A+U LAB is a design collective and collaborative practice for architecture and urbanism. Led by Lawrence Kim, an architect and professor at Pusan National University, A+U LAB engages in diverse projects through design consultancy and research working regionally and internationally.
Centered on contemporary practice, we approach design at multi-scalar levels studying the issues arising within and at the intersection of architecture and urbanism. Architecture is examined as a cultural, social and spatial discipline addressing the programmatic and contextual issues, and urbanism is examined as the study of how inhabitants of cities interact with the built environment. Urban design, a direct component of urbanism, moves beyond the study of urban space as the practice that actively shapes the urban areas and the city with systems of strategies and interventions that integrate people with the built environment. A+U LAB sees design as the means to envision a better-built environment and to initiate great transformation. We place emphasis on evidence-based design and strive to produce innovative works that are grounded in meaningful and lasting ideals.