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JAN ULMER IS A LICENSED ARCHITECT WITH MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN PRACTICING ARCHITECTURE. IN 2007 HE FOUNDED THE BERLIN- BASED STUDIO JAN ULMER ARCHITECTS. JAN ULMER ARCHITECTS DESIGN PROJECTS THAT RANGE IN SCALE FROM PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN URBAN CONTEXTS TO FURNITURE DESIGN. THE FIRM HAS REALIZED SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT RESIDENTIAL COMMISSIONS, EXHIBITION DESIGNS AND BUILDING CONVERSIONS. CURRENT WORKS INCLUDE A MULTI FAMILY RESIDENCE IN SWITZERLAND AND ARTIST STUDIOS IN BERLIN.
JAN ULMER ARCHITECTS HAVE BEEN HONORED WITH SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS. THE TEAM WON PRIZES IN SIGNIFICANT DESIGN- BUILD COMPETITIONS, NOTABLY THE FIRST PRIZE IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR THE 2010 GERMAN PAVILION IN INDIA AND MOST RECENTLY AN HONORABLE MENTION FOR A MUSEUM OF MIGRATION IN GERMANY. THESE SUCCESSES HAVE EARNED ULMER INVITATIONS TO JURY WELL-RECOGNIZED NATIONAL COMPETITIONS.
AS A VISITING PROFESSOR FROM 2014 TO 2018 JAN ULMER TAUGHT GRADUATE DESIGN STUDIOS AND SEMINARS AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SAINT LOUIS. 2013 HE TAUGHT EXHIBITION DESIGN AT THE KARLSRUHE UNIVERSITY OF ARTS AND DESIGN. FROM 2007 TO 2011 HE WAS A LECTURER AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITY HANNOVER AT THE INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND BUILDING TYPOLOGY. THERE HE CO- DEVELOPED THE COURSE CURRICULUM AND TAUGHT UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDIOS ALONG WITH DEGREE PROJECTS AND VARIOUS SEMINARS.
AFTER FINISHING HIS BACHELOR IN ARCHITECTURE AT ETH ZURICH AND GRADUATING WITH HIS MASTERS IN ARCHITECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS IN BERLIN 2001, ULMER WORKED FOR SIX YEARS AS A PROJECT ARCHITECT WITH KUEHN MALVEZZI. THERE HE DIRECTED LARGE SCALE PROJECTS SUCH AS THE FRIEDRICH FLICK COLLECTION BERLIN AND THE JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION DUSSELDORF, WHICH WAS NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD.
JAN ULMER ARCHITECTS UNDERSTAND ARCHITECTURE AS A CONTEXTUAL CONSTRUCT. THE COHERENCE BETWEEN ALL PARTS OF A BUILDING IS MOST IMPORTANT TO THEM. THE FOCUS LIES ON THE SPATIAL RELATIONS THROUGH ALL THE SCALES- FROM THE INTERIORITY OF A BUILDING TO THE EXTERIOR AND BACK. THE MAIN CONCERN IS THE PHYSICAL SPACE AND ITS INTERACTION WITH USERS. THE GOAL IS TO CREATE AN ARCHITECTURE THAT SERVES AS A STAGE, OPEN AND STRONG ENOUGH TO BE INHABITED AND ACTED ON IN MULTIPLE SCENARIOS. THE OFFICE IS INTERESTED IN THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN ART AND ARCHITECTURE AND THE STRATEGIES THESE DISCIPLINES SHARE.