Se Yoon Park was born in Gumi, a small city in South Korea, in 1979. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Changwon City, where rapid industrialization took place in the 1980s and 90s. The contrasting influences of rural life and drastic industrialization led him to develop an interest in issues such as light, darkness, time, and life.
He began his academic studies in architecture at the department of Architectural Engineering of Yonsei University in Seoul in 1998. After four years of undergraduate study and approximately three years of military service, in 2006 he entered the Master’s program of Architecture at Columbia University in New York City.
While studying at Columbia University, he was influenced by two teachers: Professor Mabel O. Wilson and Professor Leslie Gill. They taught him that an architect should not dismiss even the most trivial detail and that small findings, which can be easily forgotten, can open a door to new possibilities through the artist’s unique interpretation.
In 2008, he began his career as an architect at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which was led by architect Rem Koolhaas. As an intern architect, Se Yoon Park could not build a close relationship with the esteemed architect, but the opportunity to work as a member of OMA matured him as a designer. He learned that excellent design and great art work are built on a base of intense and critical thinking and a logical foundation.
After leaving OMA, he continued his studies at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and at Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE), architectural firms that the young architects, Bjarke Ingels and Fernando Romero, founded after leaving OMA to build their own companies.
In 2012, Se Yoon Park gained an opportunity at the REX architectural firm led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, the designer of the Seattle Library, which first inspired Park to become an architect. He participated in the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) project in Seoul.
In 2014, he began to work independently at a small workshop in Brooklyn, New York. Reflecting on the lives of the people who inspired him, he aspired to become an artist with a strong and distinct voice. Projects such as Light, Darkness and the Tree, Passage of Time and How Architecture Works IN are the outcome of the contemplation of the words that he takes most seriously: light, darkness, time, and life. He hope that these works will advance his powerful growth as an artist.