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J. Meejin Yoon

Head of the Department of Architecture, 2014 - present

Head of the Department of Architecture, 2014 - present

J. Meejin Yoon
Head of the Department of Architecture, 2014 - present

J. Meejin Yoon earned a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University. After graduating from Harvard University with a Master’s degree, also in architecture, she accepted a Fulbright scholarship in Korea. Professor Yoon later started her own practice doing installation work in public space; her work includes the project White Noise/White Light for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In 2001, she came to MIT as a junior faculty member in architecture. In addition to being an architect, designer, and artist, Professor Yoon has built an impressive resume over the past 10 years, becoming a professor, founder of MY Studio, cofounder of Howeler and Yoon Architecture, and director of the MIT Undergraduate Program in Architecture. She was appointed Head of the Department of Architecture in 2014.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Experience working on the FAST Festival for the MIT150 celebration.
  • Discussion of the role art plays at the Institute.
  • Impact of technology and design on her, a traditionally trained architect.
  • View of how architecture education is evolving at MIT.
  • Reimagining MIT’s original blueprint.

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