In my childhood, an old blueprint with a lingering ammonia smell was a doodling sheet for me. I have always been familiar with the world of architecture as my father is an architect. Although I have wandered quite a lot, I have till now developed my architectural philosophy and talent in my own way by getting experiences from school through a construction company to an architectural designer's office.
I entered the department of architecture on a scholarship in 1996. But I consciously saw myself as a victim of my father's expectations because I had to give up my dreams of being a teacher. So, next year, I withdrew from school for a time. I travelled all over the country while doing a part-time job on the other hand. It was an extraordinarily impressive experience to be in touch with such an awe-inspiring space created by the harmony between Korea's beautiful nature and traditional architecture. I came to reflect on myself and reconsider the meaning of architecture. Then, I could realize how much I loved architecture, although trying to keep away from it. After returning to school, I dedicated myself to my studies I had neglected before. The results seemed to fall short of my expectations, but I came to realize the pleasure of studying architecture.
I started to work at an apartment construction site in May 2002. The field service was laborious but wonderful. I went to work at six every morning and sometimes had to leave the work even after the midnight when the concrete slab task was delayed. I got only a day off every other week. But it was my great pleasure to watch the apartment buildings become more and more completed day by day. The bright light from the finally completed buildings brought me an immense sense of achievement. In charge of the whole construction of two apartment houses and an underground parking lot, I superintended them with the greatest care as if the 240 apartments were my own. To achieve this, a sense of... [continues]
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