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Cornell University has named J. Meejin Yoon as the next dean for the School for Art, Architecture and Planning. Yoon, co-founder of Boston-based practice Höweler + Yoon, is the first woman to be named dean in the school’s 122-year history. She moves to Cornell after serving as dean for the architecture School at MIT, where she has been on faculty since 2001. Cornell is regularly ranked alongside MIT as one of the top architecture schools in the United States, and is well known for its rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, which unites students across the fields of art, architecture, and urban planning. Yoon is herself an alumna of the school, having graduated with distinction from the undergraduate program in 1994. It was also at Cornell where she met her future partner Eric Höweler, with whom she founded the firm Höweler + Yoon in 2005. The office is known for its cutting-edge union of form and technology in design, working across a variety of scales and programs. Projects include the UVA Memorial for Enslaved Laborers in Charlottesville, Virginia, ShadowPlay, an installation piece in Arizona, several mixed-use buildings in Chengdu, China, and a number of residential projects across the United States. View more View full description
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