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Grace Ong Yan




    • PhD University of Pennsylvania
    • M.Arch. Yale University  
    • B.Arch. University of Texas at Austin



    • Building Brands: The Evolution of Corporate Modernism (Forthcoming book) 

    • The PSFS Building, A Companion to Twentieth Century Architecture, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015


    Recent Activities

    • President & Board member of Docomomo US/Philadelphia Chapter 2016-2018

    • Authored forthcoming essay on the PSFS Building in A Companion to Twentieth Century Architecture, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2015

    • Board Member, Docomomo Greater Philadelphia (International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement, 2015

    • Member, Society of Architectural Historians

    • “The PSFS Building: Modern Architecture by a Corporate Client” in A Companion to Twentieth Century Architecture, (Wiley-Blackwell) ed. David Leatherbarrow and Alexander Eisenschmidt, series editor Harry Francis Mallgrave, (Forthcoming, 2014).
    • “The Infinite Spontaneity of Tradition,” Wang Shu essay, 2012 Pritkzer Prize Laureate, Pritzker Prize website, http://www.pritzkerprize.com/2012/essay
    • Book Review on Buildings of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, Society of Architectural Historians Buildings of the United States Series, ed. George Thomas, in Pennsylvania History, A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, Volume 80, Number 2, Spring 2013, pp.320-321.
    • “Pritzker Prize Epilogues,” in ARCHITECT, (Chinese architectural journal) special issue on Wang Shu, November 2013.
    • “Wrapping aluminum at the Reynolds Metals Company: from Cold War consumerism to the Age of Sustainability,” in Design & Culture, Volume 4, Number 3, Theme Issue: Sustainability’s Prehistories, November 2012.
    • Top Ten Buildings,” lecture at the Barnes Foundation, 2012 & 2013
    • “The Barnes Foundation & Architecture,” lecture at the Barnes Foundation, 2010 & 2011
    • “WRAPPING- The Mutable Life of Aluminum through Reynolds’ Metals’ Marketing,” The Life of New Materials, Hagley Museum and Chemical Heritage Foundation (Wilmington, DE & Philadelphia) 2011.
    • “Work in Modern Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright & the PSFS building,” The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy 2011 Annual Conference (Philadelphia), 2011.
    • Booksigning and Lecture, Grace Ong Yan on The Pritzker Prize Laureates, Center for Architecture, Philadelphia, PA, 2010.
    • Author, ARCHITECT: The Work of the Pritzker Prize Laureates in Their Own Words (Blackdog & Levanthal Publishers, 2010).
    • DesignPhiladelphia Kick-Off 2010 Installation Design by Grace Ong Yan with King Sophophone


    Other Professional Activities or Accomplishments Information

    • Board Member, Docomomo US/ Greater Philadelphia, 2015
      (Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement)
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