Helen Binkerd Young (1877 - 1959) graduated from Cornell
University's architecture program in 1900. As a student, she won
an architectural medal and wrote and published The Lincoln
Hall Cookbook. Unable to get a job teaching architecture,
Young returned to Cornell in 1910 to teach household arts in the
Department of Home Economics. The lack of teaching jobs available
to women in architecture, coupled with the need for qualified
faculty in a young department without much money for faculty salaries,
explains in part why Young offered to teach in the Department
of Home Economics for free. In her teaching, Young drew heavily
on her training as an architect, encouraged the application of
design principles to home planning and furnishing, and thus made
a lasting impact on contemporary interior design. Young left the
Department of Home Economics in 1921, but continued her work as
an architect, designing homes both at Cornell and in Cayuga Heights
through the 1920s.
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