J. Meejin Yoon

J. Meejin Yoon, AIA FAAR, is the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and cofounder of Höweler + Yoon, an award-winning design studio engaged in projects across the U.S. and around the world. A visionary architect, designer, and educator, Yoon is committed to advancing pedagogy, research, and practice to expand new knowledge and imaginaries across the college's fields, and to bringing deep expertise to the urgent environmental and social challenges facing our cities and communities.

Yoon's own design research examines intersections between architecture, urbanism, technology, and the public realm. She is the director of the Design Across Scales Lab, a creative think tank and research platform for multi-scalar design challenges. Yoon's professional projects and creative work include cultural buildings, public spaces, and memorials — recently built projects include the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia, Sky Courts Exhibition Hall in Chengdu China, and the Collier Memorial and MIT Museum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Höweler + Yoon's work has been widely recognized with features in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe; and honored with awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy in Rome, and the Graham Foundation, among others. In March 2021, Yoon was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States.

Yoon's work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally at venues such as at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, and the Venice Biennale, among others. Yoon is the co-author of Verify in Field: Projects and Conversations, Höweler + Yoon Architecture (Park Books, forthcoming, 2021); Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig (MAP Book Publishers, 2009); and Expanded Practice, Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009). Yoon is also the author and designer of Absence, an artist book memorial to 9/11, published by Printed Matter and the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2003. 

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural practice 
  • Architectural technology

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Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (2019)
  • New Generation Design Leadership Award from Architectural Record (2015)
  • Audi Urban Futures Award (2012)
  • United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design (2008)
  • Rome Prize Fellowship in Design (2005)
  • Fulbright Fellowship (1997)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City, 2018
  • Hello Robot, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, 2017
  • Cut 'n' Paste, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 2013
  • Spontaneous Interventions, Venice Biennale, Venice, 2012
  • Design Life Now: 2006 National Design Triennial, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City, 2006
  • Skin and Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, 2006

Publications (Selected)

  • Yoon, J. Meejin, and Eric Höweler Verify in Field: Projects and Conversations, Höweler and Yoon Architecture. Park Books, forthcoming 2021.
  • Yoon, J. Meejin, and Eric Höweler. Expanded Practice: Höweler and Yoon Architecture/My Studio. Princeton Architectural Press, 2009.
  • Yoon, J. Meejin, and Meredith Miller. Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig. Map Book Pub, 2008.
  • Yoon, J. Meejin. Absence. Printed Matter and the Whitney Museum of Art, 2003.
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