Ian Younhak has more than fifteen years of experience in architectural practice. He graduated from Korea University (Seoul, Korea) with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and started his career as a stage set designer. He continued his education at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) for a Master’s degree with scholarships in Architecture (March II) and a minor in Scenic Design.
Ian Younhak worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York for over nine years following graduation. At KPF, he worked on domestic and international projects ranging from small interior projects to supertall towers. His area of expertise included massing, facade design, and the aesthetic and technical issues of high-rises.
Ian Younhak is a registered architect in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and he is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as well as a NCARB certificate holder. He has been published in the international design magazine ‘bob’ for his writings on space and stage set design. He was invited by Korean Cultural Service New York as an architectural advisor for New York Korea Center, and was a jury for d3 Natural Systems competition. His artworks, including prints, acrylic paintings, watercolors, and drawings, have been exhibited at several galleries in Korea.
As a principal at HAAK architects, Younhak is currently supervising all design from furniture details to that of a 700-unit residential building. He consistently seeks ways to implement ‘true’ efficiency and ‘true’ innovation in the architectural practice and to intuitionally touch people’s sensibility through visual language.