Kim Hyon-Sob

Years of Stay at HYI: 
Aug 2014 to Jun 2015

Prof. Hyon-Sob Kim (Department of Architecture, Korea University) studied architecture at Korea University as an undergrad, and completed his doctoral thesis on Alvar Aalto and modern architecture at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2005, funded by the Korean Government Overseas Scholarship. A research grant from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK) enabled him to proceed to the subsequent project, “East Asian Influence on Modern Architecture in Europe, 1918-1938” at the same institution for the next two years. In March 2008, he was appointed as a professor of architectural history at his alma mater Korea University, and has extended his research interests to include modern architecture in Korea and contemporary architectural theories. His numerous papers have been published in various countries (Finland, UK, Japan, Italy, Taiwan as well as Korea), and he has recently finalized a two-year project on the Japanese historian and architect Terunobu Fujimori (with a research grant from the Korea Research Foundation). At the Harvard-Yenching Institute, this research theme on Fujimori will be further explored from the viewpoint of cultural symbolism. Prof. Kim was a visiting researcher at the Building Research Institute, Japan (2001), and at the University of Helsinki and the Alvar Aalto Academy, Finland (2005-2006). He chaired a session on East-West exchange of architecture at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians in Pittsburgh, USA (2007), and has delivered various lectures in Korea and abroad. His website is: