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Michael Young

Assistant Professor

Michael Young is an architect and educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Young & Ayata was awarded one of two first prizes in the international competition for the New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. They were the recipients of the Young Architects Prize from Architectural League of New York, finalists in the 2015 MoMA YAP Program in Istanbul, Turkey and their entry for the Dalseong Citizen's Gymnasium in South Korea received an honorable mention. A book length manifesto titled "The Estranged Object: Realism in Art and Architecture", written by Michael was published in the Spring of 2015 by the Graham Foundation. Recently, the firm's work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art-New York, the Istanbul Modern, the Graham Foundation, SCI-Arc and Princeton University.

Michael has taught design studios and seminars at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Syracuse, Pratt, and Innsbruck University. In addition to practice and teaching, Michael is invested in writing and research in relation to the confluence of geometry, representation, and aesthetics.

Michael earned his MArch II degree from Princeton University and his BArch from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.

View Michael Young's CV here.


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