Adrianne Joergensen is a designer who researches the human fascination with landscape through an architectural lens. As part of ‘Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn.’ a multi-disciplinary traveling research project based at the ETH Zürich Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore, she researched the active volcanoes of Java, Indonesia, as very large architectural objects. As examples of paper architecture, the drawings of nineteenth-century explorers like Junghuhn and Humboldt were evocative of and yet worlds apart from the places they represented. Her drawings expand on their work through experimentation with multiple planes of representation to relate the volcano's activity and morphology to the various modes of human occupancy. The resulting 'Volcanarium' series of drawn volcano portraits have been published in Drawing Futures at The Bartlett and SOILED Journal, and exhibited at NUS Museum in Singapore and at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The work has led to an ongoing collaboration with the lens-based artist Tobias Wootton under the theme 'Landscape Performance.' In addition to her research, she has made architectural proposals with designers in Chicago, London, New York and Singapore. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University.

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[ education ] 

Master of Architecture (M.Arch) 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Architecture
Chicago, Ilinois, USA

  • Carol Phelan Graduate Teaching Fellow, (full tuition waiver) UIC School of Architecture, 2011-13
  • Nancy Gislason Award, UIC Year End Show: 2012: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’, 2013: ‘The Land of 1,000 Views’ 
  • UIC Portfolio Day 2013 Faculty and Student Choice Awards 
  • UIC Undergraduate Mentoring Award 2013

Bachelor of Graphic Design 1999
North Carolina State University College of Design
Raleigh, North Carolina

[ positions ] 


Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), a research collaboration between the ETH Zürich and the Singapore National Research Foundation:

  • Research Coordinator, ‘Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn’
    August 2015 - present 
  • Researcher, Chair of Architecture & Urban Design
    August 2013 - August 2015
  • Lecturer, West Java Traveling Studio with the Univ. of Melbourne School of Architecture
    September - December 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, ‘Jakarta: The Big Village’ NUS (National University of Singapore) Landscape Architecture Studio
    August - November 2013 

Photography workshops with Tobias Wootton:

  • Sailing the Balangay, Philippines, January 2018
  • NUS Dept. of Architecture, January 2018

Graduate Teaching Assistant, history & theory of architecture
University of Illinois at Chicago
August 2011 - May 2013 

Guest critic: UIC, NUS, ETH Zürich, Glasgow School of Art Singapore, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, New Jersey Institute of Technology, School of the Art Institute Chicago.


Freelance Designer
Cosmo Design Factory, Hudson, New York
March 2016 - present

Architectural Intern
UrbanLab, Chicago, Illinois
December 2011 - August 2012

FWD Creative (Graphic Design & Marketing)
Raleigh, North Carolina
September 2003 - August 2010

Art Director
Addmore Communications (Advertising)
Copenhagen, Denmark
August - November 2008

Art Director
Nomaco Inc. (Manufacturing)
Raleigh, North Carolina
January - December 2003

Senior Graphic Designer
R+M Agency, Raleigh, North Carolina
December 1999 - January 2003

[ output ]


‘17 Volcanoes: Works by Franz Junghuhn, Armin Linke, Bas Princen, Deni Sugandi, U5 and Wermke/Leinkauf, with contributions by Elisabeth Bronfen, Adrianne Joergensen, Alex Lehnerer, Clive Oppenheimer, and Philip Ursprung.’
NUS Museum, Singapore
October 2017 - February 2018

The Unsolicited Sideshow at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial
September 2017 - January 2018

Crater Studios, an NUS Museum prep room programme in collaboration with U5
January - July 2017

With UrbanLab: 

  • ‘Free Water District’ 2012 Venice Biennale
  • Navy Pier redesign, Chicago, Illinois, 2012
  • ‘Virtual Water’ 2012 MOMA PS1
    Young Architects Program, New York, NY

‘Interembrace’ with L. Alzaid, M. Messner, and E. Plotnikova received an Honorable Mention in ThinkSpace Past Forward International Competition. Exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, and the Sagreb Society of Architects, Croatia, 2012


Selections from the Volcanarium’ in SOILED ‘Animatescrapers’ Issue, December 2017

‘The Two Faces of Merapi’ in Kings Review ‘Extremes’ issue, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK, October 2017

‘Constructing a Volcanarium, or how to draw a very large figure’ at Drawing Futures Conference The Bartlett, London, UK, November 2016

Graphic Editor of Calamity News since January 2017

‘Right as Rain’ in The Economy Magazine, August 2014 Archive No. 125: The Literal and the Abstract, March 2014 

‘The Land of 1,000 Views’ in SOILED ‘Windowscrapers’ Issue, August 2013


'Sandscraper' competition entry with Pencil Architects for the 2015 Chicago Biennale Lakeshore Pavilion

'2x4 Machines for Living In' competition entry for 'Activate 14,' Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2014

‘Architecture of Antarctica’ design proposal with FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste) for the British Design Council, London, UK, March 2013


‘Lines of Resilience and Interdependence in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta’ at ACSA Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2016

‘Five Easy Acts of Leisure: a Field Guide to the Singapore Strait’ presented at conferences in Kathmandu, Nepal; Hong Kong; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and Chicago, 2015-16

‘Tourism and Urbanization in the ASEAN+ Region,’ Coauthor, Future Cities Laboratory Phase 2 Proposal, 2015-2020

[ skills ]

Architectural design; teaching & mentoring students; photography & portfolio workshops; brand design & strategy; print design & production; infographics; web design; environmental graphics. 

Digital: proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Rhino.

Analog: model making; photography & lighting; sewing & fiber arts; pattern design; screen and block printing.

Languages: Native English speaker, German level A1, written/spoken Danish, some Indonesian. 

Communication: field work organization, exhibition coordination, writing and editing text, portfolio design, proposal development; project & vendor management; event design.