Stuckeman School’s fall lecture series concludes with architect and educator


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School at Penn State will host J. Meejin Yoon, co-founder of Höweler + Yoon Architecture and the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 as the final guest this semester in the school’s 2023-24 Lecture + Exhibit Series. Co-hosted by the Department of Architecture, the lecture will be held in the Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space and via Zoom.

In her lecture, titled “What’s the Matter,” Yoon will present works using the phrase “What’s the Matter?” as a framework to locate contemporary architecture and design in a broader cultural context. She will focus on research, environment and institutions, delving into what matters, and discussing how architects and creative practitioners can understand, enable and create.

“The term “matter” references not physical substance but rather the essence of something — specifically, the essence of the problems facing us today,” Yoon said. “Put another way: what are our values, beliefs and aspirations? As architects, artists and designers, how do we materialize what we value? Or, how does what we build convey our values? And, how do we build what matters?”

In practice, Yoon investigates intersections between architecture, technology and public space  with Höweler + Yoon. The firm has earned numerous awards, including the Best of Design Award in the Architect’s Newspaper, the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture’s Design Excellence Award, and Architect Magazine’s Progressive Architecture Award, among other honors.