Architecture & Art.


Catherine Wilmes is an architectural designer invested in thinking about the discipline’s relation to art and photography. Her designs are often derived from a photographic inquiry of the built environment and are informed by material experimentations at the scale of the model. This allows her to construct an iterative design process that translates photographic media into three-dimensional objects imbued with materiality.


She practiced in various architectural offices in New York City with an emphasis on residential and educational projects at the master plan, building, interior, and furniture scales. Her area of expertise lies in adaptive re-use with projects in the United States, South America, Africa, and China. She is currently working on multiple projects of post-industrial adaptation in Texas and New York.

Prior to joining Cornell University as a Visiting Critic, Catherine was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. There she taught advanced design and residential studios at the graduate level, along with multiple classes focusing on the interplay between visualization, graphic conceptualization, and fabrication of architectural models.


Recently, her research in architectural media was exhibited as part of several group shows such as the In The Round, On the Flat (2022) and Aesthetics of Prosthetics (2019) exhibitions at Pratt Institute’s Siegel Gallery. 



M.Arch, Advanced Standing

Pratt Institute GAUD, Brooklyn, New York



Ball State University CAP, Muncie, Indiana

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