Tommy Yang

Tommy Yang

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Tommy Yang is a first year candidate in the Masters of Architecture program at The New School. His research focuses on the histories and theories of collaborative design and ethnic studies. 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.



Hmong Diaspora Program, Milwaukee, WI, US, Ethnographer

- Conducted ethnographic research on the Hmong population
- Organized community events and talent showcases
- Produced an academic paper for publish

Aug 2016 - Jul 2017

SARUP Undergraduate Research Program, Milwaukee, WI, US, Architectural Research Assistant/ Independent Researcher

- Conducted ethnographic research in relation to how design can design act as an agent for
social change []
- Created historical As-Built drawings of inner-city homes
- Explored multi-media representations which enabled the communication of technical themes of public interest design []
- Designed and co-curated community engaged exhibitions
- Worked jointly with professionals such as Quorum Architects in a studio setting
- Curated radio documentaries []
- Produced monographs and an academic paper for publish

Aug 2014 - Jul 2017

break form design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Intern

- Worked with designers to create as-built building elevations and plans
- Submitted and gathered construction drawings from the city planning division
- Created construction drawings using CAD
- Sat in on client meeting presentations

Apr 2017 - Apr 2017


Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, M.Arch

Aug 2017 - current

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

Sep 2013 - May 2017


McNair Scholar Fellowship, Grant

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is an intensive fellowship program that allows for undergraduate students to immerse themselves into leading edge research in their disciplines.


Urban Edge Design Award, 1st Place

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.


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