Young holds a Master of Architecture from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to teaching at the University of Michigan, he has also taught in the Architecture Program at UC Berkeley, in the Summer Institute for Architecture at The Catholic University of America, and was a Visiting Professor at the Schwerpunkt Holz in Murau, Austria, an international architecture workshop.
Young teaches graduate level design studios and a graduate seminar on contemporary American urbanism, entitled SUB: situation urbanism bigbox. From 2008 to 2012, Young taught and coordinated the Master of Science Design Research (MS_DR) program. A two-semester, post professional program, the MS_DR explored the affiliations between institutions, urban territory, and contemporary digital culture. Students in the program pursued independent design research within a studio and seminar based curriculum that foregrounded cultural and architectural ideation while positing studio engagement as a research protocol. From 2000 to 2010, Young served as the coordinator of the Architecture Thesis Sequence at Taubman College, developing the Sequence from an option within the graduate curriculum to a requirement for all Master of Architecture candidates.
A licensed Builder, Young was co-founder and partner of WETSU, a design+build practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 2000 to 2006. WETSU received an Honorable Mention in ID Magazine’s Design Review in 2001, was recognized by Wallpaper* magazine as one of twenty-five notable emerging practices worldwide in 2003, received an Honor Award from Contract Magazine in 2005, and was awarded a 2006 Michigan AIA Award. In 2006, WETSU also mounted an exhibition of recent projects at Edge-Studio in Pittsburgh, at the Taubman College Gallery in Ann Arbor, and at the Elmaleh Gallery at the University of Virginia. In 2007, Young initiated YARD, an independent construction studio and design practice based in Ann Arbor. YARD trades size for involvement, and thinks twice about it.