2019 Scholarship Recipients

Sanghyo Kim - Casual Monument


Sanghyo Kim’s vision for Casual Monument was for the building to be representative of Chicago as a recreation center, containing a diversity of landscape like the Cloud Gate in Chicago. This building has a spiraling curve shape with three main divisions - indoor/outdoor banquet space, cultural gallery/library, and fitness/recreational space - and all the functions are arranged around a circular corridor.  He explains that the building is not only a container of functions but a way to get fantastic views, a place that people would want to hang out with their family, friends, and loved ones.   


Sanghyo Kim studied architecture at MyongJi University in Seoul, South Korea and served as a civil engineer for three years for the South Korean Army before moving to the United States where he will earn his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology in July of 2019.  While in school, he interned at Solomon Cordwell Buenz in Chicago. Upon graduation, Sanghyo looks to join a company that specializes in architectural technology in hopes to participate in the development of the use of new materials and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies such as 3D printing. He dreams of becoming a public architect who proposes and builds robust domiciles using 3D printing for people who are without housing in hopes of helping the world move towards an environmentally sustainable and more balanced global society.

Junghyo Woo - Nesting


Junghyo Woo’s project Nesting was inspired by a small leather box for glasses.  In her exploration of this design, she explains the project has a variety of feelings in the space between layers, which arise from the subtle mix of urban context with internal programs. In response to the context of a box-shaped building surrounding the site, that is the city, the outermost layer is deformed from a box-shape, and as it goes in, the shape of the layers reflecting the program becomes free and angular.


Junghyo Woo did her undergraduate study in architecture at the Korean National University of Art and plans to graduate with her Master’s Degree of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in May 2019.  Upon graduation, she would like to further study metropolitan cities like Seoul and Shanghai whose focus is just on growth at the expense of cultural identity due to rapid urbanization.  She hopes to find the patterns of diversity and complexity and propose an infrastructure and architecture paragon suitable to cultural emotion and environment there.



Keigo Yamazaki’s inspiration for the Chicago Writers Museum and Library was taken from a tree.  He explains that a tree gives people shade and comfort, making space for rest. The six story, 19,000 SF structure with a program including a library, literature galleries, and a public event space is designed to give people comfort and rest to read, write, and enjoy literature. In this building, people can enjoy each moment feeling like they are under a tree.


After obtaining a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Chiba University in Japan, Keigo Yamazaki moved the United States to study as an architect.  He will graduate in May 2019 with a Master’s Degree of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and will continue his pursuit of becoming a licensed architect in the United States.  He says he would like to design architecture which will remain relevant and which will continue to fascinate people through its detailing over the ages and throughout the world.