November 30, 2011
Abstract: Means and Methods is the construction industry term for the way something is built or fabricated. It is also designates a territory outside the realm of architecture. It is explicitly extra-architectural, a kind of forbidden territory. Much of design relies on understanding how things come together, tolerances, properties, where materials come from, where the materials may end up in the future. These broadened understandings of architecture are not just important to the design process, they are essential in creating a more expansive definition of what it is that architects do. The lecture will present a number of extra-territorial projects by Höweler + Yoon Architecture and the processes and products of their expanded practice.
Eric Höweler AIA, LEED AP (b. Cali, Colombia) is a registered architect with 15 years of experience in practice. He received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from Cornell University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to forming Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Eric was a senior designer at Diller + Scofidio and an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. He is the co-author of Expanded Practice, Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009) and author of Skyscraper: Vertical Now (Rizzoli/Universe Publishers in 2003).
Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP / MY Studio is a multidisciplinary practice, operating in the space between architecture, art, and landscape. They believe in an embodied experience of architecture, seeing media as material and its effects as palpable elements of architectural speculation. While their work lies at the intersection of the conceptual and the corporeal, they are committed to both the practice-of and prospects-for architecture. Engaged in projects of all scales, they are interested in the material realities and material effects of their work, testing interactions between their constructs and the larger public. HYA/MYS' multi-disciplinary projects include: architecture, planning, interiors, installations, furniture, concept clothing and artist books. HYA's work is the subject of a recent monograph entitled: Expanded Practice, Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009.
Awarded the Architecture League's Emerging Voices award and Architectural Record's Design Vanguard in 2007, HYA/MYS' projects have been exhibited and published widely. Their work has been on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. Their projects have been published and reviewed in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, Domus, The Village Voice, Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Lighting, I.D. Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Financial Times. They have lectured about their work widely both nationally and internationally.