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Jieun Yang is a New York-based architect and educator.  She is the principal of Habitat Workshop, an architecture and urban design practice promoting design as a framework for positive change through cross-disciplinary collaboration, research, and public engagement.  Her work explores architecture, infrastructure, and everyday desire through the lens of social, economic, political, and cultural influences.  Prior to founding the office, she has worked with SOM, 1100 Architect, and BKSK Architects on a wide range of projects including private homes, multi-family housing, and corporate offices.  Her interest in urban infrastructure and network expanded during her time at SOM’s Transportation Lab where she was involved in projects such as LaGuardia Airport Masterplan, Delta-JFK Terminal 4, Moynihan Station, and Mumbai’s International Airport.

In 2008, Jieun was selected as the winner of SOM Prize in Architecture, Design, and Urban Design and embarked on a travel research investigating various forms of suburbia in Sweden, France, China, and Japan.  In response to the sub-prime mortgage plaguing unsustainable growth of America’s suburbs, the project captured suburb’s relationship to urban expansion and global influence through consequences of demographic shift and borrowed formalism.  Currently, she is working on a project on decaying post-Soviet industrial cities as the recipient of LeBrun Travel Fellowship.  The research expands beyond historical implications of the Soviet’s Five Year Plan and its eventual fall with a search for recent renewal efforts.  Parallel study of American Rust Belt cities will connect the two vastly different regions through their similar concerns on environmental, social, and economic sustainability. 

Jieun holds B.A. in architecture from Yale University and M.Arch from Columbia University’s GSAPP.  She maintains an active academic role as an adjunct assistant professor at CUNY City Tech and a lecturer at Parsons the New School for Design.  She is licensed in the state of New York, NCARB-certified for licensing in other states, and LEED certified.    

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