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Rather than wishing for a dream proj-
ect, Yoon wishes for dream clients, patrons
who do not know what they want but know
to what they aspire. Potential clients often
“come to me looking for something I have
already done,” she says, “but I want new
One such opportunity was an invita-
tion to design the memorial to Sean Collier,
the MIT policeman killed on April 18, 2013,
by the Boston Marathon bombers. This
five-way vaulted construction of 3 2 pieces
of dark Virginia stone required new skills
involving complicated robotic carving. The
memorial was also “very hard, emotion-
ally,” says Yoon, who worked with a com-
mittee that included members of the slain
officer’s family and another campus police-
man. The Colliers initially hoped an Amer-
ican flag and water would be integrated into
the memorial, but Yoon, who says she was
committed to a process that was “thor-
ough, caring, and deep,” diplomatically
“weaned them away from the literal.”
Höweler + Yoon’s third-floor office in
Boston’s Leather District is full of mock-ups
of the firm’s eclectic efforts. This appealing bertolacustom.com 781-975-1809