SIMON SANGHUN PARK, AIA, LEED AP BC+D, PRINCIPAL
Simon Park has been known to take a creative pragmatic approach to architecture. Backed by years of design experience in both the United States and South Korea, Park's work is comprised of numerous building types and scales, master planning and urban design projects. Examples of Park's work include Metapolis, Acrovista, Samsung-dong I-Park in South Korea and multiple new design/construction for K-12 schools and residential buildings in the Los Angeles area. His knowledge and experience in all phases of architectural design as well as the construction administration phase, ensures the success of each project from beginning to end.
After receiving his Bachelor's degree from Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea, Simon Park began his professional career with Kunwon, one of the largest architecture firms in South Korea. His design work with the firm involved several large-scale housing, urban design projects and competitions. He was also one of Kunwon's international design coordinators, which involved collaborating with United States design firms. With this invaluable experience, Park was able to transition effectively when he moved to Santa Monica, California and became the lead designer for many Hak Sik Son & Associates' Korean and domestic projects.
Ten years of experience as the lead designer with Mr. Son has helped shape Simon Park's strong design approach and constructive knowledge. These gained characteristics have groomed him to direct his own successful practice.
In September 2010, with the support of his mentor, Hak Sik Son, FAIA, Simon Park established SSP-Studio, a design studio in Downtown Santa Monica after being shortlisted as one of the top three finalists for Los Angeles Unified School District's prototype design competition.
With great enthusiasm and passion for each project Park takes on, he continuously strives to surpass the expectations of the client. He takes into account many concerns the client would have during the design process, whether it is budgetary or stylistic concerns. Being LEED certified, Park is also able to incorporate social, ecological sustainability and economic principles into the design of the building.