On October 8, 2020, Cho Woo-kyeong, an alumnus of Hanyang University School of Architecture, w o n t h e Grand Prize in the designing section of the 18th Korean Wooden Architecture Contest. The theme of this year’s contest was “rethinking wood”, and Cho had participated with his work “Acoustic Shell-design optimization through wooden structure and sound simulation”.
Q. Could you briefly introduce the field you are currently studying?
A. I am currently studying architectural design with special interest in wooden structure.
Q. Could you introduce your awardwinning work “Acoustic Shelldesign optimization through wooden structure and sound simulation”?
A. I suggested the various forms of wooden structure by combining the property of wood that produces good sound effects not only with mere finishing material but also with wooden structure. Due to such properties, wood is widely used as the finishing material for sound equipment. However, I questioned myself on what it would be like if wood is used not only as finishing material but also as an exposed wooden structure, so that it both supports the building and improves sound effects. I prepared for the work with this question in mind. I analyzed what kind of sound effects occur when the shape and area that is effective for sound consist of wood. I also conducted various simulations such as testing the stability of the structure.
Q. What is the most important consideration in the process of designing?
A. I think it is important to start designing by considering what the internal area of a building is used for. The space is used by people, so I try to plan according to the users of the area, then consider the design features and the connection to its surroundings.
Q. How did you feel about winning the Grand Prize of the Korean Wooden Architecture Contest?
A. I am grateful to many people. I especially thank my professor, who recommended me to join the contest. Though I still have a lot to improve, I think this experience will be the chance for me to go forward.
Q. What are your personal goals?
A. My personal goals in the major are to attain a license as a qualified architect, a doctor’s degree in more diverse areas of architecture, and to study abroad. I also wish to be remembered as a persistent person with no pretenses.