Katharina Kral

Katharina Kral is a German architect with a focus on housing and material specific construction topics in the fields of timber and concrete construction. During five years at Buchner Bründler Architekten in Basel, Switzerland, where she led design and construction projects, Kral acquired a holistic understanding of the complex processes of building. Her most recently finished project is a large residential complex in Zurich, Switzerland, that features one of the largest, entirely wooden facades that has been built up to that point.

Kral holds a Dipl.Ing. with distinction for remarkable program achievements from Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt), Germany. Before working in Switzerland, she taught structural analysis for architects I-IV at TU Darmstadt. She also worked as a design architect at Planquadrat Architekten in Darmstadt and NKBAK Architekten in Frankfurt. At Cornell, Kral is continuing material studies in timber and concrete through elective seminars. She is also integrating her work in second-year design studios.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4605/6605 Special Topics in Construction: Rethinking ConcreteThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Construction. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Jakob Wilhelm Mengler Award for the project Zukunft Osthafen (2010)
  • Jakob Wilhelm Mengler Award for the project Eins40 (2009)
  • Scholarship Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V. (2008-11)

Publications (Selected)

  • Kral, Katharina and Timur Dogan. "anSICHTEN, Katalog zur Jahresausstellung 2008 des Fachbereichs  Architektur der TU Darmstadt," Wasmuth, Tübingen (2008).