Seoul Foreign School, New High School

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Seoul Foreign School, New High School

The first phase implementation of Ennead’s master plan for the oldest international school in Korea, the high school is intended to set not only a new standard for future phases of the development of Seoul Foreign School, but throughout Korea and beyond.

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The New High School will be a beautiful and efficient machine for contemporary learning, rooted in its context while shaped by international best practices.

Peter Schubert, Design Partner
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Focused on promoting the physical learning environment while preserving the unique character of the campus, the master plan provides a road map for managing anticipated growth and refurbishment. The strategic, sequenced replacement of aging facilities establishes the School as an environmentally-conscious, technologically-advanced leader among international schools in the Asia Pacific region.

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A uniform and flexible design of the general use classrooms allows teachers and students to move seamlessly from one classroom to another. Visibility and transparency have been embraced throughout the project. Optimally-controlled daylight in the teaching spaces creates conditions in which the occupants remain alert and focused.

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Elements that respond to progressive pedagogies and typically seen in college facilities – flipped classrooms and lounge spaces where students collaborate on independent projects – have been modified for the high school environment.


Seoul, South Korea
462,848 GSF (Master Plan) 185,000 GSF (New High School)
Classrooms, Design Technology Center, Outdoor Terraces, Outdoor Amphitheater

SFS Master Plan Phase (2012-2015)

Design Partner
Peter Schubert
Management Partner
Don Weinreich
Project Designer
Alex O'Briant
Design Team
Eugene Colberg, Ekran Emre, Nick Kratz, Nikita Payusov, Jacob Reidel, Daniel Stube
Associate Architect, Master Plan
Heerim Architects & Planners Co., Ltd.

SFS New High School (2015-2018)

Design Partner
Peter Schubert
Management Partner
Don Weinreich
Project Designer
Alex O'Briant
Project Architect
Todd Van Varick
Project Manager
Jacob Reidel
Design Team
Gary Anderson, DuHo Choi, Colin Davis, Dalia Hamati, Jazzy Li, Amy Maresko, Kyung Il Min, Dona Orozova, Yong Roh, Lacey Schwartz, Paul Scrugham, Na Sun, Suzanne Troiano, Mingxi Zou
Architect-of-Record, New High School
BAUM Architects


  • 2015
    • WAN Future Projects Education Award 2015 Shortlist

SFS Master Plan Consultants

Landscape Architect
Andropogon Associates, Ltd.
Academic Programming
Paulien & Associates, Inc.
Environmental Design
Atelier Ten
Civil Engineering
Duksung Alpha Engineering Co., Ltd
Electrical Engineering
Daeil Engineering & Consulting Co., Ltd.
Mechanical Engineering
Woowon M&E
Traffic Engineering
Kyunghwa Engineering Co., Ltd

SFS New High School Consultants

Landscape Architect
Andropogon Associates, Ltd.
Environmental and Lighting Design
Atelier Ten
Laboratory Design
Jacobs Consultancy
Acoustics and A/V
Harvey Marshall Berling Associates
Local Environmental and Energy Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Fire and Life Safety
Hanbaek F&C
Structural Engineering
Yunwoo Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Geotech, Inc.
Local Landscape Architecture
The LINK Landscape Design Group