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Mahogany slats line the Davol Loft's courtyard.

15 Young Firms to Watch: Howeler + Yoon Architecture, Boston

15 Young Firms to Watch: Howeler + Yoon Architecture, Boston

  • The firm's design for the Cliff Street House in Ithaca, N.Y.

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    The firm's design for the Cliff Street House in Ithaca, N.Y.

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    The firm's design for the Cliff Street House in Ithaca, N.Y.

  • Cliff Street House overlooks a wooded gorge.

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    Cliff Street House overlooks a wooded gorge.

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    Cliff Street House overlooks a wooded gorge.

  • The Davol Loft in Boston combines two existing apartments into one.

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    The Davol Loft in Boston combines two existing apartments into one.

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    The Davol Loft in Boston combines two existing apartments into one.

  • The architects removed a bathroom and replaced it with an 8-by-8-foot courtyard.

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    The architects removed a bathroom and replaced it with an 8-by-8-foot courtyard.

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    The architects removed a bathroom and replaced it with an 8-by-8-foot courtyard.

  • The courtyard opens up to the sky and brings light deep into the loft.

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    The courtyard opens up to the sky and brings light deep into the loft.

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    The courtyard opens up to the sky and brings light deep into the loft.

  • Translucent, acid-etched glass surrounds the loft's bathtub and showers, allowing these spaces to serve as light sources within the loft.

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    Translucent, acid-etched glass surrounds the loft's bathtub and showers, allowing these spaces to serve as light sources within the loft.

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    Translucent, acid-etched glass surrounds the loft's bathtub and showers, allowing these spaces to serve as light sources within the loft.

  • Meejin Yoon and Eric H¶weler work out of an office in an 1893 building in downtown Boston.

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    Meejin Yoon and Eric H¶weler work out of an office in an 1893 building in downtown Boston.

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    Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler work out of an office in an 1893 building in downtown Boston.

 

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Pigeonholing Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler, AIA, LEED AP, seems downright impossible—and that’s exactly how they want it. “We’re all over the place,” Höweler says of the project types their firm, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, designs. The married, Boston-based duo has worked on public spaces, commercial interiors, houses, institutional buildings, and more, throwing themselves into researching each commission. “When a project seems challenging or interesting in some way, we say yes,” Yoon explains.

Höweler and Yoon met as undergraduates at Cornell, and their different backgrounds contribute to their diverse practice. Höweler grew up in Colombia and Thailand, and worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox and Diller + Scofidio (now Diller Scofidio + Renfro) before joining forces with Yoon, a Seoul, Korea, native raised in the United States. Yoon’s work experience at Dean/Wolf Architects sparked her interest in residential design. “I love residential because you can get really, really fine-scaled,” she says. “It’s a very intimate type of work.” She and Höweler have just completed a house in Arlington, Va., and are working on a multiphased single-family renovation in Boston.

The couple and their 19-month-old daughter live in a downtown Boston loft, just a block from their office. Both teach part time, which Höweler says informs their architecture: “Teaching does keep us on our toes, I think, in the practice.”

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years in practice: 7 / projects completed in 2011: 4 / firm size: 4 / areas of interest:
commercial, residential, planning, institutional, public art