Daeho An

Daeho An

Chapter: buildingSMART Korea 

Role: Chairman 

Where do you live?  Seoul, Korea 

Work history 

He is the chief operating officer (COO) of the NOW Architects and is widely involved in the management of the company. He is constantly striving to become a company that can contribute to the development of architectural culture.

How long have you been involved in openBIM and buildingSMART

I have been serving as chairman of buildingSMART Korea since April 2022.

What do you like the most about your work in your chapter 

The building industry has many elements of change. In order to derive this potential, it is necessary to work with experts in each field to highlight the value of BIM. In addition, through various activities such as holding domestic conferences and forums, the use of BIM is expanded to contribute to changes in the overall construction industry.

The greatest success achieved within your chapter?  

In order to expand the base of the domestic BIM field, it was possible to establish cooperative relationships with various construction companies. We have identified BIM standards and practices with industry experts. In addition, we have established a smooth communication relationship with experts from all over the world, and we have devoted our efforts to develop human resources through BIM standards development, distribution, and education.

What does openBIM mean to you 

openBIM is intended to convey accurate information to all project participants, which is expected to improve construction productivity. Ultimately, I think it will be the foundation for the creation of high value-added industries in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

What is the biggest challenge the community is facing today 

In order to expand BIM infrastructure, it is necessary to foster professional manpower and to participate in specialized fields such as architecture, structure, electricity, facilities, landscaping, and civil engineering.

What challenges do you encounter in your country 

It is necessary to improve the ordering system at the national level. In addition, it is necessary to institutionalize BIM standards to attract active investment in the private sector and change the perception of BIM.

What are the main opportunities for your market 

BIM also refers to the establishment of an information exchange system that allows exchanges with other industries beyond the framework of the construction industry. BIM in the future construction industry can be a competitive edge for companies and countries.

Digitalization is more and more present today; what do you do in your chapter to meet the challenges it poses 

Find solutions to overcome the barriers of reality and promote numerous research and technology studies to lead the fourth industry.

What vision, as a chapter leader, would you give to the whole community 

In order to build a BIM-based construction industry environment, research and technology will be put to practical use and participate in international activities to contribute to the development of domestic and foreign construction.

What is your overall vision of the future 

It is to strengthen the competitiveness of the AEC industry through the creation of BIM infrastructure and to create results with social and environmental influences that can improve the quality of life of all people in the future.

Would you like to add something else 

Website URL:  http://www.nowarch.com

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Department of Architecture, Seoul National University
Graduate School of Architecture, Hanyang University
Korean Architects, Korea Institute of Registered Architects member, Architectural Institute of Korea member
Representative projects: Cheongna Medical Complex, Magok MICE Complex, etc.