As a designer and creator Wil Natzel straddles the line between art and architecture. Wil’s diverse body of work integrates new technologies to create interventions that resuscitate contemporary spaces and artifacts that have been scraped of all embellishment and meaning. Drawing from architectural sources he explores the cultural frameworks and natural phenomena that shapes us. He creates new environments and objects that manipulate our perception and exposes the relativity of our unique experiences.
As a graduate from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a Master of Architecture Wil has designed and created large public projects for The Soap Factory, Northern Spark, and SooVAC. His work has been featured in Wired, MN Original, and numerous design blogs. He has also served as a visiting architecture critic at the University of Michigan, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Minnesota, and Iowa State University.
His practice has an open and inclusive approach to collaborating with institutions and other artists including the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, UCLA Gamelab, Minnesota Children’s Museum, artist Eric William Carroll, and artist Nick Knutson. Most recently Wil has collaborated with architect Ania Jaworska for MoMA Ps1 and the Chicago Architecture Biennial.