25 November 2016

Dear Grandchild, Last Thursday I had lunch on a hill overlooking Imjin River and North Korea. Lee Hwangu Sangmunim and I had made an appointment with Ms. Kim, a graphic designer who runs a company called Design Vita. She saw my designs the Rainbow Building and felt that our approach to design is sympathetic to…

2 August 2015

Dear Grandchild, I am just returning from a short trip to Korea. I was there to present my proposal for the Genius Republic guest houses in a secluded mountain valley four hours from Seoul. My trip has been a successful one–the proposals that I made to the county governor were accepted as a basis for…

6 April 2015

Dear Grandchild, Today I was at the Greenwich Maritime Museum, for a competitive interview. I am collaborating with our friend Tanvir Hasan and her office to bid for the job of restoring and designing a new wing of the museum. This collaboration with Donald Insall Associates is a very optimistic one for me. Their office…

23 March 2015

Dear Grandchild, Today I submitted my very first competition design entry. I did competitions for many years while at Zaha Hadid’s office, but as this is the first one after establishing my studio, I felt it had a special significance. The project is a pavilion and kiosk to be part of the first Chicago Architecture…

11 January, 2015

Dear Grandchild, It is Sunday evening, and this brings an end to an intense and social weekend. I would like to tell you about three of the guests who came to our home yesterday and today. Yesterday the photographer Yuki Sugiura came for lunch with her partner Simon, who is a product designer. I met…

21 December, 2014

Dear Grandchild, It is late on a Sunday night, and I have been working quite a bit today and yesterday on drawings and images for the Communique Headquarters in Seoul. This past Wednesday was my first day working completely for myself, and because I somehow caught a cold on the trip to Saudi, I had…

14 December, 2014

Dear Grandchild, It is Sunday night and I am awake in Saudi Arabia. This is a significant moment for me. Last week I said farewell to all of my colleagues at Zaha Hadid’s office, and today I have arrived in Riyadh for my very last act on behalf of the office. I am here for…

7 December, 2014

Dear Grandchild, This has been a very social week, with dinners and lunches with many people in London. On Tuesday evening your grandmother and I had dinner with Cynthia Oakes, who had wanted us to meet her cousin Hattie, who is a journalist with Architect’s Journal magazine. Hattie has been a great champion of the…