Höweler + Yoon is a design-driven architecture practice and creative studio that believes design is an instrument for imagining and implementing change – social, cultural, technological, and environmental. Over the last 18 years, we have built a reputation for work that is formally and technologically innovative, socially engaged, and conceptually rigorous.

All along, we have sought to expand the scope of design beyond disciplinary boundaries (we wrote a book called Expanded Practice), have benefited from collaborations with experts in numerous fields, and have taken a hands-on approach to design and implementation. This has allowed us to do unprecedented work in atypical fields: interactive landscapes, submersible structures, stone vaulting, and media projects (we are working on a new book called Signal / Noise).

We specialize in special projects. Our projects ask how design fits within contemporary culture, how it can affect behavioral and social norms, and how it can produce a sense of place or create environmental awareness. Each project involves a research agenda into larger cultural trends, material properties, fabrication processes, or environmental conditions.

Our team is a dedicated group of 20+ architects, designers, and researchers. Our projects range from cultural and institutional buildings, mixed-use residential and commercial buildings, to public spaces, interactive environments, and research projects.

Höweler + Yoon Architecture has received numerous awards including the Progressive Architecture Award, the Audi Urban Futures Award, the Design Vanguard Award by Architectural Record, the Emerging Voices Award by the Architecture League, as well as several national and local AIA awards and honors.

Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the National Art Center in Japan, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.