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Julia Koerner

Associate Adjunct Professor and Director, Summer Programs

Julia Koerner is an award-winning Austrian designer, innovator, and pioneer in 3D printing, with exemplary cross-disciplinary work across architecture, fashion, and products. Koerner has been sought after for collaborations that include 3D-printed costumes with Ruth E. Carter for Marvel's Black Panther and Wakanda Forever, earning two Academy Awards for costume design. Prior to that, she collaborated with Iris Van Herpen and Chanel on 3D-printed Haute Couture garments. Furthermore, she has developed research on innovative uses of 3D printing with Swarovski, Stratasys, and Materialise. She is internationally recognized for design innovation in 3D printing.

Koerner's work has been acquired and exhibited at institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET), the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the MOMU in Antwerp, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Museum of Applied Arts MAK Vienna, and Ars Electronica. Her designs have been featured in National Geographic magazine, Vice, Wired, Dezeen, Architectural Digest, Metropolis, and the New York Times. Her peer-reviewed architectural research has been published in Springer Construction Journal, Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design, Acadia Conference, and AAE Conference, among others. In 2019 ARCHINECT named Julia Koerner "Architecture’s Queen of 3D Fabrication”.

Koerner is the founder of JK Design and recently launched the brand JK3D in LA and Vienna, focused on iconic, sustainable, and innovative 3D-printed installations, fashion, and home decor products. Her design work constantly embodies a beautiful organic aesthetic and leverages the unique capabilities of architectural design processes and digital fabrication to their fullest potential.

Born in Salzburg, Austria, Koerner received master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Architectural Association in London. She is based in Los Angeles and Vienna, and has previously practiced in London and New York and held academic appointments at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Lund University in Sweden and the Architectural Association Visiting Schools in France and Jordan. Koerner has been a faculty member at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design since 2012 and teaches graduate design studios, building construction and research studios. Since 2021, she has directed the UCLA AUD Summer Programs TeenArch and JumpStart.

Related topics
Technology, Material Assembly
Related Links
  • JK Design GmbH
  • Education
    MSc. Emtech, Architectural Association, London, UK
    Mag.Arch, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
    2023 Highly Commended, TCT Awards for 3D Printing, UK
    2022 Recipient, UCLA AUD Charles Moore Traveling Studio award
    2022 Recipient, Kyoto Global Design Award, Japan
    2022 Recipient, 3D Pioneers Challenge, Germany
    2022 Finalist, Phoenix Award, Austria
    2021 Recipient Red Dot Design Award
    2020 Recipient World Omosiroi Award, Osaka Knowledge Capital, Japan
    2020 Finalist US-A-Biz Award, Austrian Trade Commision Los Angeles, USA
    2019 Recipient Re-Fream, European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Austria
    2018 Finalist, World Technology Award in Design category, World Technology Network, New York City, USA
    2018 Recipient, WIKARUS AWARD Economic Chamber, Salzburg, Austria
    2015 Recipient, Los Angeles AIA LA Design Merit Award for 2x8 Evolve - Cellular Complexity
    2014 Recipient, Global 3D Printshow Award “Rising Star”, London, UK
    2014 Winner 2x8 AIA/LA, A+D Museum, Los Angeles
    2013 TEXFAB Skin Finalist, Acadia Conference, Toronto, Canada
    2012 Architektur-Preis Land-Salzburg Scholarship, Austria
    2010 MAK Schindler Scholarship, architect in residence program, Los Angeles
    2010 Nominated for Archiprix International Hunter Douglas Award, MIT Cambridge
    2010 TISCHE Scholarship, BMUKK-Austrian Federal Ministry of Culture and Arts
    2003 Scholarship International Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria
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