We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 3rd prize winners of our "Underbridge" competition – Hoyeon La, Seo Junhyeong , Jung Hyun Ji , Seonghyun Jeong from South Korea!

Hoyeon La, Seo Junhyeong , Jung Hyun Ji , Seonghyun Jeong from South Korea

Please tell us about your company (when it was founded, where it is based, how many employees, etc) Alternatively, if you do not have a company, please give us some insights on your own professional/academia background.

All four students are enrolled in the Department of Architecture at Yeungnam University in South Korea.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been Involved?

Participation in the Fukushima Project.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

I think that architecture should first consider the people who live there. This is the most basic principle of architecture, and I believe it is an essential mindset for experts in this field. In addition, we have an obligation to develop expertise in various fields for this purpose, and I believe that attempts to connect them in various ways ensure the permanence of architecture.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Unlike existing contests, BUILDNER addresses aspects of society that are not yet considered. This gives us many opportunities to think and has the power to change society. We also entered this contest to be part of such an initiative.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Unlike the school's regular curriculum, BUILDNER's topics require new ways of thinking that cannot be addressed within the curriculum. This expands the boundaries of our architectural thinking and enables more diverse social initiatives. We too were drawn to it. Through this, various attempts and the creation of better project plans and images are shared with people around the world through the Internet, thereby fostering new endeavors.

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