Jeannette Kuo is a founding partner of Karamuk * Kuo Architects based in Zurich. Established in 2010, the work of Karamuk * Kuo has focused on the intersection of spatial concepts with constructive technologies to approach architecture from its basis as a physical discipline. 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, and Architecture. Current projects include the International Sports Sciences Institute at the University of Lausanne and the Augusta Raurica Archaeological Center in Baselland. Most recently, they were nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize 2014 recognizing promising young architects.
Personal recognitions for Jeannette Kuo include a 2006 P/A Award for her research “(Infra)Structural Opportunism,” the Julia Amory Appleton Traveling Fellowship, the Peter Rice Prize in Structural Innovation, the Gerald M. McCue MBT Scholarship, and the William Stout Prize in Architectural History.
Beyond her practice, Kuo regularly contributes to the architectural discourse through her academic commitments as well as writings and 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 was the 2006 recipient of the competitive Maybeck Teaching Fellowship at UC Berkeley and 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 been a guest critic at numerous institutions such as ETH Zurich, Columbia University, 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 the Harvard GSD, and a Master of Advanced Studies from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich (ETH Zurich).