Eric Howeler

Associate Professor of Architecture

Eric Höweler, FAIA, LEED AP, is an Associate Professor in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has taught lecture courses and design studios with a focus on building technologies/integration since 2008.

Eric’s advanced design studios, which bring together students from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and urban planning, cover such topics as housing and urban architecture, climate adaptability and transit-oriented development. Eric has also coordinated the Third Semester Core Design Studio in Architecture for several semesters, working to integrate environmental and structural systems into the curriculum. He also teaches a required lecture course in the Building Technology sequence called Cases in Contemporary Construction, which focuses on advanced topics in construction and building systems. Eric was formerly the Area Head for Masters of Design Studies: Energy and Environment program (with Holly Samuelson), where he advised students on topics around energy modeling and simulations as well as environmental control systems.

Eric is co-founding Principal of Höweler + Yoon, a research-driven, multidisciplinary design studio working between architecture, art, and media. H+Y has a reputation for work that is technologically and formally innovative, and deeply informed by human experience and a sensitivity to tectonics. One of the firm’s celebrated projects is the MIT Collier Memorial, a milled granite compression structure that commemorates the life of Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in action after the Boston Marathon Bombing. The Collier Memorial has been honored with the BSA Honor Award, the American Architecture Prize, the AIA Religious Architecture Award, and has four times been a finalist for the Harleston Parker Medal. H+Y’s courtyard-exhibition hall in Chengdu, SkyCourts, has been honored by Architect Magazine, Archdaily, the Boston Society of Architects, and the European Centre for Architecture. Other recent projects include the UVA Memorial, a landform structure dedicated to enslaved laborers at the University of Virginia, 212 Stuart Street, a multi-family residential tower on Stuart Street in Boston, MA, the new MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA. Current projects include the Living Village at the Yale Divinity School, a residence hall adjacent to the historic Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, as well as the Karch Institute of Democracy at the University of Virginia.

Höweler + Yoon’s work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the 2006 Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt in New York, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and has been published and reviewed in publications including Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Domus, Arch +, Detail, Architectural Review, Architectural Digest, Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Lighting and I.D. Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post,  and The Financial Times.

Eric has authored two monographs with H+Y co-founder J. Meejin Yoon: Verify In Field: Projects and Conversations Höweler + Yoon (Park Books, 2021) and Expanded Practice (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009). Other books include Skyscraper: Vertical Now (Rizzoli/Universe Publishers, 2003); Public Works, Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig with J. Meejin Yoon and Meredith Miller (MAP Book Publishers, 2009); and 1001 Skyscrapers with J. Meejin Yoon (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000). Eric has published essays and articles in Log, Perspecta, Archis, The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Architectural Lighting, and Praxis.

Prior to forming H+Y, Eric was a Senior Designer at Diller Scofidio + Renfro and an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. He is LEED AP, and a registered architect in the states of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

Born in Cali, Colombia, Eric received his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Cornell University. He gained teaching and research experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was previously a Lecturer in Architecture.