Prof. Thomas Kang, Seoul National University, Korea


Dr. Kang is a Professor in the Department of Architecture & Architectural Engineering and Director for Engineering Education Innovation Center at Seoul National University, Korea. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. He has held various affiliated positions in the U.S. and Japan, including Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Lecturer at UCLA, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Tokyo. Prof. Kang received his PhD from UCLA, his MS from Michigan State University, and his BS from Seoul National University.

Prof. Kang is a Fellow of Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and a Fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI). Prof. Kang received the Kenneth B. Bondy Award for Most Meritorious Technical Paper as Lead Author from PTI in 2012, and the Wason Medal for Most Meritorious Paper as Lead Author from ACI in 2009 with the subject of post-tensioned concrete. He regularly teaches the course of Post-Tensioned Concrete Structures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign every other summer (both on campus and online) and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa every fall (live online lectures). Prof. Kang is an Editor-in-Chief for three journals: International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance, and Advances in Computational Design; and Associate Editor for PTI Journal of Post-Tensioning Institute. He is one of the founding and voting members of PTI DC-20 Committee, Building Design, and has been a voting member for ACI Committee 369, Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation; Joint ACI-ASCE Committees 335, Composite and Hybrid Structures, 352 Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures, and Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 423, Prestressed Concrete; and Joint ACI-ASME Committee 359, Concrete Containments for Nuclear Reactors, as well as various committees in Korea.

Prof. Kang published more than a hundred international journal papers and more than a hundred international conference proceedings, including 40 in ACI Structural Journal and 10 in PTI Journal. He has chaired many sessions/symposiums of structural engineering; delivered many keynote/invited speeches; and organized international conferences/workshops as a Chair. Additionally, Dr. Kang has done a lot of practice as a consulting engineer in Korea and the U.S. Prior to joining the academia, he had a working experience in California, USA (e.g., John A. Martin & Associates), and was a licensed Professor Engineer (PE) in California.



Prof. Le Trung Thanh, Vietnam Institute for Building Materials, Vietnam


    Associate Professor, Dr Lê Trung Thành is the 7th President of Vietnam Institute for Building Materials (VIBM), Ministry of Construction. Thanh is also the current President of Vietnam Concrete Association (VCA) and the visiting lecturer at Hanoi University of Civil Engineering (HUCE).

    He graduated in Building Materials in 1997 and graduated in Civil Engineering in 1998 and attained MSc degree in Building Materials in 2000 from HUCE. His research career continued to be extended in the UK as Thanh earned PhD degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Liverpool, UK in 2008. The PhD research project focused on Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete. After the completion of PhD program, Thanh worked as a post-doctoral researcher in building materials for a research project on 3D Freeform Printing Concrete at Loughborough University, UK.

    In 2011, Dr Le Trung Thanh returned to HUCE where he used to work as a Lecturer in Building Materials in the course of 1998-2004 and then moved to Vietnam Ministry of Construction in 2012. Since March 2018 Thanh has been working for Vietnam Institute for Building Materials, Ministry of Construction. He was the leader of the research project on strategy for development of building materials in Vietnam to 2030 and orientation towards 2050 that has been officially approved at the decision no. 1266/QD-TTg dated 18 August 2020 by the Prime Minister.

    Thanh’s research interests comprise concrete and other building materials, structural design, civil engineering, built environment and sustainability. Currently, Thanh is the leader of two large research projects which are “3D printing concrete technology” and “Fly ash replacing aggregates in production of hollow-core concrete precast wall panels”, implemented through 2020 to 2023.



Prof. Youngjin Lee, D.TO, Inc. and Boston Architectural College, USA


    Prof. Lee is a co-founder and CEO of D.TO, Inc, a startup in the AEC, and a faculty of the Boston Architectural College in Massachusetts, US. Before D.TO, he was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates, Inc. in Massachusetts, US as a licensed architect with 20-plus years of experience. He received a BS (1998) in Aeronautical Engineering and a BS (2000) in Architecture from Seoul National University, Korea, and an M.Arch (2007) from the School of Architecture at Yale University, U.S.
    Prof. Lee is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), a member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and a member of the Architectural Institute of Korea (AIK). He is also a peer reviewer of international journals, including Nexus Network Journal and Architectural Research.
    Prof. Lee has been teaching multiple Master’s Thesis Studios and advanced architectural workshops of design computation and digital fabrication at Boston Architectural College since 2011, with a unique pedagogy focusing on integrating digital design between multiple disciplines.
    Prof. Lee is also an active part of an emerging generation of designers deeply immersed in the exploration of emanating technologies in architectural practice, with a particular interest in design computation and digital fabrication while maintaining practical relevancy in their application to professional practice. He explores the reciprocal relationship of computational design and fabrication processes in design methodology, helps students apply the algorithmic approach to architectural design context, and further redefines the practice’s future. As a design computation group leader at Sasaki Associates, he explores diverse digital technologies and workflow to expand design capability.

    Prof. Lee’s research stems from his experience in academia and practice and his efforts to improve design methodology, which offers design possibilities through integrative design media and generative algorithms. He has published in many journals, including Architectural Research, Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, Automation in Construction, Nexus Network Journal, Advances in Computational Design, and presented his works at International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia 2016, AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, and ASHRAE 2017 Building Performance Analysis Conference.