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LA Korean American National Museum finds adviser in noted architect

July 10, 2015
Eui-sung Yi (The Korea Times)

Eui-sung Yi (The Korea Times)

By Christine Ha

The proposed Korean American National Museum, expected to sit in the heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles, upon completion, has found an architecture design adviser in noted architect Eui-sung Yi, 47.

Yi, a professor, director of UCLA’s The Now Institute and design principal at Morphosis Architects, previously oversaw the completion of the Korean Embassy in Tokyo and the Korean Consulate in Guangzhou, China.

In 2013, the project received a permanent site from the city of Los Angeles on the corner of Vermont Avenue and 6th Street. The museum, originally planned for a three-story, 45,000-square-foot structure, will preserve and educate future generations on Korean American history and culture.

City Council President Herb Wesson Staffer Michael Bae said in 2013 the project was one of the Korean American community’s largest to date and called it a potential community treasure.

Los Angeles is home to the largest Korean population outside of South Korea.

Yi said the building will embody the spirit of the history of Korean American immigration to Los Angeles.

“The museum will show the dynamism of Korean immigration history and become another Los Angeles landmark which tells a story,” he said.