Tommy Yang

Tommy Yang

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Tommy is a Hmong designer, researcher, and educator whose interdisciplinary work focuses on the intersection between architecture, cartography, and ethnography. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and holds a Master of Architecture from Parsons the New School of Design with Distinction. He is a recipient of the Alpha Ro Chi Medal 2020 for Design Excellence and multiple awards. His Thesis: The Nuanced -Topia received multiple recognitions along with the NYCxDESIGN Architecture Graduates Showcase 2020 and Eileen Gray Thesis Prize.

Yang’s work focuses on collaborative design, resiliency, ethnic studies, and speculative urban futures. His methodologies include fieldwork, archival data collection, critical mapping, and oral history interviews. How can research and architectural design saturate the stories of people, the built, and the earth?

In his project 'Finding Home: A Place to Belong’ investigates the importance of home in the production of the Hmong and Hmong American identity in an inner city neighborhood of Milwaukee. His research methodologies are structured from disciplines such as ethnic studies, cultural geography, cultural studies, architectural history, public history, and cultural landscape studies.

A continuation of more of Yang's civilly engaged works are at the Buildings Landscapes and Cultures Program.

CURRENTS - Yang is investigating how Ethnography and Storytelling (the act of hearing lived realities), Cartography (the act of visualizing built realities), and Architecture (the act of manipulating realities) can become a form of agents for building equitable worlds. Along with his personal work he; is a designer at ZH Architects, Urban Systems Lab Faculty Fellow, and teaches at Parsons School of Design, School of Constructed Environments.



The New School, New York, NY, US, M.Arch

Aug 2017 - May 2020

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, Bachelors, BS.Arch

Sep 2013 - May 2017


Alpha Ro Chi Medal Award 2020, Award

Judged by the faculty of each school, the medal is presented to the graduating student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for his or her school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality.


Eileen Gray Thesis Prize - Conceptual Distinction, Award


NYCxDESIGN Architecture Graduates Showcase 2020, Award

The NYCxDESIGN Architecture Graduates Showcase 2020 celebrates the year’s best architecture projects from five of New York City’s top professional schools. Each school—The Cooper Union, Columbia University GSAPP, Parsons The New School, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, City College/Spitzer School of Architecture—convened independent juries and selected the two most compelling, provocative, and probing projects of the year to represent their programs. Congratulations to all the winning architecture graduates and their dedicated studio professors!

Enjoy the online gallery for a “first look” at each design and follow the links to see the full projects. We think you’ll agree: the next generation of architects is off to a very strong start.

- Louise Harpman, Curator NYCxDESIGN Architecture Graduates Showcase & Professor of Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainability at New York University


Department of SCE Architecture Honors Award 2020, Award


Urban Edge Design Award, Award

The Urban Edge Award is an advanced Research & Design Seminar that will bring together Students, internationally recognized Design Professionals and Local Stakeholders to develop fresh, innovative and effective design proposals at multiple scales that blur the boundaries of Art, Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism


McNair Scholar Fellowship, Other

“The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.


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