Ethan Hop, a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is the 2020 Kompas Fellow. As an emerging design professional, Ethan has identified inequities that exist in today’s civic spaces. It was this keen attention to detail that sparked Ethan’s interest in developing design strategies that focus on improved city landscapes.
Throughout his fellowship, Ethan will research the Chicago-based ‘mega-developments’ currently proposed that seek to form entirely new neighborhoods and city centers. He will analyze the success factors involved in thriving built landscapes and will work to identify the challenges faced by uninhabited civic spaces. Ethan plans to coalesce themes from these proposed and built spaces in order to formulate design approaches that shift the narrative of private urban development thereby creating civic spaces of greater social, cultural, and fiscal equity.
Ethan will gain first-hand industry experience as a design studio team member. Contributing to Myefski Architects’ urban-based projects will help support Ethan’s exploration and investigation during his tenure with the firm as an Architectural Intern.