over 20 years working in SAMOO, he has wide and diverse experiences through public (National Tax Service Building, Yeosu Expo T/K) to private projects (Glass Tower, Centreville Asterium Seoul). Also he is specialize at urban redevelopment project that revitalize old commercial district and successfully carried out Gwanghwamun D-Tower project.
Advanced Technology Department 3
Seung Hwan Lee is the industrial plant design specialist. Since he joined Samsung Group in 1994, he had involved many oversea manufacturing projects that locate in America and Europe. After he joined SAMOO in 2004, he has led mechanical design for Advanced technology FAB facilities such as semi-conductor, display and carried out multi complex project management based on his ripe experience. And he has served as PM for big projects. Now he is working as head of Advanced Technology Department 3 and provides world-class service to customers.
Advanced Technology Department 2
Eui Suk Lee received bachelor of Architecture from Inha University. After he joined SAMOO, Mr. Lee has over 20 years of design experience regarding the industrial plant field. With his extensive knowledge and experience Mr. Lee provides optimized total solutions for all the industrial facilities such as FAB, Utilities, substation, lab, and logistic bldg.
Featured Works / Samsung Electronics Giheung Campus 14L, 15L, 16L, Samsung Electronics Giheung Campus LSI Research Center, Samsung Techwin Pangyo R&D Center, KAI A-350 WING RIB Project, Exxon Mobile BSF Project, Shinsung Solar Energy 2L.
Bio Healthcare Design Studio
Sang Hwi Kang has been specialized in planning and designing healthcare facilities and research institutes since joining Samoo 25 years ago. He graduated from Yonsei University in 1990 and received the master’s degree from the same university. Currently, he is in charge of SAMOO B&H Group, the Korea’s best performance and expertise group in healthcare and research facilities planning. In particular, he had been in charge of major projects of Samsung Medical Center for 8 years and by residing in the planning office and construction HQ himself, he benchmarked top global hospitals and research centers and experienced all stages of the process engaging in every stage ranging from the initial planning stage to the designing and construction stages, which led him to have the vision to supervise entire processes and aspects about healthcare projects. Such career can help him to provide the knowledge necessary for the planning stage of a project with operation and planning as well as for architectural tasks to clients who plan medical facilities. His major works include a lot of medical facilities such as Cancer Center / Proton Therapy Center / International Medical Center / Outpatient Medical Center Samsung Medical Center, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Gangbuk Samsung Hospital, extension of CHA Bundang Medical Center, Rehabilitation Center / Rheumatism Center of Chungnam National University Hospital, etc. and research facilities such as Clinical Research Institute of Seoul National University, Samsung Future Medical Research Institute, Korea Brain Research Institute, etc.
Strategic Business Division and concurrently Strategic Business Studio
Dong Hoon Kim is a Senior Principal and leads the Strategic Business Division responsible for future business and global new Biz model of SAMOO. With a wide range of experiences throughout various countries and areas, KIM has been carrying out a number of overseas projects more recently in Malaysia, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia. He has played a central role in developing overseas strategy and acquiring global talents in SAMOO. After graduating from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the US with the master’s degree in Super high-rise Bldgs, he worked in an architectural design firm in Chicago for 4 years and then, joined SAMOO in 2003. As an intelligent building expert, he has been carrying out various office projects. In particular, he led the Sustainable Design Team for 4 years from 2011 and has successfully carried out sustainable pilot projects such as Eco Factory Prototype, Low-Energy Building and, consulting-research tasks including Net Zero Energy Building architectural element technologies, Smart City Micro Energy Grid, etc.
Administration Division and concurrently Financial Management
Since joining SAMOO 24 years ago, he has been working in finance, tax and financial affairs and has improved the convenience and efficiency of the work with the development of project profit/loss programs and financial settlement. He values the sincere and straightforward attitudes for the management philosophy. Currently, he is in charge of financial management, IT affairs, and general administration and focuses on maintaining a sustainable and solid financial structure.
Smart Residential Design Studio
Since joining Samoo in 1994, Chul Ho Kim has taken part in various projects with a professional focus specifically on residential design and development projects in Korea and abroad. He, based on his abundance of experience and professional knowhow, provides end-to-end solution to various types of projects from masterplan design, ultra-high-rise mixed-use buildings, high-end residential complex, to real estate development projects that is growing more complicated. His major works, among others, include Tower Palace, Raemian East Palace, Pangyo Daejang District Master Plan, Mixed-use building at Midancity Yeoungjong, and Hyosung Harrington Court Gangnam. He has also designed condominium and luxury villas in R District of Jeju Shinwha World. His overseas works include South Brooks at Desa ParkCity, Kuching Upland Condominium, and Putrajaya Residential in Malaysia. He is enthusiastic about developing new and various types of residential design and future smart living space that can cope with a variety of modern lifestyles, while paying attention to urban regeneration and eco-friendly remodeling that would lead to harmony among human, urban and the nature.
As a licensed architect with more than 20 years of experience, Simon S. Kim has been leading a wide range of corporate, institutional and mission critical projects. He designed Woori-Bank Sang-Am Center, Hana Sqare & Centennial Hall of Korea University, Asiana IDT Research Center, Korean Air T2 IOC etc. As a Principal of Design Studio 1, he is leading a variety of design projects that satisfies the complex interests of the clients. Mr. Kim was the Head of New York Studio in 2014 and successfully designed a couple of tricky projects - such as Qatar Hotel and New York Korea Embassy to UN - while he is leading architects with diverse background. Mr. Kim has extensive working experience with international clients. His global clients include Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, University of Rwanda, Ministry of Information Technology of Pakistan & Myanmar, and Lam Research. As a LEED AP, he is also well knowledgeable about sustainable design.
Advanced Technology Department 1
Myung Kyu Song is an expert in utility design for high-tech industrial facilities. In 1996, he joined the Samsung Group and participated in the design and construction of domestic and overseas industrial plants. Ever since he joined Samoo Architects & Engineers in 2005, he has been in charge of FAB utility processes, such as semiconductors and batteries, and piping design. In particular, when he was in charge of Samsung Semiconductor FAB, he consistently gained trust from the client based on the know-how that he obtained from many design experiences of executing the entire process from planning to completion. Major achievements include Samsung Semiconductor Lines 15, 16, and 17, Pyeongtaek Plant, Samsung SDI Gachon Battery Plant, and ExxonMobil Gumi BSF Factory.
Advanced Technology Administration
Min Young Kim earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architectural engineering from Sungkyunkwan University. For the past 20 years, he has been working on high-tech design projects and technological development since joining SAMOO. He is currently working on developing future-oriented production facilities such as maximizing the production area, optimizing utility supply facilities, standardizing design, and practicing DT-based design, based on his experience in designing industrial facilities such as large-scale production complex master plans, production facilities, utility supply facilities, office and welfare facilities, and high-tech research institute buildings. He worked on projects for Samsung Electronics’ MR2 and Line 16 in Hwaseong, SR3 in Giheung, M/P and Line X1 in Xian, China, M/P, Assembly 4, and Line l in Suzhou, China, SEVT M/P in Vietnam, Techone Turbo Compressor Factory in Changwon, R&D Center in Pangyo, and KAI Wing-Rib Factory.
Modular Business Division
Kyoung Tae Kang is in charge of the Office for Modular Business, a new division promoted in SAMOO. He directs tasks to ensure expertise in modular design. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in the field of the architectural environment from Seoul University. In 1995, he joined Samsung C&T Corporation and gained extensive expertise in the field of construction, both at domestic and international sites and the headquarters. In particular, while working as a member of the technology team, he provided technical support for skyscrapers and atypical curtain wall projects, including Burj Kalifa and DDP. He was also in charge of the ENG team, the team responsible for the engineering of architectural design, structure, waterproofing, insulation, and finishing technology and establishing expertise in those sectors. Based on his experience and knowledge in engineering, he contributed significantly to the development and commercialization of modular systems, such as the development of technology for joining modular systems and supplying office modular systems.
As professionals in Architecture, project managers fulfill projects effectively and produce successful results. They leads projects to give benefits to clients and societies, via in-depth experiences and track records.