Axel Körner has been a research associate at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (itke), University of Stuttgart since 2014, where he is also teaching within the Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) Master Program.  His research focuses on bio-inspired compliant mechanisms for architectural applications and bending active structures, as well as their materialisation with fibre reinforced plastic. His research was exhibited at the Natural History Museum in Stuttgart or the Zaha Hadid Exhibition in Venice.

He received his Diploma in Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich 2008 and his MSc. in Emergent Technologies and Design from the Architectural Association in London 2013 with distinction. He worked for several architecture practices in Munich, Vienna and London between 2008 and 2014, as well as for Createx and Northsails TPT in Switzerland where he was working on carbon fibre material and fabrication research in 2012. Between 2013 and 2014 he was tutor for Technical Studies at AA School of Architecture and between 2013 and 2016 he was working as visiting tutor for EMTECH at the AA School of Architecture. Since 2016 he is organised two workshops with the Contemporary Architects Association in Tehran, Iran. In 2017 he was member of the D.RE.A.M. Academy Faculty at Citta Della Scienza in Naples, Italy and since 2018 he is guest lecturer at i.sd, University of Innsbruck.