Adrianne Wilson Joergensen is an architectural and graphic designer and researcher. Currently, she is Research Coordinator for ‘Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn,’ a multi-disciplinary traveling research project led by ETH Zürich Professors Philip Ursprung and Alex Lehnerer at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore. Her research within the project explores the drawn representation of the volcano as an architectural figure. 

She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and leader of the Department of Urban Speculation (DeptUS). Through professional practice, she has worked with Cosmo Design Factory in New York and UrbanLab in Chicago. Her drawings have been exhibited at NUS Museum in Singapore and the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Before transitioning to architecture, Adrianne had a decade-long career in graphic design. After working in agencies and in-house corporate design departments in Washington, D.C., Copenhagen, and central North Carolina, she ran her own design business, working in branding, print, and web design for clients ranging from local nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. Her Bachelor of Graphic Design is from North Carolina State University. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she has traveled to 30 countries, and worked or studied in Chicago, Copenhagen, and Berlin before moving to Singapore.

EMAIL  [ yooadrianne at gmail ]   


education & awards

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

research & publications

Tourism and Cultural Heritage: A Case Study on the Explorer Franz Junghuhn with
Philip Ursprung and Alex Lehnerer
ETH Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) Singapore
August 2015 - August 2020

This research project investigates the volcanoes of Java as sights of cultural and touristic production. We follow the 19th century explorer Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, later known as the ‘Humboldt of Java,’ who under the Dutch administration climbed, drew and wrote prolifically about the volcanoes. As our imaginary guide, Junghuhn leads us on expeditions where we conduct field research along with other architects, artists, and scholars from art history, volcanology, literature, and philosophy.

As project coordinator, I design the expeditions while conducting my own research on representation of the volcano. Where Junghuhn gathered botanical samples for his herbarium, I collect imagery, artifacts, and narratives for my ‘Volcanarium.’ This source material informs my series of rigorous portraits, which will be included in the the final book and exhibitions.  

Java Expeditions Central Java II, September 2016; Footnotes from West Java, June 2016; Footnotes from East Java, January 2016; Footnotes from Central Java, ETH Zürich Seminar Week, October 2015; Footnotes from Central Java, June 2015; Volcano Walks, Bandung, January & September 2015

The 'Volcanarium,' a series of drawn Volcano portraits, has been exhibited and published as:  

  • (forthcoming) SOILED: Animatescrapers issue, December 2017
  • The Unsolicited Sideshow, 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, 'Kawah Putih' and 'Gede-Pangrango' 
  • Kings Review: Extremes Issue, University of Cambridge, ‘The two faces of Merapi’
  • Crater Studios, rotating group exhibition with the artist collective U5, NUS Museum, National University of Singapore, January-July 2017

  • ‘Constructing a Volcanarium, or how to represent a very large figure’ (Paper and drawing) Drawing Futures Conference, The Bartlett, London, UK, November 2016; ‘Figuring F.W. Junghuhn’ Symposium, ETH Zürich, April 2016

Asst. Prof. Alex Lehnerer, Chair of Architecture & Urban Design
ETH Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) Singapore

August 2013-August 2015

Coauthor, ‘From Sights to Sites: Tourism and Urbanization in the ASEAN+ Region’
Research Proposal for Future Cities Laboratory Phase 2, Singapore

‘Five Easy Acts of Leisure: a Field Guide to the Singapore Strait’
Case study on tourism spaces in the Riau archipelago with Prof. Kees Christiaanse

  • Panel Chair, ‘Expansive Singapore: redrawing the Island-State’s regional sphere of influence’ 
    'Dynamic Borderlands: Livelihoods, Communities and Flows' Conference, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal, December 2016
  • ‘Can Paradise and the City co-exist?’ (Paper) Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos Conference 2016, Hong Kong University
    Asian Urbanization Conference 2016, Gadjah Mada Univ., Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • ‘Paradise idylls and industrial coasts: the tropical resort as critical urban lens’ (Paper) American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference, Chicago, USA, April 2015
  • ‘Overlooking the Edge of Pleasure’ (Essay) LA+ Pleasure Issue, PennDesign Journal, Fall 2015

‘The Plot Line—Architecture’s Other Ground’ case study

teaching & mentoring

West Java traveling studio, October 2016 
in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) Schools of Architecture

Jakarta: The Big Village MLA Design Research Studio Fall 2013
Teaching Assistant with Joerg Rekittke & Alex Lehnerer, NUS Department of Landscape Architecture

  • ‘Lines of Resilience and Interdependence in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta’ (Paper)
    ACSA (Associate Collegiate Schools of Architecture) 104th Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, March 2016
  • ‘Tracing the lines of urban form in Kampung Melayu’
    (Guest lecture) Yale-NUS College, March 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2011 - Spring 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Architecture

  • ARCH 371 & ARCH 532 History and Theory of Architecture, Asst. Prof. Alexander Eisenschmidt, Fall 2011, Spring 2012
  • ARCH 200 General Education course, Asst. Director David Brown, Asst. Profs. Sean Lally and Kirk Wooller, Fall 2012
  • ARCH 252 History of Modern Architecture, Associate Prof. Annie Pedret, Spring 2013

UIC Department of Urban Speculation (DeptUS) Leader of this student-run thinktank which installed and performed architectural interventions in Chicago, 2010 - 2013

practice & competitions

Consulting Designer, Cosmo Design Factory, Hudson, New York, since 2016

'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

Intern, UrbanLab Architecture & Urban Design
Chicago, Illinois, December 2011 - August 2012

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

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

‘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

Owner, FWD Graphic Design Studio, November 2003-August 2010. After working in advertising agencies and in-house graphic design departments in the U.S. and Denmark, I started my own design collective, working in branding, print, environmental graphics.

published & exhibited work

Co-editor and lead designer, Calamity News, a monthly design newsletter about politics, since January 2017

The Economy Magazine: All Visual Issue, ‘Right as Rain’ with narrative by Julia Sedlock, August 2014 Archive No. 125: The Literal and the Abstract, ‘Here’s Looking at You’ and ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ March 2014

‘The Land of 1,000 Views’ with narrative by Mari Altshuler, SOILED Windowscrapers Issue, August 2013

‘Marion Mahony Griffin’s Plan for Chicago, 1945’ in Visionary Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation, July 2012


Digital  Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, SketchUp.

Making  Modelmaking; photography & lighting; sewing & fiber arts; pattern design; silkscreening; color matching.

Graphic  Brand design & strategy; infographics; web design; environmental graphics; project & vendor management; print design & production; event design. 

Communication  Research trip organization; writing & editing, portfolio design, proposal development.

Language  Native English speaker, written & spoken Danish, learning Bahasa Indonesia and German.


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