Jeannette Kuo


Bethune Lecture

Jeannette Kuo is co-founding partner of Zurich-based KARAMUK KUO and Professor of Architecture and Construction at TU Munich. Her research and work focus on integrated design, looking at structures, climate, and culture in the holistic design of buildings.

From multi-unit housing to cultural infrastructures like the Augusta Raurica Archaeological Center, the work of the office spans across scales and typologies, operating at the intersection of spatial concepts and constructive technologies to approach architecture from its most fundamental sources.

Built works include the International Sports Sciences Institute in Lausanne, the Weiden Secondary School, and House on a Slope. Publications include the two-volume research on workspace typologies: A-Typical Plan (2013) and Space of Production (2015), as well as the recent El Croquis 196 monograph on Karamuk Kuo.

Wednesday, March 6

6-7:30 p.m. | 403 Hayes

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Jeannette Kuo and Ünal Karamuk, headshot by Jesse Winter.

Principal, KARAMUK KUO; Professor of Architecture and Construction, TU Munich. Jeannette Kuo, photo credit: Angelika Annen.

Kuo received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley, a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Master of Advanced Studies from ETH Zurich. Prior to the Professorship at TUM, Kuo has taught at Harvard GSD, EPF Lausanne, MIT, and UC Berkeley.

Architecture has traditionally been designed as fixed objects where the responsibility of the architect ends with the handover of the keys. Today, given the ecological crises we face, it is critical that we reconsider how our buildings evolve over time and how they contribute to a broader understanding of our material resources, climate, and culture. If where we come from is also what we inherit, origins is not only about the sources of our designs but also about the way in which we consider buildings as part of an environmental heritage and a material depository.