Jan Edler (b. 1970, Cologne) studied architecture at the Technische Universität Aachen and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. From 2000 to 2001 he taught at the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, and in 2003 at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. As part of the Berlin based trans-disciplinary art group “Kunst und Technik” (1997-2000) he started to work with his brother Tim Edler. In 2000 the brothers founded “realities:united” as a studio for art and architecture. Since the Edlers alias realities:united have built a unique reputation for their spectacular art and media extensions to buildings all across the globe by some of the most prominent figures of contemporary architecture like Peter Cook, Will Alsop, Foster & Partners, Coop HimmelB(l)au, Bjarke Ingels Group, Nieto Sobejano or WOHA Architects.
Their work has been included in permanent museum collections like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, or Museum Abteiberg in Moenchengladbach, and their achievements have been honoured with numerous awards, for instance the prestigious bronze “Global Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction 2012”, the golden “Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction Europe 2011”, the “Kunstpreis Berlin 2009” (Art Prize Berlin, an award in the category architecture) by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, or the Hans Schaefers Award by the Bund Deutscher Architekten. In 2011 the brother’s first monograph “realities:united featuring” has been published by Ruby Press in Berlin. For 2014 Jan Edler has been granted a residency at the German Academy Rome “Villa Massimo” which represents one of the most important awards offered to German artists for study abroad.