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College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Mail Stop 42091
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone 806-742-3136
Email: architecture@ttu.edu

서울 | SS2015t


Description of the study abroad program:

This study abroad program is set in Seoul, South Korea; a mega-city in Northeast Asia with a population of over 10 million and is the second largest metropolitan with more than 24.5 million inhabitants. To allow for such an enormous population, Seoul has implemented one of the worlds largest subway systems with over 8 million trips daily. Seoul has been a major settlement for over 2,000 years with its foundation dating back to 18 BC. More recently, this incredible city has hosted the Olympics in 1988, FIFA World Cup in 2002, and the 2010 G-10 Summit. In addition to the major technological progress, the city in 2010 was named the World Design Capital. Now, Seoul provides a highly technologically advanced infrastructure such as a fast high-penetration broadband network, operating at 1 GB per second by 2012. Furthermore, it is the first city to feature the new DMB (digital multimedia broadcasting) in 2005.

The objective of Seoul Studio is to have students fully engage and employ an understanding of diverse urban patterns while simultaneously responding architecturally within particular cultural, social, political, and religious pressures.

After being almost completely destroyed in the Korean War in 1950, Seoul has now become a highly contemporary and extremely vibrant city. Because of this, Seoul provides an exciting diverse framework for an urban laboratory to operate within. Analysis of natural and formal ordering principles, contextual perceptions, and influences of layering systems allows for creative design in both a two and three dimensional capacity. Both navigating through and experimenting within Seoul’s unique characteristics generate inquiries into architectural urban insertion. In order to evaluate intensely, we will be making various on-site visits and performing analysis studies of traditional and contemporary neighborhoods within this multivalent city. In addition, we will be applying knowledge built from comprehending cultural differences such as diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, social hierarchies and constructs so that students recognize and fully develop an understanding of the implications of cultural diversity.

Upon completion of the 6-weeks Seoul Studio course work, we will be taking a 6-day excursion into Tokyo, Japan. This travel will provide the opportunity for the students to be exposed to and experience the differences between the urban environment in Korea and Japan, who historically have had a long history of intriguing, sometimes complicated, political and cultural interactions.


History of Seoul
Pre-Korean War
Post-Korean War
Korean Culture
Value Systems – Hierarchy Constructs
Food – Music – Entertainment
North-East Asian Architecture, Traditional (Korean &Japanese)
North-East Asian Architecture, Contemporary (Korean & Japanese)
Urbanism (general overview)
Urbanism (Seoul)
Infrastructures – Public Spaces – Housing Development Strategies – Urban Interstitial Networks


Mapping urban networks
Investigations into existing public spaces, infrastructures, Korean-Urban typologies, and traditional traces
Public Space Proposal:
The interstitial public space and connectivity between ‘Building’ and ‘City’ becomes critical. As we intensify our comprehension of Seoul as a complex organism, the proposal will define a formative stratum allowing itself to merge into already-established continuously evolving strata. The cultural fabric of the city sets a datum for rigorous investigations as to how public space can be formed by urban pressures and influences.
Building Proposal:
The building portion of the project will act as a stitch within the explosive fabric of Seoul. From urban analysis exercises (such as, evaluations of existing cultural, social, political, and physical mapping explorations), the ‘building’ proposal will respond directly to the contextual strata of Seoul. Performing as an embedded knot, the ‘building’ emerges from and intertwines between the proposed stratum and existing field conditions.

Participating faculty for the Seoul Program:

Kuhn Park, Associate Professor. Prof. Park’s native town is Seoul, South Korea. He earned a B.S. Architectural Engineering from his native country, his Master of Architecture from University of Colorado, and researched Computational Design at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jeffrey S Nesbit, Assistant Professor. Prof. Nesbit worked as designer with Heerim Architects in Seoul, South Korea. He earned his Master of Architecture from Texas Tech University and his Post-Professional Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Projected program dates for the Seoul Program:

Thursday, May 21: Flight out to Seoul
Friday, May 22: Arrive & Check-in, Kul House dormitories (Konkuk University)
Monday, June 15: Mid-Term Review
Tuesday, June 30: Final Review
Thursday, July 2: Check-out Kul House dormitories (Konkuk University)
Thursday, July 2: Depart for Tokyo Excursion
Tuesday, July 7: Return to Seoul
Wednesday, July 8: Depart to U.S.

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University:

Seoul Program estimated at $6,350.00
Seoul Program fee includes:

▪ Student housing in Kul House Dormitory (Konkuk University) two per room
▪ Studio space for Monday – Friday (9a-5p)
T-Money Card credit of 50,000 won for course use (Subway Transportation Card)
▪ Seoul City Tour, Seoul Tower, Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village, Chandeokgung Palace, Leeum Museum, & Nat'l Museum of Korea
Samul-nori & Korean League baseball game
▪ 2-night Busan Stay in Busan (Busan Cinema Center)
KTX train to and from Busan
▪ On-site orientation from ISA Staff
▪ ISA Resident Director is on-call for any and all emergencies during the entire duration of the program
▪ Faculty accommodations and airfare
▪ A welcome supper on May 23rd and farewell supper on July 1st

Tokyo Excursion estimated at $1,120.00 (optional)
Tokyo Excursion fee includes:

▪ Airfare in and out from Seoul to Tokyo
▪ 5-night in centrally located hotel, two per room
▪ Roundtrip airport transportation in Seoul
▪ Tokyo metro transportation pass for five days
▪ 1-night stay near Incheon Airport on July 7th

The total out-of-pocket expenses for the Seoul Program:

SEOUL estimated at $2,560.00

▪ Meals: $750 (estimated about $6 per meal: $18 @ 41 days)
▪ Airfare: $1,500 (estimated round trip flight, DFW or IAH to ICN Incheon International Airport)
▪ Rental cell phone from ICN: $80 (estimation is based on SK-Telecom, and calling charges depends on personal usage)
▪ Student insurance: $68.15 ($1.45 per day * 47)
▪ Passport & International Student ID: $161
▪ Note: Personal expenses and additional public transportation usage will depend on the habits of the individual students

TOKYO estimated at $266 (optional)

▪ Meals: $216 (estimated at $12 per meal: $36 @ 6 days)
▪ Entry Fees: $50
▪ Note: Personal expenses and additional public transportation usage will depend on the habits of the individual students

The total cost of participating in the Seoul Program:

Seoul Program 9 Hrs of Credit

Tokyo Excursion (optional)

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The 'Program Fee' and 'Out-of-Pocket Expenses' categories are estimates based on past program experiences, and projected costs. This category may vary slightly with the world economy and exchange rates. Out-of-Pocket Expenses may vary widely depending on individual student spending habits.

The 'Tuition & Fees' category is defined by the University. See the program cost comparison page for further details on calculation of tuition & fees for Study Abroad programs.

Description of the primary instruction site:

ISA will provide the Texas Tech University faculty members & students with access to studio space for 240 hours over the duration of the program (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5pm).

Description of student accommodations:

Students will be housed in the Kul House dormitories on the Konkuk University campus during the Seoul program (2 students per room). Kul House is a modern, on-campus housing facility which opened in 2006. Dedicated to foreign and domestic students studying at Konkuk, the dormitory is divided into three halls; Vision Hall, Frontier Hall, and Dream Hall. The residence halls provide a comfortable and convenient environment.

Description of the typical student transportation in the city:

Students will use T-Money card, which is the Metropolitan Unity Fare system that includes Korail, Seoul Metro, Incheon Metro, and Seoul Metropolitan Bus.
The Seoul Subway system is the third most-used in terms of passenger rides per year, 2.048 billion, in the world (1st: Tokyo, 2nd: Moscow, 6th: New York, 7th: Paris, and 11th: London) with 15 lines, 755km (469.1 miles) system length, and 291 stations. All directional signs in the Seoul Subway are written in both Korean and English. The busiest subway station in the whole Seoul Metropolitan Subway system is Gangnam Station with approximately 123,000 daily passengers using it on average.

Schedule of Seoul Program (subject to change):

May 22: Arrive & Check-in Kul House dormitory (Konkuk University); orientation and welcome supper
May 23: Orientation & Seoul Tower
May 25 ~ May 29: Instruction and analysis of project (26: half-day site visit, Itaewon, Myungdong, & Namdaemun, 30: half-day Jongro, :Insadong, Jongmyo Shrine, & Bukchon visit)
May 30: Day trip to Heyri Art Village
June 1 ~ 4: Analysis and diagramming of project (5: half-day Digital Media City visit)
June 4 ~ June 6: Busan Architectural Excursion
June 8: Public Space/Building Project initiation
June 11: half-day Changdeokgung visit
June 13 ~ June 14: Free weekend, except for assignment
June 15: Mid-Term Review
June 18: half-day National Museum of Korea visit & 20: half-day Leeum museum visit)
June 20: Day trip to AnYang architectural visit
June 21: Free Sunday, except for assignment
June 22 ~ 26: Development of project (26 & 28: half-day Architectural Firm visits)
June 27 ~ June 28: Working weekend for the final review
July 1: End of SS2014t and farewell supper
July 2: Check-out Kul House dormitory (Konkuk University)
July 2 ~ July 7: Tokyo Excursion
July 8: Flight back to U.S.