As a designer and creator Wil Natzel straddles the line between art and architecture with his interventions that counteract the banal and resuscitate the brutal boxes contemporary cultural has scraped of all embellishment. As a graduate from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a Master of Architecture he opened his experimental construction studio using contemporary tools in unexpected ways with unusual materials to create new artifacts. He has designed and created large public projects for The Soap Factory, Northern Spark, and SooVAC. His work has been featured in Wired and numerous design blogs. He has collaborated with Perot Museum of Science and Nature, and Minnesota Children's Museum, along with other leading cultural and educational institutions. He has also served as a visiting architecture critic at the University o f Michigan, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Minnesota, and Iowa State University.

 

EDUCATION

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Master of Architecture

 

Iowa State University of Science and Technology

Bachelor of Architecture

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015 June | ‘Surfing Sea Turtles Pod Expansion’ | Amazing Animals: Built to Survive; Perot Museum of Nature and Science | Dallas, TX

2015 April | 'Reception Desk' | SooVAC | Minneapolis, MN

2014 Sept | 'Wearable Creatures' | Maker Day | Northern.Lights.MN | Minneapolis, MN

2014 June | 'Aura Info Hub' | Northern Spark 2014 | Minneapolis, MN

2014 June | 'Wearable Creatures' | Northern Spark 2014 | Minneapolis, MN

2013 Nov | 'Build a Surfing Sea Turtle' | Minnesota Children's Museum | St. Paul, MN

2013 June | ‘Surfing Sea Turtles’ | Recycled Reef; Perot Museum of Nature and Science | Dallas, TX

2013 May | ‘Convolution’ | SooVAC | Minneapolis, MN

2012 Sept | ‘Towers’ | Parking Day 2012; Parsons Brinckerhoff | Seattle, WA

2012 June | ‘Night Blooms’ | Northern Spark 2012 | Minneapolis, MN

2012 April | ‘Giant Squid on a Stick’ & ‘Night Bloom Prototype’ | Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity | Dallas, TX

2012 April | ‘Tower Experiment’ | Compression Testing; 22 | Chicago, IL

2011 June | ‘Steel Variations’ | Owatonna Public Library & Blooming Prairie City Hall | MN

2010 June | ‘Suspended Cardboard Domes with Giant Squids’ | What Remains; The Soap Factory | Minneapolis, MN

2009 April | ‘Cardboard Beam with Giant Squid’ | Loose Canon; Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art | Bloomfield Hills, MI

2008 Oct | ‘Traffic Cone Spinners’ | Ephemeral Sensuality; Forum Gallery | Bloomfield Hills, MI

2006 Dec | 'Artifact: City of Paris' | Kurplunk; Iowa State University Architecture Degree Show | Des Moines, IA

2006 Sept | 'Porta Portse Market' | Rome Studio; Iowa State University | Ames, IA

SELECTED TALKS & PUBLICATIONS

2015 May | Architecture Department | University of Minnesota | (Critic)

2015 May | Digital Design Build Architecture | Construction Sciences and Building Technology Department |

         Dunwoody College of Technology | (Critic)

2014 June | Minneapolis Pioneer Press | Northern Spark 2012 | 'Night Blooms' | (Published)

2014 June | St. Paul Downtown Journal | Northern Spark 2012 | 'Night Blooms' | (Published)

2014 Feb | 'Chrysalis' | Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Design | University of Minnesota | (Talk)

2013 Nov | MN Original, PBS Broadcast | (Interview)

2012 Nov | Wired.com, "Crazy Cardboard Towers Bring Ornament Back to Architecture" | 'Night Blooms' | (Published)

2012 June | WCCO-TV Morning Show | ‘Night Blooms’ | Northern Spark 2012 | (Interview)

2011 June | ‘Steel Variations’ | Owatonna Public Library & Blooming Prairie City Hall | (Talk)

2009 April | Sneak Peek; Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art | (Talk)

2009 May | Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan | (Critic)

2008 Dec | Architecture Department | Iowa State University | (Critic)

2008 May | ‘Artifact: City of Paris’ | Beijing University of Technology | (Talk)

SELECTED AWARDS & COMPETITIONS

2015 July | 'Fluctuation' | Brooklyn Park Library Bike Rack Public Art | 1 of 3 Finalists | (Competition)

2014 Mar | Artist Initiative Grant FY 2014 | Minnesota State Arts Board | (Grant)

2013 Dec | 'Chrysalis' | Minneapolis Creative City Challenge | 1 of 3 Finalists | (Competition)

2013 Mar | 'Metal Night Bloom' | St. Paul Union Depot Small Sclae Public Art | 1 of 3 Finalist | (Competition)

SELECTED MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS

 Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity | Dallas, TX

 Perot Museum of Nature and Science | Dallas, TX

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