UCLA Architecture and Urban Design has announced award-winning Austrian designer Julia Koerner as the recipient of the Charles Moore Traveling Studio Award. The award was established in 2004 to honor architect Charles Moore for his “exemplary commitment to teaching and to honor his belief in the unique importance of the study of place to the practice of architecture”.
Koerner is no stranger to innovation and its influences in 3D printing, manufacturing, fashion design, architecture, and academia. In 2019, Archinect reached out to her for an in-depth interview to learn more about her design practice, JK Design GmbH, her path to architecture, and her expertise in 3D printing applications. As an adjunct assistant professor in UCLA’s AUD program, she also directs the school’s AUD summer programs as director.
Hybrid Holism Dress – 3D printed in collaboration with IVH & Materialise. Image courtesy of Julia Koerner
For this award, Koerner was shortlisted for her research studio, “Fit for the Future: 3D Printed Sustainable Building Skins.” The studio investigates future applications of architecture through fashion and building skins that “act as multifunctional and performative 3D printed materials”.
The studio aims to reinvent design renovations through the use of wearable skins for buildings. The research hopes to focus on “disenfranchised communities, who are often the most affected by extreme weather and climate.” The studio invokes the United Nations Environment Program and the UN’s belief that a sustainable future requires a transition from current linear, extractive and toxic construction. practices and towards circular, biobased and renewable materials and methods.”
SUPERAEROROBOSPATIAL MOVEMENT: Led by Greg Lynn and Julia Koerner, UCLA SUPRASTUDIO 2013/2014. Image courtesy of UCLA AUD
3D printed Venus dress by Julia Koerner (2016). Photograph by Sophie Kirchner. Image courtesy of UCLA AUD.
With this award, Koerner and his students will continue their research on AUD by traveling to Vienna during the winter of 2023. While abroad, the students will visit various historical buildings and digital fabrication sites. This also includes connecting with 3D printing specialists who work with concrete and other sustainable building materials.
“The scale of wearable skins allows us to explore geometries, innovative materials, and emerging technologies and create applied research on a micro-scale,” Koerner said. “In many ways, I see the opportunity that this research can be applied on a larger scale.”
SETAE Stratasys by Julia Koerner (2019). Photograph by Ger Ger. Image courtesy of UCLA AUD.
In a 2021 interview with Archinect, Koerner shared his thoughts on teaching at UCLA and interacting with students. “What I love about UCLA is that I have the freedom to teach students within the framework of architecture, but there is always room for them to look beyond that. who is in front of them. […] I want to challenge their thoughts and designs beyond architecture.”
Julia Koerner Collaboration with costume designer Ruth Carter Black Panther. Photograph courtesy of Marvel Disney (2018). Image courtesy of UCLA AUD.
Koerner attended Vienna University of Applied Arts (Angewandte) and the Architectural Association where she holds a Masters in Architecture and an MSC degree in Emerging Technologies and Design. In addition to his work in academia, Koerner’s work has been featured at the Met, the Arts Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and the Museum of Applied Arts. MAK from Vienna, to name a few.
She has worked with scholars and designers such as Greg Lynn, Mark Foster Gage and Ross Lovegrove. She has also collaborated with several top fashion designers, such as haute couture designer Iris van Herpen and was part of the Oscar-winning costume design team for Black Panther, led by Hollywood costume designer Ruth Carter.
Learn more about Koerner and his work at UCLA here.
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