July 25, 2018

J. Meejin Yoon Named Dean of Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

ITHACA, NEW YORK—J. Meejin Yoon has been named the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art, and Planning of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University, succeeding Kent Kleinman and interim dean Kieran Donaghy. Her five-year term begins January 1, 2019, during which she will also serve as a professor of architecture. Yoon is a 1995 graduate of Cornell AAP and the first woman to be named to the deanship since the college’s foundation in 1896. As dean, she will oversee fifty-one faculty members and more than seven hundred students in the college’s undergraduate and graduate divisions.

“Meejin Yoon is an exemplary alumna of Cornell’s architecture program,” said Cornell University provost Michael Kotlikoff. “Her time as a student at Cornell was formative and continues to inform her work as an architect and an academic. She has led key academic initiatives and contributed to the transformation of the department of architecture at MIT, and leads an award-winning design practice. I am pleased to welcome her back to the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and to Cornell.”

Since 2014, Yoon has led the department of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning. She joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor in 2001. Yoon completed the master of architecture in urban design program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1997 and a Fulbright Fellowship in Korea soon after.

Yoon and fellow Cornell AAP graduate Eric Höweler established Höweller + Yoon Architecture in Boston in 2005. The firm has focused on media as an architectural material. Current projects include the MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; the University of Virginia Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, Charlottesville, Virginia; and FloatLab, Philadelphia, among others. Its publications include Expanded Practice: Höweler + Yoon Archtiecture/MY Studio, Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig, and the forthcoming Signal/Noise.

Yoon's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Vitra Design Museum in Germany; and the National Art Center in Japan. Among her distinctions is the 2005 Rome Prize and Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome.

“I am deeply indebted to my education at Cornell,” Yoon said. “It was an empowering experience. From taking courses in sculpture in The Foundry, to environmental law studies, to architecture studios in Rand, as a student I felt like there were no boundaries and no limits to my education. The faculty who taught me were truly exceptional teachers and enabled students to challenge conventions and expectations around design and the built environment. AAP is a rich ecosystem of disciplines across the visual arts, urban planning, and architecture, which provides both a broad foundation and deep disciplinary training that continues to be unparalleled.”

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