Byoung Soo Cho Architects is about twenty to thirty people firm. Founded in Seoul, Korea in 1994, the firm started as a design-build office with a focus on simple structures and strong regard for nature. The design team has been working very closely with contractors and multiple fabrication specialists in various disciplines; including stone masons, product designers, woodworkers, potters, and engineers. The firm also has multiple professional collaborators throughout the world in North and South America. Byoung Soo Cho Architects believe that buildings, furniture and art are made, not created. Each architectural project, encompassing various scales and programs, explores the phenomenon of light and space, fabrication and construction methods, recycling and reusing, and a broad sense of sustainability (social/cultural/physical) which uses collective creative energy to reduce the demand for grid energy.
Byoung Soo Cho has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Universitat Kaiserslautern, Yonsei and Montana State University. The firm has received ar+d Emerging Architecture from Architectural Review in 2001, several KIA and AIA Awards, Cri-Arc Award, and the 2010 Swoo Geun Kim Cultural Prize. Byoung Soo Cho was introduced as one of three influential contemporary designers from Dwell Magazine 2005. The firm has been selected as one of eleven Design Vanguard Firms by Architectural Record (Dec 2004).