Jang Wins Prestigious KPF Travel Fellowship

Work by Hyemin Jang

Continuous, a proposal for an urban crossing in Rome, creates a continuous walkway that bounces between an ancient wall and an industrial parking lot. rendering / Hyemin Jang (B.Arch. '16)

May 14, 2015

Hyemin (Amy) Jang (B.Arch. '16) is a winner of the prestigious 2015 Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Traveling Fellowship. Jang plans to use the fellowship this summer to visit several sites in Japan, including Tokyo, Naoshima, Yokohama, and Osaka among others.

According to her research proposal, Jang will use the trip to investigate "two extreme conditions of radical architectural speculation in Japan: the manic urbanism of the 60s and 70s, and the more recent phenomena that are subtle and idyllic constructions of architecture in nature . . . which seek to provide utopian lands of contemporary art and architecture."

"By investigating the spatial products of these two extreme environmental conditions, I hope to understand the underlying dreams, desires, and motives that led to the design of the various architectures," says Jang. "I will document this journey through primary research and site visits, as well as analytic drawings."

Winners of the competition are selected by portfolio review. Jang's winning submission contained a diverse selection of projects: a mixed-use development in Boston, an underground public space in Seoul, an urban crossing in Rome, and a museum in Binghamton, New York. The combination of projects met with the juror's focus on portfolios that demonstrated attention to both "the overall big idea of the project and to the small, fine details" according to KPF's announcement.

"Jang's portfolio was remarkable in its clarity and quality of drawings, and unique graphically," says Mark Cruvellier, chair of the architecture department and the Nathaniel and Margaret Owings Professor of Architecture. "The selection of projects that it contained clearly and effectively supported her written proposal to visit architecture projects and urban centers in Japan for the KPF Traveling Fellowship."

Each year, KPF awards three travel grants to students who are in their penultimate year at one of 26 design schools. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year at school. Each winner receives $8,000 for their trip, and another $2,000 after submitting a report about their travels.

This year's KPF Fellowship jury included Chair Monica Ponce de Leon, dean and professor of architecture at University of Michigan and principal, MPdL Studio; Michael Meredith, assistant professor of architecture at Princeton University and principal, MOS Architects; and Marianne Kwok and James von Klemperer, principals at KPF.

By Rebecca Bowes

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