The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Harlem School of the Arts, The Herb Alpert Center. Please join designer Celia Imrey for a short tour of the newly-renovated building in advance of the program. Brief remarks and the official election of Officers and Directors will precede the Henry N. Cobb Annual Meeting Address, entitled “What’s the Matter,” to be given by J. Meejin Yoon, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University. A reception will conclude the evening.
6 p.m. Tour of Harlem School of the Arts, The Herb Alpert Center, with Celia Imrey, designer for the renovation
6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting begins: Remarks and Election of Officers and Directors, Paul Lewis, President, The Architectural League and Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director, The Architectural League
6:45 p.m. The Henry N. Cobb Annual Meeting Address, “What’s the Matter,” delivered by J. Meejin Yoon, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University
7:15 p.m. Reception
About the Annual Election of Officers and Directors
League members in good standing will receive an email with a link to cast their private ballot.
About J. Meejin Yoon
J. Meejin Yoon became Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University in 2018. Previously, she headed the Department of Architecture at MIT from 2014–2018. Yoon is a founding principal of Höweler + Yoon, a multidisciplinary architecture and design studio based in Boston and established in 2005. Among Höweler and Yoon’s many projects are the MIT Museum, the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia, and the renovation of the Rockefeller Library at Brown University. Dean Yoon was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2021; other awards include selection as an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League in 2007 (Höweler + Yoon); a Rome Prize in Design in 2005; and selection as a winner of the League Prize for Young Architects and Designers in 2002.
About the Henry N. Cobb Annual Meeting Address
The Annual Meeting Address is a commissioned lecture by a leading figure in architectural practice, education, or theory who brings a distinctive point of view to the question of what can—and should—animate architectural discourse and production now. The 2021 address was delivered by Renée Cheng, Dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. Sarah Whiting, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, delivered the 2020 address, and the inaugural address was delivered in 2019 by Milton S. F. Curry, Della & Harry MacDonald Dean of the University of Southern California School of Architecture. In 2020, the Architectural League renamed the Annual Meeting Address in honor of the distinguished architect and educator, and longtime friend of the League, Henry Nichols Cobb, who died earlier that year.
Harry Cobb was a leader of the firm now known as Pei Cobb Freed & Partners for more than 50 years. Throughout his career in practice, he also taught, including serving as studio professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1980 to 1985. The Architectural League awarded its President’s Medal to Henry Cobb in 2015 for “the truly consequential work he has created as designer, educator, thinker, writer, and leader.” The Henry N. Cobb Annual Meeting Address is inspired by all that Harry Cobb brought to architecture, and by a desire to constantly reconsider and renew the commitments and aspirations of the discipline.
About Harlem School of the Arts
Harlem School of the Arts is a cultural institution uniquely positioned at the intersection of arts, education, and social justice, empowering youth to reach their full potential through interdisciplinary arts training that celebrates the rich complexity of their community. Since its founding in 1964 by soprano Dorothy Maynor, HSA has served more than 60,000 students, offering classes in music, dance, theater, musical theater, and media & design. The school opened its permanent facility, designed by Ulrich Franzen, on St. Nicholas Avenue in 1979. In 2013, the facility was renamed the Herb Alpert Center in recognition of a major gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation. With additional support from the foundation, HSA undertook a major renovation, designed by Celia Imrey leading a diverse team, including architect of record Eric K. Daniels. Completed in 2020, the renovation creates a welcoming presence on the street with an expansive glass façade, which provides views into a substantially reconfigured performance space and public areas.