J. Meejin Yoon’s FloatLab

2017 Mellon Faculty Grant Recipient

Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Floatlab, 2022. Courtesy of höweler + yoon.
Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Floatlab, 2022. Courtesy of höweler + yoon.
Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Floatlab Site Plan, 2022. Courtesy of höweler + yoon.
Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Floatlab, 2022. Courtesy of höweler + yoon.

A platform for engagement with the environment


As a CAST Mellon Fellow for 2017-18, J. Meejin Yoon who was a professor of architecture at the time, worked on her FloatLab project. Sited within the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, FloatLab is an educational platform to study and observe the transforming urban waterway.

Yoon led an interdisciplinary team of researchers, engineers, and environmental scientists to explore how cities like Philadelphia are revitalizing their riverfronts and learning from urban river ecologies.


Past Events

CAST Faculty Mellon Fellow Presentations and Active Matter Book Launch
Thursday, September 28, 2017 / 6:00pm
MIT Lecture Hall 10-250
222 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Join us for a preview of new faculty work in development through CAST Mellon Foundation grants:

  • FloatLab work-in-progress by J. Meejin Yoon, Professor, Architecture

  • Lightweaver work-in-progress by Azra Akšamija, Associate Professor, ACT

  • Active Matter (MIT Press) book launch with intro by editor Skylar Tibbits, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Co-founder of the Self-Assembly Lab

A book party with refreshments will follow the lectures.


Philadelphia Mural Arts is acting as collaborator and client for FloatLab with support from the William Penn Foundation.

Floatlab was also awarded an MIT CAU grant, as well as an honorable mention for the 2018 Progressive Architecture awards through Architect Magazine.

About the Contributors

J. Meejin Yoon is an architect, designer and educator. She is a professor and head of the department of Architecture at MIT. Yoon is the co-founder of Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP and MY Studio. Awarded the 2015 New Generation Design Leadership Award by Architectural Record, the Audi Urban Futures Award in 2012, the United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design in 2008, Architecture Record’s Design Vanguard Award in 2007, the Architecture League’s Emerging Voices Award in 2007, and the Rome Prize in Design in 2005, Yoon’s work has been widely recognized for its innovative and interdisciplinary nature. Her design work and research investigates intersections between architecture, technology and public space.

Yoon is the author of Expanded Practice: Projects by Höweler + Yoon and MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009), Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig (MAP Book Publishers 2008), and Absence, a World Trade Center Memorial artist book (Printed Matter and the Whitney Museum of Art 2003). Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum 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 Institut Valencia d’Art Modern in Spain and the National Art Center in Tokyo.

Yoon received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University with the AIA Henry Adams Medal in 1995, a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University in 1997 and a Fulbright Fellowship to Korea in 1998.

Her current research interests are: Architecture; Urbanism; Design; Public Space; Transportation.