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Event On : June 7, 2022

First Projects Conversation Series: Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon

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Date(s) - June 7, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


First Projects is our series of conversations with architects who have initiated and maintained a successful practice in architecture and design. Architects from Hong Kong, the US and the Asia-Pacific region reflect upon how their firms started – be it a first house, a lost competition, an unsolicited proposal, or a work on paper – and how that became the catalyst for the architectural adventures they are in now.

Over the last 18 years, Höweler + Yoon has built a reputation for work that is formally and technologically innovative, socially engaged and conceptually rigorous. This First Projects talk will focus on the aspects of social, technological, and environmental change as they relate to the built environment, especially how architects could expand the scope of design beyond their disciplinary boundaries, benefit from collaborations with experts in other fields – and take a hands-on approach to design and implementation.


Date: June 7, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 PM (HKT)
CES: 1.5 LUs/HSW
Fee: Gratis

What We Learned
1) how architecture can become the agent of social change and advocate for social justice
2) how to communicate and coordinate with experts from different disciplines towards an interdisciplinary approach to architecture
3) how architects could develop technological knowhow in response to the current environmental crisis
4) how to develop methods to work globally, respond to different context, and overcome the challenges presented by the pandemics


Eric Höweler, FAIA

Eric Höweler is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has more than 20 years of experience as a practitioner and is a co-founder of Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP, a multidisciplinary practice engaged in architecture, public space design, and media. Eric was an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for seven years and was the senior designer on the 118 storey ICC Tower in Hong Kong. Previously, he was a Senior Designer at Diller + Scofidio where he worked on institutional and cultural projects, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Juilliard School/Lincoln Center in New York City.

Meejin Yoon, AIA

Currently Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University, J. Meejin Yoon is an architect, designer, and educator. Previously, she was a Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT where she began teaching in 2001. Yoon is the co-founder of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, which has garnered international recognition for a wide range of built work. Her research investigates the intersections between architecture, technology and public space. She received the Architectural Record New Generation Design Leadership Award (2015), the US Artist Award in Architecture and Design (2008), and the Rome Prize in Design (2005).

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