Do Kwon Park is an architect and CEO of Samoo Architects & Engineers. With over 30 years of experience at Samoo, Do Kwon Park has led many prominent projects including the Jeju Shilla Hotel, Samsung Hospital, Tower Palace, and Leeum Museum. With experiences working as director for Seoul Metropolitan Architectural Review Committee and Korean Institute of Registered Architect, Mr. Park has also lectured and instructed architectural design studios as an adjunct professor in universities. Mr. Park continuously strives to integrate human-scale into mega scale mixed-use development projects with strong interests in cultural, super-tall, and research projects.
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 Design Division
Mr. Sohn has wide and diverse experiences through design, marketing and strategic planning. He graduated Yonsei University Graduate school of Architecture in 1989 with Master degree. He joined the company in 1991 and for 30 years, he has been carrying out many projects of business facilities, education and research facilities and advanced industrial facilities such as ‘Samsung Engineering Global Engineering Center’, ‘Samsung Life Beijing Office’, ‘Samsung Semiconductor Pyeongtaek Plant’ and ‘Hankook Tire Central Research Institute’. Besides design works, he worked as a manager of International Business, Marketing & Consulting. After various support tasks including job at the Management Innovation Team dealing with companywide planning tasks, he was promoted to Senior Principal in 2010. He served as the executive member of the Architectural Design Division and chief of the Advanced Technology Division and now has worked as head of the Architectural Design Division since 2019.
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.
New Business Strategy 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 New Business Strategy Development 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.
Sang Gyoo Lee is chief of Administration Division and is responsible for strategic planning, human resources, and finance of SAMOO Architects & Engineers. With many years of practice regarding business management and finance, Mr. Lee has extensive knowledge and experience in project investments and risk management. Recently, he is focused on global design-build (EPC) project operation and management. Mr. Lee's valuable specialty will enable SAMOO to combine design and engineering capabilities to become a Global Top Tier Company through the establishment of long-term strategies, solid financial structure, and advanced risk management systems.
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.
Engineering Consulting and Osiria Design Manager
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 1
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 1 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.
Dong Hoon Kim is a Senior Principal and leads the Studio 3 responsible for global project operations 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.
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 Consulting
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.
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.