KUTONOTUK represents a unique combination of design and research excellence that is international in scope and multidisciplinary in nature. In the past 4 years, the work of KUTONOTUK has received national and international recognitions in 16 renowned competitions, and has been features in over 30 publications & 20 exhibitions in North America, Asia and Europe. Combining the backgrounds in political science and geophysics, KUTONOTUK’s academic research further conjoins design with the sciences and has been supported by numerous grants, most recently to explore the urban futures of the rapidly transforming Arctic via Arctic Design Initiative co-founded by the Principals. Key design awards include Helsinki Link (Honorable Mention, Helsinki Central Library International Competition, 2013), My Hair is at MoMA PS1 (Runner-up, MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2013), Greenland Mothercloud (Danish Pavilion Exhibition, Venice Architectural Biennale, 2012), Light Core (Second Prize, Central Glass International Competition, 2011) and Dreiecksplatz (First Prize, Europan 2011).
Leena received her M.L.A. with Distinction from Harvard GSD where she was awarded Jacob Weidenman Prize for excellence in design. Prior to founding KUTONOTUK, she has worked both in the U.S. and Netherlands, at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Maxwan with Rients Dijkstra, Government Advisor for Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Cities, on a number of award-winning landscape and landscape-driven urban design and infrastructure projects in North America, Asia and Europe. Concurrently with joining the Harvard GSD as a Lecturer in 2014, Leena is a Research Fellow at the Landscape Architecture Foundation as well as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban & Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia where she led design research studios with Elizabeth Meyer and Teresa Gali-Izard. Her research focuses on the dynamic materiality of water, and the landscape phenomena and systems of coldscapes.
Matthew Jull, Ph.D.
Matthew has a dual background in architecture (M.Arch. Harvard GSD) and geophysics (Ph.D. Cambridge University, UK). As a geophysicist he has carried out several research funded by the National Science Foundation and taught both in the U.S. and France, probing the fundamental processes that shape Earth via computational techniques of solid/fluid and chemical dynamics. Prior to founding KUTONOTUK, he has worked at SOM New York, Stephen Holl New York/Beijing, and most recently from 2008-12 as an architect and project leader at OMA and AMO in Rotterdam. Jull is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia where he leads the Design Research Methodology for the M.Arch. and M.L.A. thesis programs. Jull’s research explores architecture in extreme environments with particular focus on the history and future trajectories of arctic urbanization in Russia and North America.
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