OBBA (Office for Beyond Boundaries Architecture)
OBBA,Office for Beyond Boundaries Architecture, is an international architecture studio founded in May 2012, by Sojung Lee and Sangjoon Kwak, in Seoul, Korea, committed to multiple options and blended solutions in the context of a fast changing society and emerging issues, with an integrative vision not a piecemeal cognition.
OBBA’s design approach starts from a critical survey of the surrounding environment – urban conditions, existing architecture, and a spectrum of elements of daily life. Rather than chase a utopian thought, it is a process of investigating the social issues of today and proposing realistic solutions through design.
OBBA’s focus is on the synergistic boundaries where different fields intersect and form relationships, widening and developing their expertise through various disciplines and multiple spheres. As a boundary crosser, OBBA seeks new challenges, welcoming the symbiosis of fluctuating boundaries rather than following conventional ways.
2018 Young Artist Prize by the Korean Ministry of Culture Korea
2018 Jeollabuk-do Architecture Award Gold Prize - THE BAMBOO HOUSE
2018 Seoul Architecture Award Excellence Prize - THE ILLUSION (R TOWER)
2018 Seocho Architecture Award Grand Prize - THE ILLUSION (R TOWER)
2017 Gyeonggi-do Architecture Award Bronze Prize - THE FADE
2017 Seoul Architecture Award Excellence Prize - HWN HQ
2016 Korea Architecture Awards Excellence Prize - THE LAYERS
2015 Design Vanguard (spotlights architects doing some of the most innovative work in the field who will lead the profession in the future)
2015 Seoul Architecture Award Excellence Prize - OPEN & CLOSED
2014 Young Architect Prize by the Korean Ministry of Culture Korea
2014 Architizer A+ Awards Special Mention, Residential Mid Rise Category - BEYOND THE SCREEN
Sojung Lee, Principal
Sojung Lee graduated from Ewha Womans University in 2002, and studied at the University of Pennsylvania. Following her studies, she participated in a wide range of projects in multiple regions such as OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) of the Netherlands and Mass Studies of South Korea. She has previously lectured at Seoul National University and Hongik University, and currently teaches at Yonsei University.
Sangjoon Kwak, KIRA, Principal
Sangjoon Kwak was born in Seoul, and graduated from the Architectural Engineering Department of Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea). He has built his career in the area of architecture, urban and interior design at architecture firms including Space YEON Architects and Mass Studies (Seoul, Korea). In 2012, with partner Sojung Lee, he established OBBA and has engaged in various projects. He has previously lectured at Hongik University.