About KICT

A creator of future values for the homeland! KICT will contribute to resolving social issues, creating jobs,
and innovative growth through construction R&D projects closely
associated with citizens’ living.
President Seung Heon Han
Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology
Greetings! This is Seung Heon Han, President of the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology.

As the only state research institute in the field of construction in Korea, the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology has been dedicated to leading the development of technologies in the construction industry.Also, KICT has been ensuring the efficient use of the national land and the happiness of citizens in the past 40 years since its foundation in 1983.

Through the nation’s industrialization and rapid growth, the Korean construction industry has grown equal to that in advanced countries. Recently, we have been seeing the emergence of new talking points in construction beyond the conventional topics of building, civil engineering, and social infrastructure. These include smart city infrastructure in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, convergent technologies in emerging fields, for example, construction technologies for extreme environments, and relevant institutions and policies.

We at the KICT will exert our utmost efforts to answer these needs of the times and ensure the convenient, safe, and healthy lives of citizens. We aim to resolve the current issues and challenges in construction technology to allow citizens to live more convenient, safe, and healthy lives in our land and residential environment, make bold challenges to future issues, and present visions to improve the competitiveness of the homeland and society’s potential for innovative growth, thereby contributing to improving the quality of citizens’ lives.

KICT will be pioneering the path to ensure citizens’ happiness. Your continued interest and support will be greatly appreciated.


Academic career
  • B.S. 1984 Civil Engineering at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • M.S. 1990 Civil Engineering at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
  • M.S. 1997 / Ph.D. 1999 Construction Management at Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Professional career
  • 1989. 03. ~ 2001. 08. Ministry of Construction and Transportation, Assistant director
  • 2001. 09. ~ present Yonsei University, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor
  • 2013. 03. ~ present National Academy Engineering of Korea, Member
  • 2016. 12. ~ present Korean Society of Civil Engineers(KSCE), Vice President
  • 2001. 01. ~ present American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member