Published Julia Koerner, Greg Lynn

Photographer 'Ger Ger for SCHÖN'

Greg Lynn’s 42-foot carbon fiber trimaran boat and Julia Koerner’s 3D-printed Kelp jacket are both featured in Wired’s article “Amazing Things Architects make when they aren’t architecting” by Sam Lubell.

NOTHING IN ARCHITECTURE happens quickly. Designing a building takes ages, and actually building it longer still. That can frustrate architects, who have an almost compulsive need to design and create. Many of them turn to fields as diverse as filmmaking and boatbuilding to spur creativity, develop ideas, and hone skills. It helps that they’re already good at three-dimensional thinking and digital manipulation. “If you pull yourself away, it opens your mind to new things,” says Pilar Proffitt of Poesis, and architecture firm that also designs, ahem, architectural furniture.

Architecture and fashion share a focus on structure, proportion, and style, so it’s only natural that an architect like Julia Koerner would be a natural at designing clothing. Her 3D-printed clothing and collaborations with haute couture designers weave fabric, plastic, and silicon to create ornate, sexy styles that bring to mind flora and fauna. Several works incorporate scanned natural artifacts, like kelp found on the beach in Malibu for Kelp Jacket.  

Los Angeles architect Greg Lynn loves sailing, and saw his passion for the sport as an opportunity to work with composite materials. He designed a 42-foot carbon fiber trimaran, and enjoyed it so much he plans to make a business of it. “I used to think that aerospace was a great place to focus my research, but it became clear that racing boats were more interesting and more affordable,” says Lynn.