Trained at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, New York, Cho worked at Kolatan/MacDonald Studio, Polshek and Partners and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). In 1998, with James Slade, he established Cho Slade Architecture in New York City. In 2003, Cho returned to Korea to found and become the principal architect of Mass Studies, which seeks a critical investigation of architecture in the context of mass production, intensely over-populated urban conditions and other emergent cultural niches that define contemporary society.
Cho has received many awards, including the first prize in the 1994 Shinkenchiku International Residential Architecture Competition for new dwelling design, two U.S. Progressive Architecture Awards and the Silver Award of the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2008 for its design of Boutique Monaco. His representative works include Pixel House, Dalki Theme Park, Boutique Monaco, Seoul Commune 2026, Ann Demeulemeester Shop, Xi Gallery, Ring Dome-Yokahama Triennale, Milan and Kitakyushu, and Air Forest. Recently, Mass Studies was announced the winner of the competition to design the Korean Pavilion for the World Expo Shanghai 2010.
Minsuk Chos visit is generously supported by the Athenaeum, Luce Fund in the CMC Department of History, the Roberts Environmental Center and the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
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