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Lee Sang-hae


Prof. Lee Sang-hae has two main research interests: study of Korean architecture in the context of East Asian culture and history, and conservation of architectural heritage. 

After graduating from Seoul National University in 1970 with an architecture degree, Mr. Lee worked at the architectural offices in Korea for seven years. Later he left for the United States where he obtained his master’s degree in architectural design and his Ph.D. in architectural history at Cornell University. Since 1986 he has been serving as a professor of architecture at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, and was a visiting scholar for a year each at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Southeast University in Nanjing, China where he conducted research on the architectural history of East Asia.  

Over the years Prof. Lee has filled various posts such as president of the Korean Association of Architectural History, president of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)-Korea, and member of the Korean Cultural Properties Committee for Cultural Heritage Administration of Korean Government. In addition, he has written many books in Korean such as Korean World Cultural Heritage (co-author); Recent 100 Years of Korean Architecture; Jongmyo; SeowonHistory of Korean Architecture (co-author); Feng-shui of Korea (co-author); and books in English such as Dwellings, Settlements and Tradition (co-author); Asia’s Old Dwellings: Tradition, Resilience, and Change (co-author); Seowon: The Architecture of Korea’s Private Academies; Korean Traditional Landscape Architecture (co-author), Yangdong Korean Historic Village; Hahoe Korean Historic Village; and World Heritage: Gyeongju Yangdong Village (co-author).