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Taewook Cha  founder/principal

Taewook is a registered landscape architect and founding principal of Supermass Studio where he oversees all design process in the office. He brings exceptional design and management leadership as well as an extensive construction expertise with his 18 years of experience both in the United States and internationally.  He has been playing a key role in coordinating a team of multidisciplinary consultants as well as leading and managing design and implementation of projects.

Prior to founding Supermass Studio, Taewook was Associate Principal/Director of Design at the New York office of AECOM Design+Planning,  senior associate at Field Operatons and senior design staff at Hargreaves Associates.  His project experiences include some of the most notable projects at these firms, such as the Steeplechase Plaza at Coney Island New York, a new gateway plaza to the newly created amusement zone at Coney Island (by AECOM); Seoul Grand Park Master Plan in Seoul, South Korea, a new prototype of themed entertainment environment with unique hybrid program of theme park/zoo/botanical gardens (by AECOM); Aria Hotel/Casino in MGM Mirage’s CityCenter Project, a key part of a $7.4 billion resort entertainment complex in Las Vegas (by Field Operations); the 200-acre Hengchun Tropical Botanical Gardens in Taiwan (by Field Operations); the High Line, a critically acclaimed 1.6-mile long transformation of abandoned rail track into a public park in New York City (by Field Operations); and the $66M, 80-acre Louisville Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky (by Hargreaves Associates).

His primary interest lies at the intersection of landscape, urbanism and ecology with a focus on what he describes as “opportunistic diversity” and “unorthodox creativity.” He sees opportunities in every project, large or small, commercial or public, residential or institutional, and brings out the best of each opportunity in an innovative and unconventional design approach.

Taewook received Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Seoul National University.  He is a registered landscape architect in New York, Massachusetts and Nevada, and a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Building and Construction.