Just a year after setting up his Seoul-based practice, Joho Architecture, in 2009, Jeong Hoon Lee won a South Korean government award for young architects, swiftly followed by distinctions including shortlistings for local and international Brick Awards for his projects’ imaginative and flawless brickwork. Lee often takes his design cues from his materials’ own geometries. Residential projects feature prominently in his portfolio. An early project, Namhae Cheo-ma House, in the rural South Gyeongsang Province, remains one of Lee’s favourites. The remote location created complications with labour and material deliveries. ’Ironically, because of these handicaps, the project became more unique,’ he explains. Recent work includes The Curving House and Scale-ing House, both in the densely populated Gyeonggi Province of South Korea.