B.A., New York University
M.ArchH., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Specialization: Modern American and European Architecture
Young’s research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture, with special interests in mid-twentieth-century sacred space and the work of Frank Gehry. Her manuscript in progress on Marcel Breuer and Saint John's Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota (1953-1961) explores modern religious space as does her recent article on the mid-century church in the 150th anniversary volume of Saint John's Abbey and University. Young's work has focused on religious architecture; she wrote her Master's thesis on Mount Saint Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire, England, a monastic design by the nineteenth-century English architect, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. This project focused on the international aspects of Pugin's design, both architecturally and ideologically.,
The gift of the Winton Guest House to the University of St. Thomas has led Young to analyze it and its place in the work of architect, Frank Gehry, through a permanent exhibit in the house.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications
Marcel Breuer's Saint John's Abbey Church: A New Vision for Liturgical Architecture. Book under current contract with the University of Minnesota Press.
“The House as Art.” Exhibit for the Winton Guest House museum at the Gainey campus of St. Thomas. Fall 2011.
“Frank Gehry: From Architect to Icon.” St. Thomas Magazine 27 no. 2 (Spring 2011) http://www.stthomas.edu/news/category/publications/st-thomas-magazine/2011-spring/
"The Design and Construction of Saint John's Abbey Church, 1953-1961" in Saint John's at 150: This Place called Collegeville (Liturgical Press and Saint John's University Press, 2006).
“Monasticism and Modernity: St. John's Abbey Church and Marcel Breuer." Casabella vol. 67 no. 715 (October 2003): 28-39.
"A. W. N. Pugin's Mount Saint Bernard Abbey: The International Character of England's Nineteenth-Century Monastic Revival" in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, February 2002 (http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org/articles/youn.html).
Recent and Forthcoming Presentations
Shaping Catholic Liturgy in the Mid-Century Concrete Church. Forthcoming at the Society of Architectural Historians, Buffalo, NY, April 2013.
How does Monastic Architecture of the Mid-Twentieth Century Reflect Gender? Forthcoming at the American Catholic Historical Association annual meeting, January 5, 2012.
Frank Gehry's Domestic Building in New Orleans – Regional Starchitecture? Forthcoming at the Louisiana Studies Conference, Natchitoches, LA, September 22, 2012.
Catholic Monastic Architecture and Gender: Marcel Breuer and the Benedictines of Saint John’s Abbey and Annunciation Priory. Modern Catholic Space conference, London, England, December 9-10, 2011.
Frank Gehry’s Winton Guest House: Design, Build, and Relocate? Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Meeting, St. Louis, MO, March 31-April 4, 2010.
Creating Modern Liturgical Space: Breuer and the Benedictines at Saint John’s. Paper delivered at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, April 2007.
Architecture in Motion: Creating a History of Kinetic Structures. Session chair, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA, April 2006.
Designing the First Abbey Church of St. John the Baptist in Collegeville, Minnesota: 19th-Century Connections to King Ludwig I, Green Bay's Cathedral, and Assumption Church in St. Paul. Paper given at the 40th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, September 30, 2005, in Eau Claire, WI.
March 2011-2014: Director, National Board of the Society of Architectural Historians
Summer 2009: Organizer and Speaker: No More Secrets: Victorian Art andCulture. MN Humanities Commission educator’s workshop. http://minnesotahumanities.org/Videos.aspx
October 2006-present: Member of the state of Minnesota's Historic Review Board for designation of National Register properties
July 2005: Appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to a seat on the Governor's Residence Council. Currently secretary of the Council and member of the Greening Initiative.
2003-2010: Director and former President, the Board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians