Höweler + Yoon is an award-winning international design firm based in Boston and Munich that is recognized for innovative work across the domains of architecture, urban design, public space, immersive experience, and design strategy. Founded in 2005, Höweler + Yoon has earned a reputation as a pioneering design practice, integrating emerging technologies into both architecture design and building construction. H+Y is as much a laboratory as a studio, transforming speculative ideas into built realities across scales ranging from an installation to a city street, to a new cultural institution, to a campus.
The Collier Memorial at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a particularly poignant work that illustrates Höweler + Yoon’s approach to special projects. To commemorate an MIT police officer killed after the Boston Marathon bombing, Yoon created a five-pointed stone structure that encloses a vaulted space, using traditional masonry techniques adapted to the contemporary design. The resulting monument resonates with the MIT community — Yoon’s own community. Höweler + Yoon have also designed cultural and infrastructural building projects around the world, including the Empathy Pavilion in Dubai, Sky Courts in Chengdu, China and +(plus) Bridge, the winning entry for the Northern Avenue Bridge Competition in Boston, MA. Current projects include a masterplan for Audi’s headquarter expansion in Ingolstadt, Germany, and the new MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA. Their diverse projects operate within an expanded practice to invent new forms and new experiences for the public.
Höweler + Yoon’s work has been honored with the Audi Urban Futures Award in 2012 and the United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design in 2008, among many other accolades. Meejin and Eric are the authors of several books, including Expanded Practice: Projects by Höweler + Yoon and MY Studio, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009. Their work has been exhibited in many museums globally, from the MoMA in New York to the National Art Center in Tokyo.
Yoon is a professor and head of the Department of Architecture at MIT, where she received the Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT education. Yoon earned her bachelor of architecture from Cornell University in 1995 and a master of architecture in urban design from Harvard University in 1997. A Fulbright Fellowship took her to Korea in 1998. Höweler is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture at Cornell University. Before forming Höweler + Yoon, Höweler was a senior designer at Diller + Scofidio and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.