Catherine Wilmes joined the School of Architecture in Spring 2023 as a Part-Time Instructor where she teaches in the 4th Year undergraduate comprehensive studio.
Prior to joining Syracuse University, Wilmes was a Visiting Critic at Cornell University where she taught a second year undergraduate studio and led a seminar titled “Translating Elements of Architecture.” In parallel, she has been teaching at Pratt Institute several classes including 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. She practiced in multiple architecture offices in New York City and specialized in educational projects, masterplans, large scale adaptive reuse, and mass housing.
In her research, she is 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. Recently, her research in architectural media was exhibited as part of several group shows such as In The Round, On the Flat (2022) and Aesthetics of Prosthetics (2019), exhibitions at Pratt Institute’s Siegel Gallery.
Wilmes earned a Master’s of Architecture from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design in 2019, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ball State University in 2017.