Irene HwangAssistant Chair of Architecture
Lecturer in Architecture
Irene Hwang is a lecturer and assistant chair of architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She previously was the Willard A. Oberdick Fellow at Taubman College from 2010 to 2011. In Fall 2020, she served as the Goff Chair of Creative Architecture at the University of Oklahoma's School of Architecture. She has more than 15 years of experience in architecture and design, and has worked in a variety of creative and strategic roles. Most recently, Hwang served as director of business development for the New York-based Deborah Berke Partners, where she was responsible for creating new opportunities and supporting long-standing relationships. Previously, she was the senior communications manager at Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York, director of publications and exhibitions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning, managing editor at Actar Publishers, and designer at Rafael Moneo Arquitecto. From 2008 to 2015, she was the co-founder of Constructing Communication, a graphic and editorial consultancy.
Hwang is the author of the upcoming book, Get Practiced: Turn Your Architectural Education into a Career (Routledge, 2021). Hwang has taught at Northeastern University, UIC Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and Elisava, the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture (with commendation) from Harvard University.