Young-Tack Oh

Adjunct Instructor - Department of Architecture
youngtac@buffalo.edu - Hayes Hall 315 - 716-829-5900

Adjunct Instructor - Department of Architecture
youngtac@buffalo.edu - Hayes Hall 315 - 716-829-5900

Young-tack Oh headshot.

Young-Tack "YT" Oh is an architectural designer and founding member of Archipleasure. His speculative research explicates on the marginal and overlooked occurrences in contemporary urbanism— how seemingly inconsequential things form the basis of major movements and systems— and from which subversive and more playful interventions are generated. The work consistently seeks renewed interpretations of architecture that cast more inclusive ambitions and exuberant prospects for the built environment. 

His fellowship project is inspired by two concepts— Modernologio, a form of urban ethnography as set forth by Kon Wajirō and the infraordinary which Georges Perec defines as everyday occurrences, "the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary...the habitual." Employing anthropological fieldwork methods, the project will compile an archive of some of the overlooked, neglected, or forgotten forces that make up the fabric of Buffalo. 

YT received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.Arch at University of Michigan. He was the Michigan Mellon Fellow in Egalitarianism and the Metropolis at Taubman College from 2018-2021. He has taught at University of Michigan and has also led ArcPrep, a program that introduces Detroit Public School students to architecture, urbanism, and design-related fields. The program aims to empower the next generation of Detroit leaders by offering rigorous design education in a studio environment, directly engaging students with inspiring artists and creative practitioners, and offering pathways to postsecondary education in professions related to the built environment.