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

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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 10.1 million and is the second largest metropolitan with more than 25.6 million inhabitants. To allow for such an enormous population, Seoul has implemented one of the worlds largest subway systems with over 9.8 million trips daily (2012). 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.
Mari Michael Glassell, Assistant Professor.

Projected program dates for the Seoul Program:

Thursday, May 26: Flight out to Seoul
Friday, May 26: Arrive & Check-in, Kul House dormitories (Konkuk University)
Monday, June 19: Mid-Term Review
Tuesday, July 04: Final Review
Thursday, July 06: Check-out Kul House dormitories (Konkuk University)
Thursday, July 06: Depart for Tokyo Excursion
Tuesday, July 11: Return to Seoul
Wednesday, July 12: Depart to U.S.

The total program fee paid to Texas Tech University:

Seoul Program fee
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 28th and the end of studio supper on July 6th

Tokyo Excursion fee (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 12th

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

SEOUL estimated at $2,218.00

▪ Meals: $738 (estimated about $6 per meal: $18 @ 41 days)
▪ Airfare: $1,400 (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
▪ Note: Personal expenses and additional public transportation usage will depend on the habits of the individual students

TOKYO estimated at $270 (optional)

▪ Meals: $270 (estimated at $15 per meal: $45 @ 6 days)
▪ Entry Fees
▪ 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 26: Arrive & Check-in Kul House dormitory (Konkuk University)
May 27: Orientation, Seoul Tower, and welcome dinner
May 29 ~ June 05: Instruction and analysis of project (29: half-day field-measure visit, Itaewon, Myungdong, 30: half-day field-measure visit Namdaemun, and 02: half-day field-measure visit Jongro, :Insadong, Jongmyo Shrine, & Bukchon visit)
May 29 ~ June 07: Analysis and diagramming of project (5: half-day Digital Media City visit)
June 08 ~ 10: Busan Architectural Excursion
June 12: Public Space/Building Project initiation
June 15: half-day Changdeokgung visit
June 17: Day trip to Heyri Art Village
June 19: Mid-Term Review
June 24: Day trip to AnYang architectural visit
June 26 ~ June 30: Development of project (25 & 27: half-day Architectural Firm visits)
July 01 ~ July 02: Working weekend for the final review
July 05: end of studio dinner
July 06: Check-out Kul House dormitory (Konkuk University)
July 06 ~ July 11: Tokyo Excursion
July 12: Flight back to U.S.