Dukho Yeon was named Associate Partner in 2005 of Richard Meier & Partners. During his twenty years at the firm, he has served as a principal designer, managing and directing teams on projects ranging from houses to museums, hotels, high-rise office buildings and urban design.
Mr. Yeon´s rigorous design process has yielded a rich array of acclaimed work. His contribution to the firm´s creative portfolio spans across the globe including Pankrac Master Plan, City Tower and City Point in Prague, Canon Headquarters in Tokyo, and the Jubilee Church in Rome; and he is currently the Partner in charge of projects in Prague, Bergamo, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Tokyo, Mexico City, Riviera Maya, Bodrum, the Caribbean, and Teachers Village in Newark. i.Lab in Bergamo, Italy and City Green Court in Prague, Czech Republic will attain the first LEED Platinum certification in each country and will be benchmarks for sustainable design in Europe.
Upon joining the firm in 1989, among many key design roles, he was the Project Architect for the History of Art and Arts Library at Yale University, Museum of Ethnology, Frankfurt, Germany, and Canary Wharf DS-4 Offices, London, England. He was also responsible for competition proposals for Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, Royal Palaces in Dubai, Con Edison East River mixed-use development, New York City, and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
Mr. Yeon received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1989 and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. He received the highest honors and recognition from both universities including the Seipp Memorial Prize for outstanding thesis and Clifton Beckwith Brown Medal for highest cumulative achievement in design at Cornell University. He has given lectures in Europe and in Asia on the firm?s constant vs evolving design philosophies with case studies of current work on the boards. He has been a visiting critic and juror at Cornell University, Columbia University, Harvard University, and the City College of New York. He is a registered architect in New York State and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Richard Meier is well known and respected around the world for his architecture and designs. He has been awarded major commissions in the United States and Europe including courthouses, city halls, museums, corporate headquarters, housing and private residences. Some of his best-known projects include The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Frankfurt Museum for Decorative Arts in Germany, the Canal Plus Television Headquarters in Paris, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, and the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana.
Recognized with the highest honors available in architecture, in 1997 he received the AIA Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects as well as the Praemium Imperiale from the Japanese Government, in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the arts. In 1995, he was elected Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Deutscher Architekture Preis in 1993 and in 1992 the French Government awarded him with the honor of Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1989, the Royal Institute of British Architects, of which he is a Fellow, awarded him the Royal Gold Medal.
In 1984, Mr. Meier was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, considered the field's highest honor. He was the youngest recipient of this award in the history of the prize. In the same year, Mr. Meier was selected architect for the prestigious commission to design the $1 billion Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.
Since receiving his architectural education at Cornell University, he has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Naples, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute and the University of Bucharest.
Mr. Meier has given numerous lectures throughout the world and participated in many juries. He has written and been the subject of many books and monographs and innumerable newspaper and magazine articles. In addition to being on the Board of Directors of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the American Academy in Rome, he is also a Fellow of the French and Belgian Academies d'Architecture, and a member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten and the American Academy of Arts & Letters, from which he received the Brunner Prize for Architecture in 1976.
Mr. Meier has taught at Cooper Union, Princeton University, Pratt Institute, Harvard University, Yale University and UCLA. He currently holds the Frank T. Rhodes Class of 1956 University Professorship at Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and received a Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter in 1980 and the Gold Medal from the Los Angeles Chapter in 1998. His numerous design awards include 29 National AIA Honor Awards and 53 Regional AIA Design Awards.