Eric Höweler / Harvard Graduate School of Design

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
January 9, 2019 - 5:30pm

Eric Höweler will present a lecture titled "Signal to Noise" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9. Höweler is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His design work and research investigates the intersections between architecture and building technologies with a focus on envelopes and material systems. He is a principal of Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP (HYA). Prior to forming Höweler + Yoon Architecture in 2005, Höweler was a senior designer at Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York, and an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Höweler has been widely recognized for his innovative and interdisciplinary work. He is author of Skyscraper, Vertical Now (Rizzoli/Universe 2003) and co-author of 1,001 Skyscrapers (Princeton Architectural Press 2000). Höweler received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University with the AIA Henry Adams Certificate in 1994, a Masters of Architecture from Cornell University in 1996.

Höweler + Yoon Architecture 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, they have built a reputation for work that is formally and technologically innovative, socially engaged, and conceptually rigorous. They seek to expand the scope of design beyond disciplinary boundaries (see their book Expanded Practice), benefit from collaborations with experts in numerous fields, and have taken a hands-on approach to design and implementation. This has allowed them to do unprecedented work in atypical fields: interactive landscapes, submersible structures, stone vaulting, and media projects (they are working on a new book called Signal / Noise). 

HYA's 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. Their team is a dedicated group of 20+ architects, designers, and researchers. Their 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. 

About the Lecture

"Signal to Noise"

Architecture is a broadcast medium; a low definition form of communication, and a faint signal surrounded by an blizzard of noise. This condition of information overload, distraction and a super abundance of channels is the cultural backdrop of our lives. How can the design of the built environment communicate, create space and focus attention in the age of accelerated signals, feeds and streams? This lecture shares recent projects by HYA from memorials, to submersibles to buildings that explore these questions.