For over twelve years, she has led study-abroad programs in Italy, first in Macerata, and currently in Vicenza. She teaches students about the spatial and social structure of towns with an emphasis on public spaces. With her husband, Professor Donald Corner, she has developed a comprehensive model for analyzing the piazza to uncover principles for designing successful urban places.
She and her husband, Donald Corner, maintain a practice designing houses, additions and renovations, on Martha’s Vineyard island. One project, the Captain Jethro Ripley House in Edgartown, Massachusetts, was published in Patterns of Home (Taunton Press, 2002).
As an architect, she has consulted on schools, hospitals, clinics and libraries, with Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC, of Eugene, Oregon. “The Paleo Project,” a plan to consolidate two public schools in Fossil, Oregon and convert the emptied building into a paleontology center, won a Place Planning Award from the Environmental Design Research Association and was featured in the journal Places in 2006. Her work with Rowell Brokaw also includes vision plans for the Oregon towns of Drain and Yoncalla, a prototype for new Head Start facilities, and the design of early childhood centers in rural Oregon. In 2008, Young received a University of Oregon Research Innovation award in honor of her community-oriented research and practice.