Jeannette Kuo is a founding partner of Karamuk Kuo Architects based in Zurich 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.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley, a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Master of Advanced Studies from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich (ETH Zurich). In 2006, she was the recipient of the competitive Maybeck Teaching Fellowship at UC Berkeley. Since then, she has taught at MIT and Harvard GSD, and from 2011-2014 held a visiting professorship at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). From 2016-2021 she was Assistant Professor in Practice at Harvard GSD, coordinating 3rd and 4th semester graduate studios. In addition, she has been a guest critic at numerous institutions such as ETH Zurich, Columbia University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island School of Design, Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, Pratt Institute, Hong Kong University and the University of Toronto.
Established in 2010, the work of Karamuk Kuo has focused on the intersection of spatial concepts with constructive technologies to approach architecture from its most fundamental sources. The office works on projects of a range of scales, from spatial installations and exhibitions to complex cultural projects and have been published in numerous international journals including Archithese, Werk, Bau + Wohnen, Casabella, and Architectural Review. In 2018 they were featured in a monograph by El Croquis (Issue 196). Built projects include the International Sports Sciences Institute at the University of Lausanne, the Weiden Secondary School, and the Augusta Raurica Archaeological Center in Baselland.
Holcim Foundation Academic Committee
Dezeen Awards, Emerging Practice, Shortlist
Architectural Review Moira Gemmill Prize, Shortlist
Best Architects 19 for
– International Institute for Sports Sciences and
– Weiden Secondary School
Lafarge Holcim Award for Sustainability, Acknowledgment Prize,
Europe for “Augusta Raurica Archaeological Center”
Books / Monographs (selection)
Karamuk Kuo: Works and Days, El Croquis No.196 (I).
Space of Production, ed. Jeannette Kuo, Park Books, Zurich, 2015.
A-Typical Plan, ed. Jeannette Kuo, Park Books, Zurich, 2013.
Curator, Beyond Rational, Schlieren
Co-director, Home-Room, Salon for Art and Architecture
Board member, 2AES/Center for Art and Architecture, USA