Kapeller was a founding partner of the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta. Since his relocation to Los Angeles, his firm CK Architecture has won numerous prizes and awards in international design competitions. Kapeller received his Dipl. Ing. of Architecture in Graz, Austria, and his master of architecture at the University of Southern California. Kapeller has lectured, written and published a number of critical articles and has been a member of the design faculty at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. For his View From Up Here installation, he traveled to the Alaska Arctic on two excursions to document yedomas. Yedoma is a term coined by Russian scientists to describe an ice-rich permafrost mound that rises above the surrounding terrain. Kapeller documented the most outstanding of Alaska’s known yedomas, the Itkillik River permafrost cliffs that formed thousands of years ago when bison, lions and muskoxen roamed the dry, cold grasslands of Alaska.