Design and Construction of High-rise Buildings –Why Concrete, not Steel?

Professor Sangdae Kim
Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Korea University
Seoul, Korea

Sangdae Kim is a professor of structural engineering at Korea University. After earning his Ph.D in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1988, he began his academic career at Korea University, where he has been teaching several subjects including Structural Analysis, Design of Steel Structures, Structural Dynamics, Seismic Analysis and Design, and Analysis of Tall Buildings. Since 1997, he has been a POSCO Steel Chair Professor, which was founded to promote structural steelís research in construction by POSCO.

Dr. Kim has been working on several research areas: BRB(Buckling Restrained Braces) for tall buildings, Fire Engineering, Composite Structures, Earthquake and Wind Engineering. He has published over 220 technical papers in refereed journals and 10 books, and obtained both domestic and foreign patents. In addition, he was the key person who organized “the Tall Building Research Group in Korea” and successfully was granted a research fund of four million dollars annually from the Korean government.

Dr. Kim is very active in technical societies, including Architectural Institute of Korea) and Korean Society of Steel Construction. He served as Vice President of AIK as well as KSSC. He was the Chairman of “International Symposium on Asian Architecture”, which was held in October, 2006. He was also the Chairman of “CTBUH Seoul Conference on Tall Buildings” held in Seoul in 2004. Recently he has served as the Chairman of CTBUH from October 2009 to October 2011.

He is a chief editor of the Journal of Asian Architecture of Building Engineering, which is jointly published by Korea, Japan and China. He is also one of co-chief editors of International Journal of High-Rise Buildings.