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Conceptual Design Podcast 

Hosted and edited by Patrick Valeri.

Episode 1: Conceptual Design of Structures with Jeannette Kuo

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 Jeannette Kuo is a founding partner of the architecture practice KARAMUK KUO based in Zurich. Established in 2010 with Ünal Karamuk, the work of the office focuses on the intersection of spatial concepts and constructive technologies, recognizing architecture as a social and material discipline.

The office works on projects of a range of scales, from schools and housing to complex cultural projects, and has been published in numerous international journals including Archithese, Werk, Bau + Wohnen, Metropolis, and Casabella. Recent projects include the International Sports Sciences Institute in Lausanne, the Augusta Raurica Archaeological Center, Weiden Secondary School, and Cham Apartments. This year they were recognized by Domus as one of the 50 best architectural firms of 2020.

Beyond her practice, Kuo regularly contributes to the architectural discourse through her academic commitments and writings, as well as participation in conferences and symposia. Her publication, “A-Typical Plan: Projects and Essays on Identity, Flexibility and Atmosphere in the Office Building,” received the 2013 Most Beautiful Swiss Book award. She regularly serves on international competition juries and most recently was European jury president for the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

In 2006, Kuo was the recipient of the competitive Maybeck Teaching Fellowship at UC Berkeley as well as an award for her research project “(Infra)Structural Opportunism.”  Since then, she has also taught at MIT, and from 2011 to 2014 held a visiting professorship at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). In addition, she has lectured and had been a guest critic at numerous institutions such as ETH Zurich, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, Pratt Institute, Hong Kong University, and the University of Toronto.

Kuo received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley, a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard, and a Master of Advanced Studies from ETH Zurich.


This episode was recorded on the 4th december 2021, in Zürich, Switzerland

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