Cullinan Visiting Chair


Ünal Karamuk is a cofounding partner of Karamuk Kuo Architects based in Zurich. He studied at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. From 2009-2012 he taught at the ETH Zurich as a studio instructor in the first year architectural design course with Prof. Christian Kerez. In addition, he has been a guest critic at numerous institutions such as Bilgi University, Hochschule Luzern, and ZHAW.
Established in 2010 with Jeannette Kuo, 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. 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, a project that was awarded the Holcim Prize for Sustainable Construction in 2017. They are currently working on the new Cannady Hall building for the extension of the Rice School of Architecture.
Beyond the practice, Karamuk serves on professional juries for awards and competitions, including most recently for the Best of Architecture awards and the Borrweg Primary School competition.
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