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Professor Han Pilwon Joins to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Spatial Habitus Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture Series at the University of Hawaii Press                                              May 27, 2018


Four members are added to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Spatial Habitus Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture Series at the University of Hawaii Press:

        Kazi Ashraf, Bengal Institute of Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Bangladesh
Han Pilwon, Hannam University, Korea
Marcel Vellinga, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Zhao Chen, University of Nanking, China

They join a distinguished international group of advisors who have been recommending and reviewing manuscripts:

Nezar Alsayyad, University of California-Berkeley, USA
Puay-peng Ho, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Liu Jie, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
William Logan, Deakin University, Australia
David P.Y. Lung, University of Hong Kong, HKSAR
Amos Rapoport, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Joseph Rykwert, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Nancy S. Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Yi-Fu Tuan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Roxana Waterson, National University of Singapore

Books in the Spatial Habitus series explore the socio-cultural, historical, and environmental factors that influence the structure and meaning of Asia’s architecture—the buildings, settlements, cities, and landscapes of more than half the world’s population. Drawing on the original research of established as well as younger scholars, the series—richly illustrated with photographs, line drawings, and maps—focuses on the ways in which various factors shape built forms and explores how meanings are transmitted through architecture. As the title Spatial Habitus suggests, the series emphasizes the interactive and meaningful relationship between people and their built world.

Series Editors

Ronald G. Knapp (SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Geography at the State University of New York at New Paltz, USA)
Xing Ruan (Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Australia)


Kangoku Hurui Machino Rojio Aruku, the Japanese Edition of Walking Golmoks in the Old Cities Is Published in Tokyo, Japan with the Translation of Hagiwara Megumi.                                        March 7, 2018


On March 7, 2018, the Japanese edition of Walking Golmoks in the Old Cities - Fascinating Local Historic Cities in Korea written by Han Pilwon has published by Sanichishobo (https://31shobo.com) in Tokyo, Japan, with the translation of Hagiwara Megumi. The translation was supported by The Literature Translation Institute of Korea.

The book, first published in Seoul, Korea by Humanist Publishing Group in 2012 and selected as one of the Best Cultural Books by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea in 2013, is known as a rare exploration of historic Korean cities.

The Japanese edition is more than translation in that it corrected several mistakes in the original Korean edition and contains many more relevant photos. And it offers a better layout for readability.

The author added a preface for Japanese readers with the title of Time Travel to Old Korean Cities saying " I hope this book to calm down their feeling stirred up and to be a warm hearted friend of them who would suddenly face something curious, embarrassed, touched, or melancholy when they get into the alleyways of old Korean cities."

The Japanese edition is expected to help the Japanese readers to understand the historic Korean cities better, and to contribute to the cultural interchange between Korea and Japan.

Book Design by Katsuragawa Jun

Walking Golmoks in the Old Cities Is Translated into Japanese to Be Published in Japan with Support of The Literature Translation Institute of Korea.                                                                             Sep. 5, 2016


The Literature Translation Institute of Korea selects Walking Golmoks in the Old Cities - Fascinating Local Historic Cities in Korea, written by Han Pilwon and published by Humanist Publishing Group in 2012, to support its translation into Japanese to be published in Japan. (Golmok means a narrow alleyway typically found in Korean cities. It often has the form of cul-de-sac.)

The Literature Translation Institute of Korea periodically selects literary works and humanities books to support their translation into diverse languages and overseas publication. In this 3rd quarter of 2016, the Institute selects 17 books, out of 96 applicants, including The Vegetarian by Han Kang, the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2016.



 ATA Surveys Henan and Hubei Provinces, China                                       July 31, 2014


The ATA research team surveys historic and modern cities and architectures, villages and houses in Henan and Hubei provinces, China, including Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Yanshi, Dengfeng, Luoyang, and Wuhan, from July 13 to 21, 2014. This is the ATA's 19th year of China survey. Kim Sangkyeum, an architecture professor of Daejeon University and Yu Byunggu, the chief architect of CNU Architects, and Korean literature professors, Park Suyeon, Kim Jeongsuk, and Yang Jino join the ATA team.

This expedition mainly explores ancient archaeological sites, traditional architectures, and historic cities in Henan province, and a modern city, Wuhan, and old villages in its southeast.



At Yuwan-cun in Hubei province on July 19: The three people at professor Han's (second from right) left are villagers. The right two of them, a couple, serviced us a wonderful lunch, and they declined the cost politely.



The Principles and Practices of Hanok Design published                                 May 30, 2014


The Principles and Practices of Hanok Design written by 3 hanok reserchers, including Professor Han Pilwon, and 6 hanok architects is published May 2014. The book subtitled "Hanok Design Methods Bridging Tradition and Present" is edited by ATA with the support of Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

This is the first book dealing with hanok design comprehensively, covering from theories to detail design. Based on the understanding of traditional hanok, it contains various information for contemporary hanok design with which even the Korean architects are not so familiar. By integrating principles and practices, this book is expected to be a reliable channel of Korean architecture from the traditional to the contemporary.





K-House Featured on the Cover of Housing Journal (May 2014)                     May 1, 2014


"K-House" designed by ATA with Choi Munbong and constructed by Haucool with Carpenter Choi Seoungho is featured on the cover of Housing Journal (May 2014). The house is built for a retired couple with a limited budget at the newly developed Hakha housing district in the suburb of Daejeon. It consists of a hanok (Korean style house) for husband and a yangok (Western style house) for wife that are connected through a long narrow corridor. This kind of the spatial articulation of dwelling according to gender is a unique tradition in Korea. It also follows the Hanok tradition in that two buildings are paired with yards, respectively. This house is expected to be a new model of the single-family detached house for suburbia that is a recent social concern in Korea.









Walking Golmoks in the Old Cities published                                                        Oct. 24, 2012


Walking Golmoks in the Old Cities - Fascinating Local Historic Cities in Korea is published by Humanist Publishing Group on October 24, 2012. The book is written by Professor Han Pilwon who has explored historic Korean cities for 7 years. In the book 9 small cities with long histories and potential for future living environment are described with his easy and warm text containing a lot of sketches drawn on site; Milyang, Tongyeong, Andong, Chuncheon, Anseong, Ganggyeong, Chungju, Jeonju, and Naju.

Considering the long history of many Korean cities, it is odd that theoretical books on Korean urbanism are rarely found. In this context, Professor Han's new book is highly appreciated by the general public as well as professionals as having drawn a valuable region-specific urban theory.

* Golmok means a narrow alleyway typically found in Korean cities. It often has the form of cul-de-sac.




The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms published        Oct. 15, 2012


The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms is published by Routledge in September, 2012. The writers including Professor Han Pilwon address the histories, characteristics, current issues and the futures of the Asian cities in 24 regions. The book is edited by Vinayak Bharne who teaches at the University of Southern California, LA.

The Asian urban landscape contains nearly half of the planet’s inhabitants and more than half of its slum population living in some of its oldest and densest cities. It encompasses some of the world’s oldest civilizations and colonizations, and today contains some of the world’s fastest growing cities and economies. As such Asian cities create concomitant imagery - polarizations of poverty and wealth, blurred lines between formality and informality, and stark juxtapositions of ancient historic places with shimmering new skylines.

This book embraces the complexity and ambiguity of the Asian urban landscape, and surveys its bewildering array of multifarious urbanities and urbanisms. Twenty-four essays offer scholarly reflections and positions on the complex forces and issues shaping Asian cities today, looking at why Asian cities are different from the West and whether they are treading a different path to their futures. Their combined narrative – spanning from Turkey to Japan and Mongolia to Indonesia - is framed around three sections: Traditions reflects on indigenous urbanisms and historic places. In this section, the essay by Professor Han, Axes and alleyways: The tradition of duality in contemporary Korean cities, outlines the charactreristics of Historic Korean cities from the perspective of East Asian civilization.

Tensions reflects on the legacies of Asia’s East–West dialectic through both colonialism and modernism and Transformations examines Asia’s new emerging utopias and urban aspirations.

The book claims that the histories and destinies of cities across various parts of Asia are far too enmeshed to unpack or oversimplify. Avoiding the categorization of Asian cities exclusively by geographic location (south-east, Middle East), or the convenient tagging of the term Asian on selective regional parts of the continent, it takes a broad intellectual view of the Asian urban landscape as a 'both…and' phenomenon; as a series of diverse confluences - geographic, historic and political - extending from the deserts of the Persian Gulf region to the Pearl River Delta. Arguing for Asian cities to be taken seriously on their own terms, this book represents Asia - as a fount of extraordinary knowledge that can challenge our fundamental preconceptions of what cities are and ought to be.

Korean edition of Ordering Space: Types in Architecture and Design (VNR, 1994) published     June 21, 2012


The Korean edition of Ordering Space: Types in Architecture and Design edited by Karen A. Franck and Lynda H. Schneekloth is published by a Korean publishing company Namam, June 5, 2012. The translater is Pilwon Han who has devoted himself to the work since 2001.

Professor Han has not only translated the whole texts of 19 theoretical and elusive essays with diverse perspectives and ideas on typology by 18 writers, but added a lot of notes and an introductory essay, which lead readers to the world of typology. His additions made the Korean edition into two-volume book, each with more than 400 pages. His translation is supported by National Research Foundation of Korea.

Considering that typology is being adopted widely in the academia and practice of architecture and design in Korea, this publication is expected to contribute to research and creation in diverse disciplines including architecture and arts.










Professor Han Pilwon Delivers the Keynote Speech for ASE

 ATA Surveys Tibet Region        Sep 14, 2011


ATA surveys Tibet region including Lanzhou, Gansu Province and Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China from August 17 to 24, 2011. This is the ATA's 16th year of China survey. ATA broadens its survey area to East Asia beyond mainland China since last year. In this survey Yu Byunggu, the chief architect of CNU Architects, and Cho Hanmook, the chief architect of YEHA Architects also participate.

Heading to Tibet, the ATA survey team chooses the course approaching Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, from Lanzhou by train. It is to alleviate the altitude sickness by escaping a sudden rise of altitude.

While staying in Lanzhou, the ATA survey team visits Binglingsi Grottos by boat sailing on yellow water of Liujiaxia Gorge that is flanked with breathtaking mountain peaks. And they experience Lanzhou's urban space around the Baita mountain that is the starting point of the city's linear growth.

The 6 people survey team spends 26 hours on one sleeping car with 6 beds of a train to Lhasa, Tibet. Though the car with compact space and heavily smoking neighbors is far from being comfortable, any member of the survey team feels bored. It is not just thanks to the snow mountains of Himalaya looking sacred and herds of yak idly grazing seen through car windows. Actually they are busy suffering from bad headache and rushing to toilets for throwing up. Their pain peaks at 8:20 am, August 20, 2011 when the train climbs to the altitude of 5,070m.

In Tibet where a blue sky with fleecy clouds radiates intense sunbeam, they mainly visit temples in Lhasa, Gyangtse, and Shigatse. Potala Palace, Drepung Temple, and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Pachu Temple in Gyangtse, and Tashihunpo Temple in Shigatse. In the temples integrated with mountains, diverse principles of urban design are realized. In this sense they are awesome cities. Just think of finding your real self in such cities! The Tibet survey is a true journey to yourself. It is much more than an expedition to Tibetan architecture and urbanism.

The Tibetan houses where people and livestock live together are also impressive especially in their simple appearance and colorful decoration. The survey team stops by Zangjian Village in Qushui-xian and visited a new house built in 2008 subsidized by government. The house with the traditional design and spatial organization conveys the dreams of tibet people as bright as their eyes.

Returning to Chengdu, the ATA survey team revisits Kuanzhai-xiangzi. It is a renovated street of an old urban housing area where the lower government officials dwelled in Qing Dynasty. The survey team visited there in 2008 in its first stage of redevelopment. Such redesign of streets, maintaining old traditional atmosphere and accommodating both commercial and cultural spaces is not a new trend of urbanism in China.

Lee Juock says, "This Tibet survey was a precious experience through which I came to realize that only the chosen people are allowed to appreciate the solemn architectures standing against great sublime nature with splendid brilliance"

Lee Mikyung says, "This Tibet survey was a change of awareness. The tremendous spectacles before my eyes. Tibet was great, China was dynamic, gigantic and threatening. In contrast I was conflicting with myself who was very weak and confined. Keep up who I am? No! Any changes? Then how?"

Han Pilwon says, "This Tibet survey was a dream whispering to me how deep the East Asian culture is. Tibet is a huge monastery influential enough to change any human being."

Liujiaxia Gorge




From the train to Lhasa




Potala Palace




Drepung Temple



At the Tashihunpo Temple


Tibetan House at Zangjian Village

Interview with Zangjian Villagers

'Muneopo Cultural Historic Village' Is Awarded the 6th Korea Rural Architecture Award        July 13, 2011


The Muneopo Cultural Historic Village that ATA planned and designed is awarded 'the prize for completed projects' of the 6th Korea Rural Architecture Award. The Muneopo project that was done from October 2006 to May 2009 was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. The project was managed and master-planned by ATA, and its buildings were designed by YEHA Architects (Principal Architect Cho Hanmook) and ATA.

The Korea Rural Architecture Award is a national architectural contest that is organized by Korea Rural Community Corporation and Korea Institute of Rural Architecture, and hosted by Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Korea.


Professor Han Pilwon Publishes In Search of Traditional Korean Villages - Reading a New Architectural Paradigm in Old Spaces of Wisdom        June 27, 2011


In Search of Traditional Korean Villages - Reading a New Architectural Paradigm in Old Spaces of Wisdom, written by Professor Han Pilwon, is published in Seoul by Humanist Publishing Group on June 27, 2011. The book is the very result of Professor Han's long academic journey over 26 years since 1985 when he started his graduate study. Professor Han has largely revised his previous two-volume book that was published in December 2004, and has added two essays of 'A Theoretical Overview' and 'Tips for the Expedition of Traditional Villages'. The new book is recognized as the most profound understanding and interpretation on Korea's traditional villages.

In the book the author enthusiastically unveils hidden orders and values in traditional Korean villages through 4 prisms of thought, culture, sociology and environmental ecology. The book is a vivid record on site of his pilgrimage to representative traditional Korean villages that include Ot-gol, Hangae, Nagan-eupseong, Seong-eup, Hahoe, Gang-gol, Yangdong, Dorae, Dak-sil, Wontuh, Oeam, and Wang-gok. "We can design the genuine dwelling space of the 21st century by experiencing these maeuls (villages in Korean) maintaining the original frameworks of order while having been transformed continuously as time changes", he says. He adds, "Roaming maeuls, I could realize the true relationship among land, architecture, and human, which modern human beings have forgotten for a long time. In maeuls, I could see the real community and the environmentally friendly wisdom that have evolved over a long history.




Professor Han Pilwon Delivers the Keynote Speech for ASEM Seminar    Mar. 1, 2011


With the official invitation of Department National Heritage, Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture, Malaysia, Professor Han Pilwon delivers the keynote speech for the ASIA-EUROPE SEMINAR ON CONSERVATION OF TIMBER AND LIME BUILDINGS (ASEM SEMINAR) that is held at Prince Hotel and Residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from March 5 to 8, 2011. This Seminar is organized by Department National Heritage, Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture, Malaysia, pursuant to the decision of the 3rd Asia-Europe Meeting - Cultural Minister's meeting (ASEM) held in Kuala Lumpur in 2008.


The participants (Heritage Managers, Architects, Building Surveyors, Engineers, etc.) from ASEM member countries, who are grouped into 8 sessions, present papers on the state of conservation, latest conservation issues, methods, techniques and practices in the construction of timber or lime buildings in their countries. And they visit World Heritage City of Melaka in the south part of Malay peninsula. Professor Han opens the Seminar with the keynote speech on ¡°Construction and Conservation of Timber Buildings in the World¡± on the first day of the Seminar, March 6.

At the same venue and time with the Seminar is held the NEACH SEMINAR ON DOCUMENTATION AND SAFEGUARDING OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE. Professor Han also chairs the joint discussion session of the two seminars on March 7.


The objectives of the seminar are:

i. To provide a platform for heritage experts, professionals and managers in Asia and Europe to share and exchange their experiences and knowledge on the latest methods pertaining to conservation, techniques and issues with regards to the conservation of timber and lime buildings.

ii. To improve perceptions on conservation of heritage buildings.

iii. To identify possible areas of cooperation or networking in building conservation.


Please click below to see more information about the Seminar including its program.

ASEM Seminar-2011.doc




 Prince Hotel and Residence Kuala Lumpur venue of the Seminar

Malacca Sultanate Palace
source: Wikipedia









Professor Han in his keynote speech



ATA Surveys Guangdong Province including Macao, China    Dec. 31, 2010


The ATA research team surveys historic towns, villages and houses in Macao and historic cities of Guangdong Province, China, such as Zhongshan, Taishan, Kaiping and Guangzhou, from December 20 to 27, 2010. This is the ATA's 15th year of China survey and is the significant beginning for ATA to broaden its research area and perspective from Korea, mainland China and Japan to whole East Asia. Professor Kim Sangkyeum of Daejeon University and Yu Byunggu, the chief architect of CNU Architects, join the ATA team.

This expedition examines the unique architectural types of Diao-lou and Qi-lou that critically show the amalgamation of Chinese and Western architectures in the Modern Age. Besides, the survey team is going to have happy time with Guangdong and Macao's diverse but exclusive cuisine.

      ATA survey team at Chikan-zhen, Kaiping-city, where Qi-lous are

       built along one side of Tan-jiang river.







A Western Perspective to Hanok    June 11, 2009


ATA holds a four-day international academic program on the Korean style house, 'Hanok'. The program entitled "A Western Perspective to Hanok" will be held from August 9 (Sun) to August 12 (Wed), 2009. The program consists of lectures, tours, and a seminar where participants learn, experience, and discuss diverse issues on Hanok. The whole course of this program is led by three professors from United States and Korea; Lynda Schneekloth, Robert Shibley (State University of New York in Buffalo, USA), and Ha to global architectural discourses through open discussions on Hanok's universality at the sites of the traditional Korean architecture.


The program committee cordially invites you to the program. The lectures and seminar are free and open to everyone, but the tours need registration. This program uses both English and Korean and is partly translated.


     For registration, please contact Professor Han Pilwon
(Cell Phone: + 82-10-5212-2481,  e-mail: grehan@hanmail.net).


ATA press release





1. First Day / Aug. 9, 2009 (Sun): Tour and Lectures / Sleep in Jeonju City

Departure from the Symbol Tower at Hannam University campus / 8:30 a0m


1) Tour / 10 ~ 12 am

Places: Donam Confucian Academy, and Myeongjae Residence in Nonsan, Chungcheong-nam-do


2) Lectures at Myeongjae Residence / 2:00 ~ 7:00 pm

        Opening Music by Yang Hyosuk (Gayageum player)

- Lecture #1: The Lessons and Importance of Traditional Types in Architecture and Place by Professor Lynda Schneekloth

- Lecture #2: The Preservation and New Uses of the Traditional Architecture and Place by Professor Robert Shibley

- Lecture #3: A Typological Understanding of Hanok by Professor Han Pilwon


2. Second Day / Aug. 10 (Mon): Tour and Discussion / Sleep in Gyeongju City

Places: Hanok Village in Jeonju, Yangdong Village, Dongrak-dang, Oksan Confucian Academy


3. Third Day / Aug. 11 (Tue): Tour and Discussion / Sleep in Daejeon City

Places: Bulguksa Temple, Hahoe Village, Byeongsan Confucian Academy


4. Fourth Day / Aug. 12 (Wed): Seminar

Seminar Room at Engineering Bldg., Hannam University / 10:00 am ~ 1:00 pm


Topic: The Western Perspective to Hanok and Its Universality

Panel: Lynda Schneekloth, Robert Shibley, and Han Pilwon


About Speakers / Panel

Professor Lynda H. Schneekloth is a professor of department of architecture at the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA. Professor Schneekloth is the author of numerous articles and books including Ordering Space - Types in Architecture and Design. Her scholarly research is focused on the idea of placemaking, that is, how people transform the world, including natural processes and built form. Recently funded projects include a public conversation on the historic Buffalo Grain Elevators and the development of an interpretation center at Love Canal, watershed organizations on the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers, and participation in the development of a bi-national heritage corridor along the Niagara River.

Robert G. Shibley is a professor of department of urban and regional planning at the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA. Professor Shibley's urban design practices include downtown redevelopment, waterfront planning, and cultural tourism planning. Professor Shibley founded The Urban Design Project (UDP), a center for the study and practice of urban design at SUNY in Buffalo. He was awarded the James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in the Advancement of Architectural Research from the Architectural Research Centers Consortium, a national organization of university-based architecture and planning research centers. In 2005 the American Planning Association recognized work led by Professor Shibley when they gave the Queen City Hub: Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo top national honors for outstanding planning.

Han Pilwon is a professor of department of architecture at Hannam University in Korea. Professor Han is a scholar of East Asian Architecture and Urbanism, and has done substantial research on traditional settlements and historic cities in Korea, China and Japan. He is the author of several books including a two-volume book Going to Traditional Korean Villages (Book Road, 2004). He is currently working on a book dealing with representative historic cities in Korea.

Donam Confucian Academy

Myeongjae Residence

Jeonju City

Yangdong Village

Gyejeong (

Oksan Confucian Academy

Bulguksa Temple

Hahoe Village

Byeongsan Confucian Academy


The Project of Muneopo Cultural and Historic Village Completed    May 18, 2009


The Project of Muneopo Cultural and Historic Village since October 2006 is completed on May 18, 2009. The project to which one billion won has been invested consists of the program part done by Daegu-Gyeongbuk Local History Study Association, and the master plan and design part done by ATA and Enock Architects.

Through the project, the Village Hall has been remodelled, and two buildings have been built for housing newly developed programs. And an outdoor place has been designed around a symbol tree, and village alleyways have been newly paved. As a consequence, the village environment has been greatly improved, and the small fishing village with only 38 households is getting back vitality and hope. The village is expected to be a must-visit for the people who want to stay at accommodations commanding the best view to the southern sea of Korea.

The current architectural practices at Korea's farm or fishing villages are often criticized because they are too incongruous to surroundings. In contrast, the three new buildings of this project are well integrated into existing environment by means of considerate design that are harmonious with surroundings in terms of scale and material. This project is expected to be a model case for the rural architecture in Korea.









Professor Han Tours the Silk Road    Aug 6, 2008


Professor Han Pilwon tours the Silk Road from July 7 to 15, 2008. The tour team that is led by professor Choi Byonghon has around 30 members including historians, Buddhist monks, and graduate students. Professor Shen Dingchang, the Executive Director of the Center for Korean Studies of Peking University, joins the team in Wulumuqi.
The tour team visits the Buddhist relics in the areas of Wulumuqi, Kuche, Kuerle, Tulufan, Liuyuan and Dunhuang, and the ruins of the ancient cities like Gaochang Old City and Jiaohe Old City.

Click below to see how this tour under the burning sun (45 degrees Celsius) enriches the ATA site.

Historic Cities in China

The Landscape around the Bezeklik Grottos 

ATA Surveys Sichuan Province including Chengdu City, China    Feb 25, 2008


The ATA research team surveys historic towns at Shuangliu-xian, Zizhong-xian and Langzhong-si, Sichuan Province, China and the capital city of Sichuan, Chengdu, from February 17 to 24, 2008. This is the ATA's 13th year of China survey. Professor Kim Sangkyeum of Daejeon University and Yu Byunggu, an Architect of CNU, join the ATA team.

The ATA team visits the beautiful small towns whose buildings date back to Ming or Qing Dynasty, including Luoquan-zhen and Tiefo-zhen at Zizhong-xian, Huanglongxi-zhen at Shuangliu-xian, and the old town of Langzhong at Langzhong-si. All these towns are well-known for their diversified systems of space and delicate urban designs. In Chengdu, the research team also experiences both the dynamics of modern city at Chunxilu and atmosphere of historic city at Jinli.

Click below to see how this survey enriches the ATA site.

Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in China

ATA survey team at the Leshandafo of Leshan

At the old town of Langzhong.

On the Kuanzhai lane in Chengdu.

The Korean Cultural Center of New Caledonia Invites Professor Han Pilwon to the Exhibition 'Ma Maison de Papier'      Oct 12, 2007



Professor Han, Pilwon Speaks on Korean Architecture and Urbanism at the Museum of Cultures, National Museum of Finland and University of Helsinki      Sep 17, 2007


The Museum of Cultures (director Eija-Maija Kotilainen) under the National Museum of Finland invites Professor Han, Pilwon from September 30 to October 8, 2007. During his visit, Professor Han speaks on Korean architecture and urbanism at the Museum of Cultures, National Museum of Finland and University of Helsinki. This is part of the on-going exhibition, "Korean Home-The Way of Living", from April 2 to December 31, 2007, which is curated by Amie Ann.

The exhibition intends to introduce the Korean Culture to Finland to which it is not yet known well. The exhibition shows the Korea's typical way of living and underlying spirit and culture, through displaying the everyday lives in Korea as well as the high style arts such as Hanok (Korean architecture), Hanbok (Korean costume) and traditional Korean handcrafts.

The titles and ideas of professor Han's lectures in Helsinki are as follows;


Schedule of Professor Han's Lectures (PDF)

Lecture 1: The Structure of Hanok and Its Aesthetics
This lecture for nonprofessional audience explores the beauty of Hanok and its tectonic basis. It presents how the building process and system of Hanok engenders the aesthetics. It also shows that the unique way of living in the traditional Korean society is closely related with the historical and cultural setting called Hanok.

Lecture 2: The Aesthetics of Traditional Korean Settlements
This lecture for nonprofessional audience presents the lessons from the research on traditional settlements by the lecturer. Here the traditional Korean settlement is understood as a community where everyone dwells in harmony with neighbors and an environmentally friendly place where one lives with nature in good health. This lecture critically shows 'the aesthetics of relationship' that is found in traditional Korean settlements.

Lecture 3: The Transformation of Korean Settlements in the Modernization Era
This lecture for the architecture students and professionals introduces some critical aspects of Modernization in Korean settlements. It is a story on the change that happened in Korea in the early 20th century. In the lecture, the change is explored in terms of the destruction of the vernacular matrix, the high density, the birth of abstract form, and the loss of place.

Lecture 4: Respiration, Pause. Hanok Meets Art

This lecture for the architecture students and professionals presents the lecturer's design project, Gimpo Hanok Art Village at the Gimpo New Town near Seoul. The Gimpo Hanok Art Village is conceived to be an oasis in the midst of monotonous high-rise apartment buildings. The project presents how a contemporary Korean architect interprets the post-modernity of Hanok and the lessons from the traditional Korean settlement.

Lecture 5: East Asian Cities; the Dualistic Urban Structure
The urban spatial structure is an object on which the history and the culture of a society are reflected. This lecture for both professional and nonprofessional audience sketches out the historic cities in East Asia; China, Japan, and Korea. The lecture introduces the common phenomena in East Asian urbanism that are different from those in Western urbanism. Based on his observation and research for many years, the lecturer suggests the dualistic structure as a new tradition in the East Asian historic cities.


Jacob van Rijs Speaks on MVRDV's Housing Design Principle    June 5, 2007


Jacob van Rijs speaks on the MVRDV's Housing Design Principle, on June 13, 2007 at the 21st Century Hall of Pai Chai University in Daejeon, Korea. The lecture is organized by the school of architecture, Hannam University and co-hosted by Daejeon Metropolitan City and Smart City Ltd.

For more information, contact Professor Han Pil-won (Email: hpw@hnu.kr), the organizer and moderator of the lecture.

ATA Surveys Anhui Province and Nanjing City, China    Feb 16, 2007


The ATA research team surveys the traditional settlements at Yi-xian and She-xian, Anhui Province and a historic city, Nanjing, China, from February 8 to 15, 2007. This is the ATA's 12th year of China survey. Professor Kim Sangkyeum of Daejeon University, Professor Baik Yongchul of Yeojoo Institute of Technology and Park Miyong, a photography student, join the ATA team.

The ATA team visits the beautiful villages whose buildings date back to Ming or Qing Dynasty, including Yiliang, Baojia-zhuang at She-xian, and Hong-cun, Xidi-cun, Pingshan, Guanlu at Yi-xian. They visit Professor Duanjin of Dongnan University to talk about academic cooperation.

Click below to see how this survey enriches the ATA site.

Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in China

  ATA survey team at the gate (Paifang) of Xidi-cun.
(photo by Chulhyun Kim)


International Symposium; Human, Nature, Culture - Friendly Urban Planning    September 26, 2006


International Symposium on 'The Planning for the Hanok Village in Gimpo New Town' is held from 26th to 27th September, 2006. The Symposium is entitled 'Human, Nature, Culture-Friendly Urban Planning'. Professor Han presents 'Respiration, Pause. Han-ock Village Meets Art'  for the architectural concepts of the Hanok Village that is planned in Gimpo. World-famous designers like Herbert Dreiseitl from Germany and Shigemura Tsutomu from Japan also present their works at this symposium.

Title : International Symposium on Human, Nature, Culture-Friendly Urban Planning
Time : 2006. 9. 26 09:30~16:50  /  2006. 9. 27 09:30~16:15
Place : Coex in Seoul
Host : Korea Land Corporation
Organizer : Urban Design Institute of Korea
Sponsor : Ministry of Construction & Transportation, Gyeonggi Province, Gimpo City

ATA Survey of France and Germany    August 11, 2006


From July 27 to August 3, 2006, ATA visits cultural and ecological urban sites in France and Germany with its project partner SOTO Co.. And the ATA survey team, Professor Han and Lee Sangwoo, meets the planners and designers of the sites. It is a benchmarking tour for the project for the 'Kimpo Hanok Village' master plan that ATA is currently working for. The sites (planner, designer) they visit this time include Rive Gauche (SEMAPA), Musée du quai Branly (Jean Nouvel), La Defence, La Villette (Bernard Tsumi) in Paris, Potsdamer Platz (H. Dreiseitl), German Bundestag (Parliamentary Bldg; Norman Foster), Jewish Museum (Daniel Libeskind) in Berlin, Münster Projects (Imorde) in Münster, Emscher Park in Duisburg, Insel Hombroich in Neuss, and ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe.

In this tour the ATA survey team especially explores the ways how the cultural programs are incorporated and managed in spatial schemes. In the early morning on August 1, 2006, the ATA team is surprised at the "Münster Zeitung" that features its visit to Münster.

Emscher Park in Duisburg

Münster Zeitung ( August 1, 2006)

ATA Survey of Naoshima, Tokyo and Niigata, Japan    June 3, 2006


ATA, currently working for the master plan of 'Gimpo Hanok Village', visits  Naoshima, Tokyo, Niigata regions, Japan, from May 29 to June 2, 2006, with its project partner SOTO Co.. In this tour the  ATA research team, Professor Han, Kwak Moonsoo, Lee Juock, and Choi Eunhee, explores the ways how traditional dwelling spaces are adapted for new uses. They examine especially how the new art forms are housed in traditional settlements to revitalize them.

In the tour, the ATA team meets Ando Tadao and experiences (dines and sleeps at) his architecture.

Benesse House designed by Ando Tadao

A traditional house in Naoshima as a set of digital art
(Miyajima Tatsuo's Work)

Roof of 'House of Light', opening
(James Turrell's Work)

With Ando Tadao at 'Chichu Art Museum'  in Naoshima

ATA Survey of Xian and Neighboring Region, China    Feb 27, 2006


ATA research team surveys Xian and neighboring region,China, from February 17 to 26, 2006. Professor Kim Sangkyeum of Daejeon University and Hyun eunhye of Sigam Urban Archtects and Planners join the ATA team. They experience Yaodong villages where the houses are all at underground level, and the Dangjia-cun village that shows the prototype and reproduction of Siheyuan. They also visit Xian, a representative historic city in China, that has both confusion and dynamic from the mixture of historicity and new urbanism.

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Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in China

  Huanghe, Yellow River, as a background (photo by Chulhyun Kim)

t Ganling Imperial Tomb in Ganxian (photo by Chulhyun Kim)

t Huaixia village in Pinglu (photo by Chulhyun Kim)

t a Yaodong of Houwang village in Pinglu (photo by Chulhyun Kim)


With Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, ATA Hosts a Special Exhibition at a Modern building    Aug 18, 2005


The Daejeon's old civic center has several Modern buildings that are under a long controversy over their future; conservation or redevelopment. At one of those heated buildings, a special exhibition titled "Promenade to Architecture and Art" is co-hosted by Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art and ATA. The 2 story exhibition building that belongs to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Daejeon office) is characterized with diverse designs of louvers to control direct sunlight. ATA is also documenting the building by means of drawing and photography, with the support of the Cultural Heritage Administration.

The exhibition features laser shows and fine art works by 7 contemporary artists on the exterior as well as interior of the exhibition building. It is regarded as the first exhibition in Korea in that an art exhibition is held all over a building outside of museum. The hosts of this exhibition are expecting many citizens to experience the art works in harmony with an aged architecture and to think over the future of the Modern building that has been vacant for almost 6 years.

The exhibition is sponsored by Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co., Heerim Architects & Planners, Shinwha Engineering. It runs from September 23 to November 20. The opening ceremony is 4 pm on September 23, 2005, at the exhibition building that is located at 161 Eunhaeng-dong, Jung-gu, Daejeon.

The annex of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Daejeon office)

The 1st ATA Korean Architecture Tour Attracts People with Various Backgrounds    April 23, 2005


The 1st ATA Korean Architecture Tour on April 23, 2005 has attracted many people with various backgrounds, foreigners as well as Koreans from all over the nation, aficionados and students of architecture as well as architects. The tour entitled "Pilgrimage to the spaces where Lee Eon-jeok (1491~1553; one of the most famous Confucian scholars in Chosun Dynasty) breathed" was intended for participants to visit and experience the beautiful architecture sites in Gyeongsang-buk-do province (Yangdong Village, Dongrakdang Residence and Oksan Confucian Academy) where a typical Korean Confucian scholar was born, grew up, secluded, and has been worshiped.

This tour is the first architecture tour program by ATA for the people who are not architecture professionals. The tour was guided by Professor Han Pil-won, the author of ¡¶Going to Traditional Korean Villages 1, 2¡·. The participants are invited to download on-site photos by photographer Jeon Jae-hong on the internet cafe, for free. http://cafe.daum.net/ata2005

The next ATA tour will be held in the Fall of 2005. For further information, please contact Gu Bon-hwan.

(T. +82-42-629-8052 / e-mail: nirvan99@hannam.ac.kr)

ATA Survey of Zhejiang Province and Shanghai, China    Feb 26, 2005


Professor Han and the ATA research team - Lee Juock, Jung Jiwoo, and Gu Bonhwan - surveys Zhejinag province and Shanghai, China, from February 16 to 25, 2005. Their expedition covers both traditional and new architecture; the traditional settlements in Lanxi, Jiande, Wuyi, and Yongjia, and the Lilong housing area and new designs including 'Xintiandi' in Shanghai. This is ATA's 10th year survey of China.

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Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in China

Going to Traditional Korean Villages  1 · 2   November 26, 2004


Volume 1: Space and People in Perfect Harmony / paperback 356 pages

                 ISBN   89-91239-17-X
Volume 2: Order Integrating Nature and People / paperback 316 pages
           ISBN   89-91239-18-8

     "Going to Traditional Korean Villages", a two-volume book on traditional Korean villages, is published in Seoul by Book Road Publishing company in December 2004. The two volumes are said to be the first ones on the shelf of comprehensive books on the traditional Korean settlement. The author, architecture professor Han Pilwon, has been researching about traditional Asian settlements for two decades. He says, "This book is the first peak in my long tough mountaineering. The next peak will be about Chinese villages."
     "Going to Traditional Korean Villages" visits twelve Korean villages that are selected over whole South Korea, from the northernmost Gangwon-do province to the southernmost Jeju Island, mainly based on architectural quality. They include six Folk Villages that are under protection by the Cultural Property Protection Law. In the book, twelve villages are classified under 4 categories; Thought (Spirit Underlain in Traditional Villages; Ot-gol, Hangae, Nagan-eupseong), Culture (Korean Culture Embodied in Traditional Villages; Seong-eup, Hahoe, Gang-gol), Sociology (Social Relations Embedded in Traditional Villages; Yangdong, Dorae, Dak-sil) and Environmental ecology (Environmentally Friendly Wisdom Found in Traditional Villages; Wontuh, Oeam, Wang-gok).
     The proposition of "Going to Traditional Korean Villages" is that the traditional way of life found in traditional villages is a desirable alternative to contemporary dry and unhealthy lifestyle. Instead of merely arguing for or praising tradition, the book takes us deep into the details and hidden stories of traditional living space. The book shows how to elucidate the intricate interplay of architecture, history, sociology, culture, folklore, and even science. From uncommon synthesis of all the aspects of settlement, the book derives new directions of architecture and dwelling that deserve to be followed universally. So, the further you read, the more you look at the present and the future, not the past. In this sense, the book is distinguished from many of today's books about regional traditions that are eagerly romanticizing tradition to stimulate our nostalgia.
     There surely is author's enthusiasm to unveil traditional Korean architecture to the global audience. That may partly answer the reason why he focuses the universal characteristics of Korean dwellings and settlements rather than their peculiarities.  Fortunately, he doesn't go further since he believes that only seeing traditional Korean villages is enough to be attracted. So, he makes an effort to analyze villages to uncover 'the facts' with natural-scientific strictness. Of course, the book deals with the aesthetics, merits and values of the villages, but only when they are verified.
     The book will be of great use not only to architecture aficionados but to anyone considering tours of traditional Korean villages. The book is enough to make them nice guided tours. Actually its every chapter finishes with a kind tour guide of a village and its neighboring area.
     Editorially, the book keeps balance between text and graphic. Almost all pages have a vivid photo or illustration that is produced through extensive field surveys of the author. This may facilitate the book to be internationally read.

     From the birth, the book is attracting all forms of media. Book reviews on "Going to Traditional Korean Villages" appear in many major media in Korea; 16 daily newspapers, 6 weekly or monthly magazines - not including architectural magazines that introduce the  book's publication - , 3 national television news, and two national radio book review programs (as of Dec. 14, 2005).




Expedition of Traditional Korean Villages with My Family      October 20, 2004


'Expedition of Traditional Korean Villages with My Family' program proposed

by ATA is selected as a 'Culture-Arts Education Program for the Regional

Cultural & Arts Centers 2004' that is supported by the Ministry of Culture &

Tourism. The ATA's cultural experience program, along with the forthcoming

book series, "Going to Traditional Korean Villages" is expected to help make

Korean dwelling architecture understood widely and deeply. It is said that

these efforts of ATA are bringing forth a new social trend, so called "Village


The first practice of the ATA's program is composed of 6 lectures and 4

expeditions to be launched at the Seongju Cultural & Arts Center on October

20, 2004. The Seongju program is led by Professor Pilwon Han with ATA

researchers, Jaehong Jeon, Juock Lee and Bonhwan Gu (Kumhee Chung).

Professor Pilwon Han coming home      July 29, 2004


Professor Pilwon Han comes home on July 29, 2004, having successfully done his stay in Buffalo, New York, USA as a visiting professor at SUNY at Buffalo. He meets ATA members' warm  welcome at the Incheon International Airport.


Professor Pilwon Han in UB INTERNATIONAL      May 26, 2004


Professor Pilwon Han is featured  in "UB INTERNATIONAL (Spring 2004)". The newsletter, informing international activities of UB (State University of New York at Buffalo) faculty members, introduces Professor Han's activities at UB as a visiting professor.

PDF file of the article

Professor Pilwon Han in ACSA NEWS     April 20, 2004


Professor Pilwon Han is featured  in "ACSA NEWS (April 2004)". The NEWS introduces Professor Han's activities both in Korea and in USA. ACSA NEWS is the official newsletter of ASCA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). The full text is as follows;

Pilwon Han is an associate professor of architecture at Hannam University in Taejon, Korea and a guest at UB for the academic year 2003-2004. Professor Han is a scholar of East Asian architecture and has done substantial research on traditional settlements in Korea, China and Japan. He has come to Buffalo to translate a book by UB professor Lynda H. Schneekloth. The book,
Ordering Space: Types in Architecture and Design, coauthored with Karen Franck, is used in academia in Korea as a leading text in typology. Dr. Han recently received recognition for the design of a small house, a project entitled Puppy and Star. He was called back to Korea to receive the honor and to present the house in major daily newspapers, on national TV and in major design magazines.

ATA Opens Remodeling Model House, "Puppy & Star"    Dec. 15, 2003


ATA has developed an apartment remodeling design and opens its model house titled "Puppy & Star" on December 15, 2003. The points of the design are the puppies' own space and their own openings that link their space to both the child's room and the living room. ATA has studied even puppy's psychology as well as the critical problems found in current Korea's apartment houses to develop the dwelling space in which human residents can get along with puppies comfortably. This unique design by ATA is currently filed for a patent.

The ATA's Puppy & Star has been featured in as many as 31 media that cover major press in Korea; daily newspapers such as The Chosun Ilbo and The Donga Ilbo, TV news such as SBS (TJB) and YTN, and magazines such as The Casa Living and The My Dog.  Click below to view the articles on the Puppy & Star.


The Model House Puppy & Star is located at #107-103 Gangbyeon Apt. Mannyeon-dong, Seo-gu, Daejeon City. It is open to the public everyday from 10am to 5pm, till July 31, 2004. Please visit the Puppy & Star web-site to see the details.

Jaeyoung Jeon of ATA, Selected as a Honorable Mention Winner from the Design Competition for 2003 Daejeon Architectural Exhibition     Sep. 26, 2003


On September 26, 2003, the design team of Jaeyoung Jeon of ATA and Jaein Im is selected as a honorable mention winner from 'The Design Competition  for 2003 Daejeon Architectural Exhibition'. The team's design project for this competition, titled 'Enliven the Urban Void', is based on the concept to identify and vitalize the old civic center by inserting a street and a court into newly designed structure.


Professor Pilwon Han on Board for Buffalo     August. 1, 2003


At 10:50 August 1, Professor Pilwon Han of ATA is on

board for Buffalo, New York where he spends one year as

a visiting professor of the department of architecture, the

State University of New York. Though it is early in the

morning, ATA members from Daejeon city send him off

warmly at the Incheon International Airport. Professor

Han's stay in America is expected to be a turning point to

introduce ATA activities to the world.

Professor Han and other ATA members at the Incheon International Airport.

Bongun Gu and Bonhwan Gu of ATA Win a Honorable Mention from the Design Competition for 'Cheonggye-cheon Area Redevelopment'.     June. 25, 2003


Bongun and Bonhwan Gu, dubbed 'Gu-brothers' by ATA members, win a honorable mention from the design competition for 'Cheonggye-cheon Area Redevelopment'. Their work with a somewhat ungrammatical title of 'Less is Core', has proposed that users themselves should be able to transform the urban area while new development is being minimized. They have expected that the Cheonggye-cheon area will be improved environmentally through incorporating pedestrian paths and green spaces into an axis of urban open space.

ATA Survey - 2003 Spring     May 17, 2003


The ATA research team has finished the 2003 Spring survey. In this survey consisting of five expeditions, the team has visited traditional settlements in Korea as follows:

- January 9 / Oeam Village
- February 6 / Bangchon Village
- March 15 / Han-gae Village
- March 22 / Otgol Village
- May 10 / Dorae Village, Sosoe-won

Click below to see how this survey has enriched the ATA site.

Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in Korea 


ATA survey team at Sosoewon

The 4th Seminar on the Traditional Korean Ecology     May 6, 2003.


Professor Pilwon Han presented a paper at 'The 4th Seminar on the Traditional Korean Ecology' that was held at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, on May 2, 2003. The topic of the paper presented by professor Han was The Environmental Friendliness of the Traditional Korean Settlement. In this paper, professor Han critically reviewed the environmental characteristics of the traditional Korean settlement. Especially, he presented an objective approach to the environmental friendliness by verifying through experimentation that the water spaces in traditional Korean clan villages have a good environmental performance. In the seminar, six researchers, including professor Han, presented their papaers and discussed the issues raised from the presentations.

Jaehong Jeon Photo Exhibition; 'Mutual Support and Meditation'     Feb. 26, 2003.


Jaehong Jeon of ATA, currently a photo journalist with a daily newspaper Chosun-Ilbo, holds a photo exhibition, 'Mutual Support and Meditation' at I-gong Gallery at Daeheung-dong, Daejeon city, from February 20 to March 11. It is a joint exhibition with seven other Korean and German photographers, Jangsup Kim, Byung-u Bae, Dong-J Yoo, Claus Boehmler, Jutta Konjer, Phillip Schewe, and Susann Becker. Jeon exhibits the photos of a Japanese Shrine at Sorok-do island that was built in Japanese Imperial Period. Only a few Japanese shrines are left undestroyed in Korea.

Cyber Lecture by Professor Han; East Asian Culture in Housing       Feb. 26, 2003


Professor Pilwon Han opens an on-line cyber lecture, 'East Asian Culture in Housing' at Spring semester, 2003. The cyber lecture offers abundant material that has obtained through field surveys by ATA. Click below to peep into this cyber lecture. East Asian Culture in Housing

ATA Survey of Shanxi Province and Beijing, China       Feb. 24, 2003


Professor Han and the ATA research team surveys Shanxi province and Beijing, China, from February 16 - 23, 2003. In this survey participated Lee Byunghoon, the president of NamyangAloe corp., Yoo Sukyeon and Ahan Woosung, the principal architects of Ongodang Architects and Planners, and Shim Miru, a doctor course student of Seoul National University. They experienced impressively the traditional houses and settlements that were built by the old great merchants of Shanxi province, and they felt the political and economic energy of China that is forming a new architectural scene in Beijing.

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Traditional Dwellings and Settlements in China


 Survey team at Gong Xiangxi's House in Taigu.

Professor Pilwon Han Visits the University at Buffalo, SUNY for 2003-2004.      Feb. 14, 2003


Professor Pilwon Han is invited by the Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo, State University of New York as a Visiting Scholar for the academic year 2003-2004, his sabbatical year. At Buffalo, he will work with his host, Professor Lynda H. Schneekloth, an editor of an excellent book on typology, "Ordering Space: Types in Architecture and Design". Professor Han is invited to offer a seminar to the students on Asian architecture during his stay at Buffalo.

Jaeyoung Jeon Wins a Second Prize from the 2003 Ideal Architecture Competition.     Feb. 13, 2003


Jaeyoung Jeon, an ATA member, wins a Second Prize from the 2003 Ideal Architecture Competition. His work, titled 'Embrace the Sky', has proposed a flexible and ephemeral space on the roof of an apartment house that can house diverse community activities.  

ATA Greeted the First Sunrise of a New Year, 2003.     Jan. 1, 2003


Professor Pilwon Han and other ATA members climbed Mt. Gyejok-san in Daejeon City in Korea at dawn of January 1, 2003, to greet the first sunrise of a new year. Though they didn't see the sunrise because of cloudy weather, they could feel the new Sun beyond clouds when they made new year's resolutions together.