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Joyce Hwang is a recipient of the 2017 Urban Edge Award, a biennial prize organized by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Other Urban Edge Award recipients this year include Catie Newell, Olalekan Jeyifous, Fionn Byrne, Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, and Aleksandr Mergold.  Joyce gave a public talk at UW Milwaukee on February 17, and paired with Fionn Byrne, she co-conducted workshops on adaptive reuse in February 2017, addressing this year’s theme,  “FROM WASTE TO WONDER: Working with What Remains.” On April 15, she will participate with all recipients in a symposium at UW Milwaukee, along with keynote speaker Walter Hood, events organizer Assistant Professor Nikole Bouchard, and her students. Read more about the Urban Edge Award in the Architects’ Newspaper.


Check out this Book Review of Beyond Patronage in Canadian Architect!


Joyce participated as an panelist at MIT Architecture, in the NOMAS Power Lunch: “Women in Academia.” Other panelists included Lauren Jacobi, Caroline Jones, and Caitlin Mueller, moderated by Emily Watlington. Many thanks to the MIT Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students for the invitation!


Invited as a Guest Speaker for MORE Congress: 3rd International Conference on Gender and Architecture, Joyce presented “Architect as Advocate: Making the Case for Cross-Species Design” as part of a panel titled “MORE than Humans.” She also served on the conference’s Scientific Committee. Many thanks to Amelia Vilaplana, Serafina Amoroso, and all of the Organizing Committee for orchestrating an intense and energizing event!


Joyce Hwang presents “Untaming Architectural Typology” at Untaming the Urban, a symposium hosted by the Australian National University Fenner School for Environment and Society. Check out the blog for more on the presentations and discussions!


Joyce Hwang delivers lecture, “Architect as Advocate,” at the Rhode Island School of Design.



Though “putting out the welcome mat to other species remains a curiously radical concept,” wrote MacKinnon, it fits a Zeitgeist of enthusiasm for urban ecology and wildlife, of celebrating nature’s possibilities not only in obviously nature-y places but also in our midst. It’s also practical. After all, even when people build without thinking of animals, the critters still come: house sparrows dwell in traffic lights, raccoons in chimneys, rats and pigeons just about everywhere. So why not design with them in mind?

In doing so, habitecture offers an important corrective to other twenty-first-century environmental trends. Even as nature-mindedness goes mainstream, discussions about sustainability largely focus on renewable energy and recycling and tend to overlook animals. Joyce Hwang, an architect at the University of Buffalo and designer of bird- and bat-sheltering habitat walls, calls that habit a “gap in the logic of sustainability.”

Check out the full article on Habitecture by Brandon Keim here (and thanks Brandon for the interview!).


Joyce Hwang, Ellen Driscoll, and Mackenzie Younger led a City as Living Laboratory WALK around New York’s Chinatown. Starting from Collect Pond Park and moving through Columbus Park, the WALK focused on how this neighborhood has evolved over time, considering its precious green spaces, the evolution of its landscape, the history and persistent mythologies around waste, and the symbiotic relationship between human and non-human habitats.

Many thanks to CaLL for inviting us to participate in their Fall WALK series, and thank you to everyone who came out for this event!


Image captured by camera trap, situated in Chicago as part of Ants of the Prairie’s research on urban habitat for “Outside Design” at SAIC, Sullivan Galleries (2015).


Joyce is honored to be part of the 2016 Steedman Fellowship Jury, together with Jury Chair Mason White, Deborah Berke, Elena Cánovas, and Jeff Ryan.

The Steedman Fellowship is a $50,000 research-travel prize awarded to an emerging architect, with a degree in architecture granted within the last eight years. The theme of this year’s Call for Proposals is “Adaptation.” See here for more info. Applications are due November 1.


Joyce is featured in Pregame Magazine as a “2016 Creative MVP!”




Thank you UB Reporter and Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning for sharing our project! Read about Bower here or here.


We are excited to share that Bower, our newest installation project, has been completed! Bower is a series of architectural fragments that frame the landscape of ArtPark and host bird nesting boxes for various species. The project also features custom-designed glass ‘windows’ composed of drawings and anti bird-strike patterning.

Bower is created in partnership with Ellen Driscoll, and in collaboration with Matthew Hume. Many, many thanks to Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory and ArtPark for commissioning the work. Big thanks also to Olivia Georgia (CaLL) for administering the project, to Sonia Kozlova Clark and Tanis Winslow (ArtPark) for facilitating the installation process at ArtPark, and to the UB School of Architecture and Planning for providing space and tools for construction.

The project would not be possible without an incredible team: Contractor and construction supervisor is Matthew Hume/Hume Projects; Fabrication and installation assistants are John Costello, Olivia Arcara, John Wightman, and Casey Hume; Biology/ecology consultants are Katharina Dittmar, Ph.D and Heather Williams; Structural consultant is Mark Bajorek, P.E.; Glass fabrication is by Moon Shadow Glass Inc.

Opening on August 11!



Bower-movingBower in progress


Living on the Edge: Urban Animals at the Margins of Buildings” is published in Forty-Five, Journal of Outside Research. This piece features discussion and images of projects we created for “Outside Design” at SAIC Sullivan Galleries in the fall of 2015, as well as an insightful review by Stuart McLean. Thank you to editors Jonathan Solomon and David Hays!










Joyce was awarded a residency at the MacDowell Colony for the spring of 2016. Here is a glimpse of some of the work-in-progress from her studio.
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