J. Meejin Yoon Becomes First Female Dean of Cornell AAP

J. Meejin Yoon. Image courtesy Andy Ryan.

J. Meejin Yoon, professor and head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning, has been named the new dean of the Gale and Ira Drukier College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University. Set to assume the new role in January 2019, Yoon will be the first woman to serve as dean in the school’s 122-year history. She is also an alumnus of the school, graduating from the undergraduate program in 1994.

Yoon, who joined the MIT faculty in 2001, co-founded the Boston-based firm Höweler + Yoon with fellow Cornell alum Eric Höweler in 2005. Selected firm projects include the UVA Memorial for Enslaved Laborers and the Shadowplay installation in Arizona. Yoon’s design work has been highlighted in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, and the National Art Center in Japan.

“MIT has been an amazing place to teach, but also to learn. My interactions with colleagues in the MIT Media Lab and the School of Architecture and Planning were really influential—thinking about the role of technologies in architecture, the city, and media affected the direction of my research and my design practice,” Yoon said in a statement. “As a designer, I have always tried to work in ways that cut across or sit at the intersection between disciplinary boundaries and I find the eco-system of disciplines and expertise at Cornell extremely substantive. I also see tremendous potential for expanding the role of technology within the culture of design at Cornell, from computational design and digital fabrication to data-driven processes in planning to new forms of media in the arts.”