Born in Seoul, Jong-Soung Kimm began his architectural studies at Seoul National University, and obtained B.Arch. and M.Arch degrees at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Kimm worked in the office of Mies van der Rohe during the 1960’s and taught architectural design at IIT for a dozen years until 1978, the year he organized the architectural design practice SAC International, Ltd., Architects.
Over the last 30 years, Kimm and SAC have produced buildings of diverse types, including the internationally recognized Weightlifting Gymnasium for the 1988 Seoul Olympics; the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art in Kyongju; the Energy Systems Research Center and the University Hospital for Ajou University in Suwon; the Hotel Hilton International, and the Headquarters Building for SK Corporation in Seoul.
Jong-Soung Kimm has actively participated as speaker or panelist in such international events as the UIA Congresses in Montreal, 1990, and in Tokyo in 2011; the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art & Humanities in Los Angeles, 1998; the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat World Congresses in Melbourne, 2001, and in Seoul, 2011. Kimm has served as jury member on numerous international competitions, and as jury president for the Grand Egyptian Museum competition in Cairo in 2002~03, and for the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw in 2010.
Kimm is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a Fellow, Korean Institute of Architects. “Exploring Tectonic Space: The Architecture of Jong Soung Kimm”, text by Fritz Neumeyer and In Ha Jung was published by Wasmuth in 2009.