Partnership Bonds Chicago Architectural Community and South Korean Students
Incheon National University and Legat Architects Sign Memorandum of Understanding
[Chicago, IL] – Last year, Jinho Kim concluded a 10-year stretch at Legat Architects to become an assistant professor at Incheon National University (INU) in his homeland of South Korea.
Kim recently ventured back to Chicago, this time accompanied by other INU faculty members and a group of students in the university’s College of Urban Sciences. The goal was to not only explore the city’s diverse architecture, but also to create partnerships with global architectural practices . . . his previous firm chief among them.
Kim and his INU colleagues and students spent an interactive day in Legat’s Chicago studio. Legat leaders shared with students hot topics in the architectural community: design and research, sustainability and energy for higher education, healthcare and evidence-based design, and customized learning environments. INU students then presented on the history of their university and some of their own design efforts, including an urban plan for a new city.
Kim and Legat President/CEO Patrick Brosnan then signed a “Memorandum of Understanding,” a formal pledge of partnership and design collaboration.
“We look forward to the many opportunities for idea exchange with Incheon National University,” said Brosnan. “With this agreement, we’ll be seeking out design challenges for INU students, finding research to be jointly engaged in, and promoting sustainable campus planning in South Korea.”
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