Jong Kim

Jong Kim

New York, NY, US



Jong Kim increasingly employs an algorithmic approach to building design in which rule-based frameworks serve as the basis for exploring form in relation to its associated performance. His process incorporates extensive materials research, environmental simulations, and computational scripting to test and challenge the physical, structural, and programmatic parameters of a given project. This research-intensive, performance-driven approach has enabled him to design buildings of great scale and complexity including the ALOFT Hotel in Busan, Korea, New Amorepacific Global Headquarter and New Sennheiser Korea office in Seoul, which were completed successfully. Current projects include the Facebook Korea office, ALOFT Hotel and an OTIS Korea at IFC in Seoul. Also as a role of design director for interior design firms, Mr. Kim is responsible for design works as well as Construction Administrations for office projects, large scale hospitality projects as well. Additional responsibilities included negotiations with local authorities and stakeholders, and preparation of presentations to client, stakeholders, and local authorities.


He has served as an architectural critic on juries at Korea University in Seoul, and Southern California Institute Architecture. In addition to these academic contributions, he has led design studios at HongIk University in Seoul. Mr. Kim holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design degree from the Columbia University in the city of New York, Graduate School of Architecture planning and preservation and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, California.


DSP, Seoul, KR, Director

 Director.
 Conduct Design
 Conducted design direction/vision and project budget.
 Established appropriate communication with internal departments.

Mar 2016 - current

EWAI LLC, Seoul, KR, Director.

 Conduct Design & Cost Management.
 Develop detailing consistent with design direction/vision and project budget.
 Established appropriate communication with project team members & internal departments.

Mar 2015 - Feb 2016

SEL Inc, Seoul, KR, Principal / Design Division.

 Project Close Out & Defect Management
 Performed taking a project from start to finish, including jurisdictional reviews and plan checks.
 Produced construction documents compliant with building codes.
 Assist in construction related issues and solving field problems.
 Collaboration with Finance & legal office to define contracts and leases.
 Reviewed details of existing electrical & mechanical system.

May 2013 - Jan 2014

the Exa e&c Inc. (Affiliate Company of LG), Seoul, KR, Director / Interior Design Division.

 Create schedule of all phases of project & develop preliminary overall budget.
 Construction & Cost Management.
 Reviewed details of existing electrical & mechanical system.
 Established appropriate communication with project team members & internal departments.

Jul 2012 - May 2013

DA Group Urban Design and Architecture Co. Ltd, Seoul, KR, Design Director.

 Create vision and business plan for the global business department.
 Responsible experience in managing design of multiple projects.
 Experience working with Landlords, developers and owners.
 Responsible as a director of design management.
 Created and maintained project budget spreadsheet to manage project cost and profitability
 Successful representation on client’s behalf with planning and zoning commissions, design review
boards, and historic commissions.

Aug 2009 - Apr 2011

SAMOO Architects & Engineers, Seoul, KR, Senior Associate/ Designer.

 Responsible experience in international tender documents.
 Experiences in leading and running numerous projects.
 Experiences in compiling agreements.
 Conducted technical and financial proposals of multiple projects in Middle East Regions.
 Design management for international competitions as well as design proposals.
 Conducted technical and financial proposals for prequalification documents.
 Advanced project management skills and experience managing a variety of project, sizes, types
and complexities.

Performing Plan of Marina West – Abu Dhabi Project


Project Goal/Project Understanding

Project Performing Plan

- Establishing efficient working structure Best Quality Design
 Organizing Exclusive Design Team: Assigning the design team leaders with experienced and
skilled personnel of Samoo those who have overseas working experience and AIA license
 Dispatching Resident Team in Abu Dhabi: From the beginning stage dispatching 2 Project
Managers together in Abu Dhabi in order to collaborate and discuss closely with Clients and to
investigate the local situation. One of them will be staying during the design period as Resident PM
and the other will come back to the base to lead the design team in HQ

- Managing system for Construction budget control
 While proceeding the design works, checking the construction cost periodically to keep the design
under the construction budget criteria
 Designing the construction efficiency and local construction conditions

- Maintaining the Design Schedule Efficiently
 Managing and liaison with all the disciplines together by each design stage for keeping the given
design schedule
 Dividing the design team by the building programs and assigning designers and architects who
have specialty of the programs such as ferry terminal, hotel, residential and shopping mall

Organization Chart
CVs of Key Personnel


Detailed Schedule

Master plan
- After signing the agreement, Samoo will prepare 3 alternate Master plan schemes collaboration
with Keating Khang Architecture as per the client request. For better master plan schemes Samoo
will input the best design power of its own including Samoo New York office design team and
Overseas design studio
- After Client selecting one schemes among them, Samoo will develop the scheme further reflecting
the Market Research Report provided by Client’s consultant to avoid abortive work
- While preparing the master plan schemes Samoo will review the structure of the ferry terminal
building in order to reduce the construction cost of the super structure with experience specialty
structural engineers
- Dispatching Temporary Marina Clubhouse design team separately when a Contractor for the
project is selected and performing the design by design build system with separate contract

Concept Design Change and UPC Authority Permit
- Performing Concept Design Change according to the selected Master plan scheme
- Composing 4 design teams for the different major programs as mentioned above

Schematic Design (Detailed Design 30%)
- Hiring experienced and skilled specialty structural engineer from the beginning for selecting
optimum system
- Developing the Concept Design collaborating with Local architect to reflect the required codes and
regulations of local government and local conditions

Detailed Design/Tender Documentation/Tendering & Tender Analysis/Supervision
- After Detailed Design stage Samoo will collaborate with Local Architect and perform the project for
accomplishing the best quality and output

Aug 2007 - Aug 2009

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer in Urban Design Department

Architectural Designer for Hoboken urban re-development project and project management for The East River Master plan, a three city block project including three high rise office buildings, A four star hotel and a five hundred unit condominium with seven level subterranean garage In Manhattan, New York.

May 2006 - Aug 2006

SamJung Design Group, Seoul, KR, Junior Deisgner

 Junior designer.
 Experiences in multiple high end residential projects.
 A Strong knowledge of computer modeling.
 Experience in research and analysis for the project concepts.
 Strong communication, organizational and collaborative skills.

Mar 1994 - Jun 1996


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, MS in Advanced Architectural Design

May 2005 - May 2006

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Jan 1998 - Dec 2002

Hanyang University, Seoul, KR, Bachelors, Architectural Engineering

Jan 1990 - Feb 1994

Areas of Specialization