Ringvorlesung Architectural Research

About the lecture series

The lecture series ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH represents an integral part of the Doctoral School of Architecture in Graz. With international and local scholars contributing to the program, the lectures introduce current projects, methods and theoretical positions in the field of architectural research. The lectures are followed by workshops in which the lecturers discuss and exchange ideas with the participants registered for the doctoral program.

Die Ringvorlesung ARCHITEKTURFORSCHUNG bildet einen integralen Bestandteil der Grazer Doctoral School Architektur. Lehrende der TU Graz und internationale Gäste stellen aktuelle Projekte der Architekturforschung hinsichtlich ihrer Konzepte, Methoden und Ergebnisse vor. In Workshops diskutieren die Vortragenden mit angemeldeten TeilnehmerInnen der Ringvorlesung über ihre Zugänge zur Architekturforschung und die sich daraus eröffnenden Forschungsfragestellungen.

Organisation / Leitung: Daniel Gethmann

Lecture Series 2023/24

Alexander Passer: Assessing Life Cycle Related Environmental Impacts Caused by Buildings

Graz University of Technology

09.11.2023 - 19.00, HS L

Alexander Passer is Professor for Sustainable Construction at Graz University of Technology. Since 2011 he has headed the Sustainable Construction Working Group, which deals with topics of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), its application in the design process and the optimisation of the life cycle performance of buildings, taking into account systemic interactions. His research focuses on operationalising sustainability in construction, esp. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), Multicriteria Decision Models (MCDM) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Passer is Austrian delegate in committees of CEN/TC350 and CEN/TC 442 as well as other national and international technical committees. Since 2018 he has been chairman of the Sustainability Advisory Board of TU Graz. Since 2018, he has been on the board of the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), the Climate Research Network Austria. In 2014, he was a visiting professor at the Chair of Sustainable Construction at ETH Zurich. Since 2013, he has been a subject editor for the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment for the topic area of construction materials and buildings.


Robert Jan van Pelt: The Little Engine That Could: A History of the Barrack

University of Waterloo

16.11.2023 - 19.00, Halle, Kronesschule

Robert Jan van Pelt has taught at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture since 1987, and held appointments at many institutions of higher education in Europe, Asia and North America, including the Architectural Association in London, the Technical University in Vienna, the University of Kassel, the National University of Singapore, the University of Virginia, Clark University, and MIT. He is the recipient of many academic honors, including the .” He has published thirteen books dealing with diverse topics such as the cosmic speculations on the Temple of Solomon, relativism in architectural history, the history of Auschwitz, the history of the Holocaust, Jewish refugees, Holocaust denial, and most recently, An Atlas of Jewish Space, which accompanied the opening in 2021 of a new synagogue at the site of the Babyn Yar massacre in Kyiv. He has completed a book on the history of the concentration camp barrack which will appear with Park Books. His forensic work on the crematoria of Auschwitz generated The Evidence Room installation, created in collaboration with Waterloo professors Anne Bordeleau and Donald McKay and a team of Waterloo students, and shown first at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2017 at the Royal Ontario Museun in Toronto, and in 2019 at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. Van Pelt is the Chief Curator of the international traveling exhibtion Auschwitz. Not Far Away. Not Long Ago which opened in Madrid (2017), and has been shown to date also in New York (2019), Kansas City (2021), Malmö (2022), and Los Angeles (2023). This exhibtion, organized by Musealia in collaboration with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and other major Holocaust museums, includes over 650 artifacts. It will travel to Boston (2024), Toronto (2024-5), and five other global cities in the next seven years. Van Pelt was a member of the KPMB-Daoust Lestage architectural team that won the competition for a new home for the Montreal Holocaust Museum (anticipated opening 2025), and is the co-curator of the new permanent exhibition of this museum.


Salvatore Pisani: Paris as a Furnished City. Rethinking Urbanity and Subpolitics in the 19th Century

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

07.12.2023 - 19.00, HS II

Salvatore Pisani is Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at the University of Mainz. After studying in Heidelberg, Berlin (TU) and Paris (EHESS), he worked at research institutes and universities in Florence, Zurich (ETH) and Saarbrücken. Currently, together with Gregor Wedekind, he is leading a research project on 19th century Parisian Street Furniture, supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), in which the new set of street lamps, advertising columns, benches, newspaper kiosks, public toilets and much more are being studied with a particular view to their role in the development of modern urbanity. It pursues the thesis that the net-like dispositive of everyday objects discreetly shapes and choreographs certain forms of action and thus public space. As a modern administrative state, France has developed a specific subpolitics, in other words, a latent grammar of governance that has been translated into a grammar of the street – and vice versa.


Lisa Yamaguchi: Design in the Focus of Research

Graz University of Technology

11.01.2024 - 19.00, HS II

Lisa Yamaguchi is an architect based in Munich where she runs the architectural office dreisterneplus together with Florian Hartmann, Oliver Noak and Andreas Müsseler. The office deals with the installation, renewal and replacement of individual urban building blocks up to urban development projects on all scale levels. After studying architecture at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), she first worked at Janson + Wolfrum, Architecture and Urban Planning (2004-2006) and since 2006 at Meili, Peter München (now dreisterneplus). Since 2011 she has also been active in teaching at several Chairs at TU Munich, where she also held a visiting professorship in the winter semester of 2020/21. This was followed by a teaching position at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and another visiting professorship at the OTH Regensburg (2022). Since March 2023 she holds the professorship for Integral Architecture at TU Graz. The focus of her academic work is on design as an integral and dialectical method - eminently suitable as a sustainable model for solving the complex issues of our time. In her examination of design methods, she tries to closely link research with teaching and her own practice as an architect.


Ana Maria Durán Calisto: The History of Bioeconomies in Amazonia

Yale School of Architecture

18.01.2024 - 19.00, Halle, Kronesschule

Ana Maria Durán Calisto is a designer, planner and scholar from Quito, Ecuador. In 2002, she co-founded Estudio A0 with her husband, British-Punjabi architect Jaskran Kalirai. Estudio A0 has designed a diverse array of multi-scalar projects in close collaboration with its clients and community partners. Estudio A0’s projects have been extensively published and their work has been featured in the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale The Laboratory of the Future (2023). Durán Calisto has taught research seminars and design studios at the FADA of Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Harvard University’s GSD, Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, Columbia University’s GSAPP, the University of Michigan Taubman College, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, the Architecture School of Universidad Católica de Temuco, and UCLA´s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. In 2022, Durán Calisto received the Mark Cousins Theory Award for her work on extractivism and the built environment, and her interest in the principles of ancestral urban ecologies. She has co-edited the books Ecological Urbanism in Latin America (2019), Beyond Petropolis: Designing a Practical Utopia in Nueva Loja (2015), and IV Taller Internacional de Vivienda Popular (2007). She co-authored the Charter Toward re-entanglement: A Charter for the City and the Earth (Bauhaus Earth, 2022). Durán Calisto has lectured extensively and actively publishes in magazines such as Domus, Log, Mold, The Architectural Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Casabella, Arquine, Pangea, Manifest, Rivista Territorio, Ness, Revista Cardinalis, Rita, LatinArt Magazine, Revista 30-60, Revista Plot, Revista Radar, Trama, GAM, Aula, and Deco Journal. In 2010-2011, Durán Calisto received a Loeb Fellowship for her proposal to weave a South American network devoted to critically and creatively addressing the infrastructural integration of South America. She is a member of the Science Panel for the Amazon, convened by SDSN & the UN. She co-authored its report´s chapter on urbanization. In 2015, she was the academic advisor to the Ecuadorian Minister on Housing and Urban Development for the UN Conference Habitat III. She collaborates with CAF’s program on BiodiverCities, and with the IDB on its BioCities program for Brazil. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the urban planning department at UCLA. Under the advice of Susanna Hecht, she is writing a dissertation on the urban history of Amazonia, with a focus on indigenous systems of territorial planning and colonial disruptions.



Lecture Series 2022/23

Sebastian Gießmann: Aesthetics of Boundary Objects

University of Siegen

01.12.2022 - 19.00

Sebastian Gießmann is Reader in Media Theory at the University of Siegen. He is principal investigator of the research project “Digital Network Technologies between Specialization and Generalization” within the DFG-funded CRC Media of Cooperation. Throughout his works, Gießmann intertwines practice theory, cultural techniques, STS and histories of (digital) media. Recent publications include a translation of Susan Leigh Star into German – Grenzobjekte und Medienforschung, – an edited volume on Materiality of Cooperation, and a forthcoming translation of Connectivity of Things: Network Cultures Since 1832. His next new book is called Das Kreditkartenbuch: Geschichte und Theorie des digitalen Bezahlens.

Despina Stratigakos: From Margins to Center: Rethinking How We Write Women’s Architectural Histories

State University of New York at Buffalo / University of Copenhagen

27.10.2022 - 19.00

Despina Stratigakos, Ph.D., is a writer, historian, and professor at the University at Buffalo and internationally recognized scholar of diversity and equity in architecture. She is the author of four books that explore how power and ideology function in architecture, whether in the creation of domestic spaces or of world empires. Her most recent book, Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway (Princeton, 2020), has been recognized with the Spiro Kostof Book Prize of the Society of Architectural Historians. In addition, she has published extensively on barriers to equity and diversity in the building professions, including stereotypical representations of architects in the media, lack of diversity among elite architecture prize winners, and the absence of female architects and architects of color in films. An engaged scholar, Stratigakos participated on Buffalo’s municipal Diversity in Architecture taskforce and was a founding member of the Buffalo Public School’s Architecture and Design Academy.

Itohan Osayimwese: Dismembering Africa’s Buildings: Ornament and Crime

Brown University

10.11.2022 - 19.00

Itohan Osayimwese is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Urban Studies at Brown University. Her research engages with theories of modernity, postcolonialism, and globalization to analyze built environments in nineteenth and twentieth-century West Africa, the Anglo-Caribbean, and Germany. She is author of Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany (Pittsburgh, 2017), and editor of German Colonialism in Africa and its Legacies: Architecture, Art, Urbanism, and Visual Culture (Bloomsbury, 2023). Osayimwese’s work has also been published in the Journal of Architecture, Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Theory Review, Traditional Dwelling and Settlements Review, Perspecta, Thresholds, African Art, and ABE Journal. Her research has been funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Canadian Center for Architecture, Gerda Henkel Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service, Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts, Social Sciences Research Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Most recently, Osayimwese was awarded the 2020 Schelling Foundation Prize for Architectural Theory. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians, is currently a board member of the European Architectural History Network and Thresholds, and is co-chair of the Minority Scholars Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians. Her current research explores migration, property, and emancipation in the Anglo-Caribbean, and the problem of translation in the historiography of African architecture.

Julian Müller: Everyday Situations, Ordinary Places. Encounters between Sociology and Architecture

University of Marburg

24.11.2022 - 19.00

Julian Müller is Deputy Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Marburg. After studying sociology and philosophy, he worked, among other places, at the University of Munich, the University of Lucerne and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In the summer semester of 2022, he was a Visiting Professor at TU Graz, where he gave courses on urban and architectural ethnography. Beyond that, Julian was editor of the renowned sociological journal “Soziale Welt”, he is currently leading a research project on new forms of political communication, and together with Matthias Castorph he founded the “Institut für Allgemeinarchitektur”, based in Munich, which gives them the opportunity to investigate urban banality, ordinary architecture and everyday situations.

Matthias Castorph: Resistance by Affirmation

TU Graz

15.12.2022 - 19.00

Matthias Castorph is an architect and urban planner. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich with Friedrich Kurrent and Uwe Kiessler. He was an assistant to Andreas Hild and received his PhD from the University of Kaiserslautern in 1999. After his junior professorship at the TU Kaiserslautern (2002-2008), he taught as a visiting professor at the TU München and as an adjunct professor at the TU Kaiserslautern, where he represented the teaching and research area „Stadtbaukunst“. He was appointed university professor in 2020. In 2021 he became head of the Institute of Design in Existing Structures and Architectural Heritage Protection at TU Graz. His teaching, research and publication activities focus on the urban planning works and writings of Karl Henrici, Cornelius Gurlitt and Theodor Fischer. Together with his partners Felicia Lehmann and Haiko Tabillion he co-founded the architecture practice "Lehmann, Tabillion & Castorph Architektur Stadtplanung Gesellschaft mbH" in Munich (until 12/2021: Goetz Castorph Architekten und Stadtplaner GmbH). Together with his team, Matthias Castorph is involved in urban planning, development consulting for municipalities, the design and realisation of new buildings (with a focus on residential and office buildings), buildings in existing structures and renovations in accordance with the heritage protection. www.ltundc.de

Sabine von Fischer: Acoustic Cartographies. Soundscape in Urbanism


12.1.2023 - 19.00

Sabine von Fischer is an architectural historian, architect, and writer, and until recently was the editor for architecture and design at Neue Zürcher Zeitung. She is the author of numerous award-winning essays and books, most recently "Das akustische Argument. Wissenschaft und Hörerfahrung in der Architektur des 20. Jahrhunderts“ (gta Verlag, 2019). She taught internationally, e.g. as lecturer at the ETH Zürich, and participated in transdisciplinary research projects in Lausanne, Berlin, New York and Montréal.

Isabelle Doucet: (Hi)stories that Resist/Persist

Chalmers University of Technology

26.01.2023 - 19.00

Isabelle Doucet is Professor of Theory and History of Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. Her research focuses on the relationship between architecture, (urban) politics, and social/environmental responsibility, which she examines through both conceptual-methodological inquiries and historical and contemporary cases. Ongoing research focuses on women in architecture after 1968. She is the author of The Practice Turn in Architecture. Brussels after 1968 (2015). Recent editorial projects include the edited volume Activism at Home. Architects Dwelling between Politics, Aesthetics, and Resistance, coedited with Janina Gosseye (2021), and the thematic issue “Resist Reclaim Speculate: Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City”, coedited with Hélène Frichot, in Architectural Theory Review (2018). Isabelle is a member of the steering committee of the Architecture Humanities Research Association (AHRA), an advisory board member of the journal Dimensions. Journal of Architectural Knowledge, and scientific committee member of the journal CLARA Architecture/Recherche.

Lecture Series 2021/22

Martino Tattara: The Practice of Architecture as Living Thought

KU Leuven / Dogma

07.10.2021 - 19.00

Martino Tattara is a practicing architect and Associate Professor at KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture. After studying in Venice and Rotterdam, he obtained a PhD in Urbanism at the Università Iuav di Venezia with a dissertation centred on Lucio Costa’s project for Brasilia. His writings and projects have appeared in many journals and magazines. Together with Dogma, the architectural practice he co-founded with Pier Vittorio Aureli, he is working on a research by design trajectory that focuses on domestic space and its potential for transformation. In the last years, Dogma has exhibited studies and projects at different venues, among which the HKW Berlin 2015, the Chicago Architectural Biennial 2017, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2019, the Seoul Architecture Biennial 2019 and the Venice Biennale 2021 and has published The Room of One’s Own (2017); Loveless: The Minimum Dwelling and its Discontents (2019) and Platforms (2021). A forthcoming book titled Living and working is currently under preparation and will be released in 2022.

Anne Femmer & Florian Summa: Books, Chain Saws and the Definition of a Model

TU Graz / summacumfemmer

28.10.2021 - 19.00

Anne Femmer and Florian Summa are both architects and Professors for Integral Architecture at the Graz University of Technology. They founded their Leipzig based office SUMMACUMFEMMER in 2015, aiming to explore the (critical) potential of architecture in its entire diversity. Recently the office finished the cooperative housing scheme „San Riemo“ in Munich, which pushes the conventional boundaries of individual and collective living. SUMMACUMFEMMER received various awards and recognitions including the Bauwelt Prize 2017 and a Nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2022. In their teaching and research Anne and Florian focus on new ways of combining intellectual thinking and quite dusty handcraft within the architectural design process. Prior to their teaching commission in Graz both were Assistants at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Guest Professors at the Technical University of Munich.

Alex Lehnerer: Arguing Form

TU Graz / Alex Lehnerer Architekten

11.11.2021 - 19.00

Alex Lehnerer is an architect and teacher. Before his appointment as Professor in Graz, he was Assistant Professor at the ETH Zurich and at the School of Architecture in Chicago. He designed the German Pavilion in Venice in 2014; his books include Grand Urban Rules (NAi010 2009/2014), The Western Town (Hatje Cantz, 2013), and Bungalow Germania (Hatje Cantz, 2014). He holds a doctorate from the ETH Zurich, a master’s degree from UCLA in Los Angeles, and a diploma from the TU Berlin. His architectural office Alex Lehnerer Architekten is located in Zurich and Erlangen.

Martin Knight: The Influence of Context on Bridge Design

TU Graz / Knight architects

25.11.2021 -

Martin Knight is the Founding Director of Knight Architects, an extraordinary architectural studio recognised internationally for its design of bridges and civil infrastructure. Since 2006 his award-winning practice has built more than fifty bridges in the UK and internationally. Their approach to design has been hailed as exemplary by government bodies including the National Infrastructure Commission and the Design Council in the UK and Bundesstiftung Baukultur in Germany. Martin believes that excellent architectural design serves communities daily; improving quality of life and bringing people together; driving economies and helping to define a sense of place. Yet infrastructure also contributes to climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, and transformational leadership is required to reverse these damaging trends. He has always promoted interdisciplinary discourse, especially in education. He has taught architectural and engineering students in the UK and mainland Europe, including as Guest Professor at the TU Graz (Austria), Institute of Structural Design and since 2018 he has been visiting tutor at TU Delft (Netherlands), Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Lukas Pauer: Objects, Acts, and Imaginaries of Imperial-Colonial Expansion, or: Recognizing Facts on the Ground

University of Toronto / Vertical Geopolitics Lab

13.01.2022 - 19.00

Lukas Pauer is a licensed architect, urbanist, educator, and the Founding Director of the Vertical Geopolitics Lab, an investigative practice and think-tank dedicated to exposing intangible systems and hidden agendas within the built environment. At the University of Toronto, Lukas is an (Honorary) Adjunct Professor of Architecture. At the Architectural Association in London, Lukas has pursued a PhD AD on political imaginaries in architectural and urban design history with a focus on how imperial-colonial expansion has been performed architecturally throughout history. He holds an MAUD from Harvard University and an MSc Arch from ETH Zürich. Among numerous international recognitions, Lukas has been selected as Ambassadorial Scholar by the Rotary Foundation, as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and as Emerging Leader by the European Forum Alpbach — leadership programs committed to change-making impact within local communities.

Andreas Lechner : Counterintuitive Typologies

TU Graz / Andreas Lechner Studio

20.01.2022 - 19.00

Andreas Lechner is Associate Professor at the Institute of Design and Building Typology at Graz University of Technology and founded his eponyomous design and research studio in 2009. Andreas studied at TU Graz and after formative study stays in Los Angeles, trained as an architect living in Berlin, Tokyo and Vienna. At TU Graz, he was assistant professor from 2007 to 2011. After obtaining a PhD in 2009 he was a visiting researcher at the Università Iuav di Venezia and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and held lectures and visiting professorships in Copenhagen, Genoa, Hamburg and Istanbul. Andreas won first prize at Europan 10, participated in the second Istanbul Design Biennial 2014 and the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. His habilitation thesis was published as awards winning „Entwurf einer architektonischen Gebäudelehre“ (Zurich 2018) based on his research and lectures at TU Graz since 2013 (nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award 2019). The second and revised german edition is now published together with its english version titled „Design Thinking - Blueprint for an Architecture of Typology“ (both Zurich 2021). As scholarly author and reviewer he is also co-editor of the bilingual peer-review GAM Architecture Magazine. He is a member of the Graz historic town commission (ASVK) and a licensed and practicing architect.

Lecture Series 2020/21

Pablo von Frankenberg: Architecture / Simultaneity. The Interface of Design and Content

Curating Consulting, Berlin

15.10.2020 - 19.15

Pablo von Frankenberg is a curator and architecture researcher. After studying sociology and cultural studies at University of Tübingen he did his doctoral thesis on the Internationalization of Museum Architecture with field research in Europe, the U.S., China, and the Arab Gulf. During his time at Urbane Künste Ruhr in 2012–2013 he developed the institution’s artistic research program focussing on art in urban spaces. Between 2013–2019 he was creative director at the architecture and museum design office hg merz in Stuttgart and Berlin. In 2019 he founded his own office that specializes on curating exhibitions, planning museums, consulting both museums and architects, and publishing in different domains. Recent projects include Design Academy Saaleck/Stiftung Marzona Neue Saalecker Werkstätten, Industrial Museum Reutlingen, publication on Ludwig Leo’s Umlauftank 2, exhibition Wildes Denken/Savage Mind in Architekturgalerie Berlin, and Breitscheidplatz Memorial (together with HG Merz). Among his recent publications are: The ship in the city. The history and significance of a young landmark. In: Wüstenrot Stiftung (ed.): Ludwig Leo. Umlauftank 2. Leipzig 2020; Ausstellungsstücke: Aura, Atmosphäre, Erkenntnis. In: P. Kiedaisch/S. Marinescu/J. Poesch (ed.): Szenografie. Das Kompendium zur vernetzten Gestaltungsdisziplin. Stuttgart 2020; Falten und Muster: Studien des Verlangens. In: Christiane Köhne: Pink Freud. Arbeiten 2008 – 2018 (exhibition catalogue). Tübingen 2018; Museum Futures II: Beyond the Vitrine, Across the Street and with the Security Guard, edited by Kate Clark/Pablo v. Frankenberg/Christopher Kennedy. New York 2016.

Petra Simon & Elemer Ploder: School Buildings – Learning and Living Environments

TU Graz / epps

16.12.2020 - 17.00

Petra Simon and Elemer Ploder have jointly run the architecture firm epps Ploder Simon ZT GmbH with offices in Vienna and Graz since 2005. Their firm focuses on existing buildings and listed building stock in particular. After teaching assignments at the FH Joanneum – University of Applied Sciences Graz and the Institute of Construction and Design Principles of the University of Technology Graz, the two of them have been visiting professors at the Institute of Design in Existing Structures and Monument Conservation at TU Graz since the winter semester 2019. Their architectural work includes the multi-award winning Fandler oil mill project, conversions and installations on the Schlossberg Casemates in Graz, the partial renovation of the Graz event venue Orpheum, as well as office conversions in the listed Brandhof and on Karmeliterplatz. Among their award-winning projects is also Golfzone Wien in Wiener Neudorf.

Daniel Gethmann: Diagrams of the Field

TU Graz

07.01.2021 - 19.15

Daniel Gethmann is Associate Professor for Cultural Studies and Design Theory at the Institute of Architectural Theory, History of Art and Cultural Studies at Graz University of Technology. He is the executive editor of the architecture magazine GAM and serves as Chairman of the Curricular Committee for Architecture. Gethmann was director of the OeNB research project: “Ferdinand Schuster (1920-1972): The Architectonic Works” and published widely on the fields of architecture as science, media theory, history of science, auditive culture, and history and theory of cultural techniques. His publications include Feld. Modelle, Begriffe und architektonische Raumkonzepte. Zürich 2020; Ferdinand Schuster (1920–1972): Das architektonische Werk. Bauten, Schriften, Analysen. Zürich 2020; Die Enden des Kabels. Kleine Mediengeschichte der Übertragung. Berlin 2016 (with Florian Sprenger); Kulturtechnik Entwerfen. Praktiken, Konzepte und Medien in Architektur und Design Science. Bielefeld 2009 (with Susanne Hauser).

Lecture Series 2019/20

Kirsten Wagner: Theories and Practices of Dwelling

Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences

10.10.2019 - 19.00

Kirsten Wagner is Professor of Cultural Studies and Communication Science at the University of Applied Science Bielefeld. She is head of the research focus “Erkenntnisformen der Fotografie” the current research project of which is “Bilder des Wohnens. Architekturen im Bild”. Before that, she was scientific assistant at the Institute of Cultural Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin and in the Sonderforschungsbereich 447 „Kulturen des Performativen”. She is member of the Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft and of the editorial board of the journal “Wolkenkuckucksheim. Internationale Zeitschrift zur Theorie der Architektur”. Her research and publications center on the spatial organisation of knowledge, the relationship between architecture and anthropology as well as aesthetic theory. Among her recent publications are: Von den Akteuren des Wohnungsbaus zu den Akteuren des Wohnens. Philosophische und soziologische Bestimmungen des Wohnens in den 1950-er und 1960-er Jahren. In: Regine Heß (Hg.), Architektur und Akteure. Praxis und Öffentlichkeit in der Nachkriegsgesellschaft, Bielefeld 2018, S. 45-62; Raumkonstruktionen in der Sinnesphysiologie und in der Architekturästhetik des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. In: Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani u. Rainer Schützeichel (Hg.), Die Stadt als Raumentwurf. Theorien und Projekte im Städtebau seit dem Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts, Berlin u. München 2017, S. 87-107; Images of the Body in Architecture. Anthropology and Built Space, co-edited with Jasper Cepl, Tübingen 2015.

Reinhard Kropf: Integrating Research and Design in Practice

Helen & Hard Architects, Stavanger, Oslo

31.10.2019 - 19.00

Reinhard Kropf founded together with Sv Helene Stangeland the architectural office Helen&Hard based in Stavanger and Oslo, Norway. www.hha.no He studied at the Technical University in Graz/ Austria and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design AHO, under Sverre Fehn. He was a guest teacher at Kansas State University, Lécole dárchitecture/ Paris, Bartlett University/ London and Hust University, Wohan, China and a critique in several universities like AHO or NTNU/ Norway. Reinhard Kropf has been involved in most of Helen & Hard`s projects, several of them have received national and international honours and awards, including twice the Norwegian National Award for Building and Environmental Design for the Pulpit Rock Mountain Lodge and the Vennesla Library. Reinhard Kropf has written, published and lectured extensively all over the world about their practice and research on sustainable architecture and timber architecture. Helen & Hard have won several competitions including the Norway Pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010 and have a comprehensive body of built work. They have exhibited internationally, including Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen or Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Johann Moser: Designing Attention - How Content Becomes Form in Exhibition Design and Museums

TU Graz / BWM Architekten, Wien

07.11.2019 - 19.00

Johann Moser is the mastermind behind the cultural projects of BWM Architekten, Vienna. Together with Daniela Walten and Erich Bernard, he is also one of the founders of BWM Architekten. Trained as an artist, his work focuses on the development and conception of exhibition designs – for example for the Literature Museum of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, for the display collection of the Salzburg Museum or for the Lower Austrian annual exhibitions in 2015. He was also in charge of the design of the Austrian Pavilion for the Expo 2017 in Astana/Kazakhstan, in the context of which he realized an interactive installation, for which he received the Red Dot Award for “Communication Design” in 2018. Most recently, he has developed a museum’s quarter for the city of Ostrava and designed the „House of Austrian History“ in Vienna´s Hofburg. His projects also include: Museum of Literature at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, permanent exhibition Salzburg Museum, permanent exhibition Volkskundemuseum Graz, archaeological museum in Schloss Eggenberg - Universalmuseum Joanneum Graz.

Sophia Psarra: The Venice Variations: Between Unconscious Architectural Production and Conscious Architectural Design

The Bartlett School of Architecture, London

28.11.2019 - 19.00

Sophia Psarra is a Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), where she is the Director of MPhil/PhD History and Theory. Her research focuses on the relationship between spatial form, human activity and cultural meaning in buildings, cities and urban settlements. She has collaborated with leading cultural institutions, such as the MoMA (NY) and the Natural History Museum in London, on the interactions between layout, exhibition narratives and visitor’s experience. As a practicing architect she has won first prizes in international architectural competitions. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the George Pompidou Centre, NAI Rotterdam, London, Berlin, Milan and Athens. Psarra has lectured at Universita IUAV di Venezia, The Architectural Association (AA), GSAAP, Columbia University, Syracuse University, University of Oxford, University of Witwatersrand, Pontificia Universitad Catolica de Chile and The Smithsonian Institution among others. Publications include: Architecture and Narrative - The Formation of Space and Cultural Meaning (Routledge 2009), The Venice Variations - Tracing the Architectural Imagination (UCL Press, 2018), The Production Sites of Architecture (ed. Routledge 2019).

Wolfgang Sonne: Urban Neighbourhoods Instead of Housing Estates: 10 Principles of Urban Design

TU Dortmund

02.12.2019 - 19.00

Wolfgang Sonne is professor for history and theory of architecture at TU Dortmund University, scientific director of the Baukunstarchiv NRW and deputy director of the Deutsches Institut für Stadtbaukunst. He studied art history and archaeology in Munich, Paris and Berlin and finished his PhD at the ETH Zurich. He taught at the ETH Zurich and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His publications include: Representing the State. Capital City Planning in the Early Twentieth Century, 2003; Die Medien der Architektur, ed., 2011; Urbanity and Density in Twentieth Century Urban Design, 2017; Städtebau der Normalität. Der Wiederaufbau urbaner Stadtquartiere im Ruhrgebiet, ed., 2018.

Silvia Benedito: Making-Explicit the Implicit: From the Constructed to the Sensed (or vice-versa)

TU Graz / Harvard Graduate School of Design

09.01.2020 - 19.00

Silvia Benedito is the co-principal of OFICINAA, an award-winning architecture, and urban design office based in Ingolstadt (Germany), an Associate Professor at Harvard GSD, Cambridge, MA and guest-professor at Graz University of Technology in winter 2019/20. Before establishing her office and teaching path, she was a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations in NYC. Benedito’s design work received various awards and recognitions including the finalists of the NYC MoMA Young Architects program in 2018, and the Fernando Távora Prize from the Portuguese Architectural League. Her research, teaching, publications and design work is focused on the impacts of atmospheric phenomena for civic activation and psychophysiological wellbeing in the constructed environment. Benedito is the co-editor of the book Thermodynamic Interactions: An Exploration into Physiological, Material and Territorial Atmospheres (ACTAR, 2016), the co-author of Landscape Tunings: An urban park at the Danube (ACTAR, 2017), the and the author of the forthcoming book titled Atmosphere Anatomies: On Design, Weather and Sensation with photographs by Iwan Baan (Lars Müller, Winter 2020).

Hans-Christian von Herrmann: The City As Programmable Environment: Nicolas Schöffer and the New Topologies of Urban Design and Planning

TU Berlin

16.01.2020 - 19.00

Hans-Christian von Herrmann is Professor for Literary Studies (Literature and Science) at Technische Universität Berlin. His research is concerned with media aesthetics, the ecology of media and knowledge research. Von Hermann studied German, theater and art history at Freie Universität Berlin and Ruhr University Bochum. He holds a PhD in German studies from Ruhr University Bochum and a Habilitation in theater studies from Leipzig Universität. He has been previously employed and conducted research at institutions such as Princeton University, New York University, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Freie Universität Berlin, University of Konstanz, Universität Duisburg-Essen, the Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy in Weimar and the Centre for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin. From 2011 to 2016 he lead a research project funded by the DFG which addressed the Zeiss Planetarium as a hyperreal environment. The results were published in a book which came out in 2018: Zum Planetarium: Wissensgeschichtliche Studien (Paderborn). Two essays recently came out in English: "Odyssey without Nostos, or, From Globe to Planet“ (Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, 1, 2018); "Media Culture: "Bildung" in the Information Age“ (The Technological Introject: Friedrich Kittler between Implementation and the Incalculable, ed. Jeffrey Champlin, Antje Pfannkuchen, New York 2018).

Lecture Series 2018/19

Edward Denison: Critiquing the Canon: Towards a Planetary History of Architecture

The Bartlett School of Architecture, London

08.11.2018 - 19.00

Edward Denison is a Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), where he is also Director of the MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environments. His research focuses on architectural historiography and modernity outside common perceptions of ‘the west’. Over the past two decades he has worked on a variety of research and heritage projects in different global contexts, including Asia, Africa and Europe. In 2016 and 2017, he won the RIBA President’s Medal for Research for his work on the UNESCO World Heritage Nomination of Asmara, the modernist capital of Eritrea, and for his work on Ultra-Modernism in Manchuria respectively. Publications include Architecture and the Landscape of Modernity in China before 1949 (Routledge, 2017); Ultra-Modernism – Architecture and Modernity in Manchuria (HKUP, 2017); Luke Him Sau, Architect: China’s Missing Modern (Wiley, 2014); The Life of the British Home – An Architectural History (Wiley, 2012); McMorran & Whitby (RIBA, 2009); Modernism in China: Architectural Visions and Revolutions (Wiley, 2008); Building Shanghai: The Story of China’s Gateway (Wiley, 2006); and Asmara – Africa’s Secret Modernist City (Merrell, 2003).

Marcel Smets: Designing Infrastructure Today: Relevance and Paradigms

KU Leuven

28.11.2018 - 19.00

Marcel Smets has studied architecture, engineering (University of Ghent, 1970) and urban design (Technical University Delft, 1974). He obtained a PhD from the University of Leuven (1976), where he was appointed to the chair of Urbanism in 1978. He has been active in theory and history with monographies on Huib Hoste (1972), Charles Buls (1995/ 1999), the Belgian garden cities (L’Avènement de la Cité-Jardin en Belgique, 1977) and the reconstruction of Belgium after 1914 (Resurgam, 1985). He served as a critic for Archis, Topos, Lotus, Casabella and as juror for many competitions. Smets was founding member of the ILAUD (Urbino,1978), visiting professor at the University of Thessaloniki (1987), and Design Critic at the Harvard University GSD (2002, 2003, 2004). He was an active collaborator and later member of the scientific committee for EUROPAN (1995-2004); and worked as member and later as chairman of the CSO (Scientific and Steering Committee) for the Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement (2007-2015). From 1989 to 2001, he founded and directed Projectteam Stadsontwerp, a design based research group at the Leuven University, specialized in the urban re-appropriation of abandoned industrial areas and outworn infrastructures. In this function, he acted as chief urban designer for widely published conversion projects, such as the transformation of the Railway Station area , the Arsenal and Canal docks at Leuven (Melding Town and Track. The railway area project at Leuven, 2002), and Central Station surroundings in Antwerp (B), the village center in Hoeilaart (B), Cornigliano harbor and RIVA steel works in Genova (I), the harbor industrial development area in Rouen(F). From 2002 onward, Smets continued a significant design practice as consultant in various office combinations. He acted as chief designer for competitions and projects in Caorle (I), Conegliano (I), Durance Valley (F), Voltri (I), Porto (P), Rungis (F) and Isle de Nantes (F). In 2015, he joined forces with Alexander D’Hooghe, his former student and collaborator, and became advisor and partner in ORG Urbanism. With this Brussels based office, he worked on projects for the Antwerp Ring Coverage (2015-18), River Dender in Aalst (2015-17), Europa Avenue Genk (2016-18), Redevelopment Viaduct E411 in Brussels (2016-18), Re-appropriation B401 viaduct in Ghent (2016-17), Urban Image Plan Canal Area Brussels (2017-2018). In June 2005, Smets was appointed Chief Architect for the Flemish Region, a five year mandate in which he managed the public design commissions for the Government. In line with his design practice, Smets’ research interest has recently shifted to infrastructure as a means of (re)structuring cities and landscapes. In 2010, he co-authored with K. Shannon the influential book on The Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructure. In 2009, Smets was elected to the Royal Academy of Belgium, Section of the Arts. In 2014, he was granted the Prize of the MO-RO Foundation, and received the Matexi Legacy Award in 2016.

Peter Riepl: Porosity, in Support of an Open Society

Technische Universität Graz

29.11.2018 - 19.00

Peter Riepl studied architecture at the University of Innsbruck. He is one of the directors of “Riepl Riepl Architekten“ studio in Linz and „Riepl Kaufmann Bammer Architektur“ studio in Vienna. He worked as visiting professor at University of Kassel, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Technical University Darmstadt and was part of the architectural advisory boards of Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft, chairman of the Salzburg design advisory board and member of the design advisory boards of Regensburg and Passau. Projects: RISC Research institute Hagenberg / OK Offenes Kulturhaus Linz / Church St. Franziskus, Steyr / 09 Hafenhalle, Linz / Nursing Home Liesing, Vienna / “Wohnzimmer” Sonnwendviertel, Vienna / Media Center ORF Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Vienna / University of Applied Arts, Vienna / JKU Campus Linz. Awards: Austrian “ZV” Client Award (1990, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2013, 2015), Cultural Award of Upper Austria (1989), Architecture Award of Burgenland (2004), Architecture Award “New Alpine Architecture” Sexten (2006), Timber Construction Award Upper Austria (2003, 2009), Timber Construction Award Vorarlberg (2007, 2x 2013).

Kristen Kreider & James O’Leary: KITES, CLOUDS, FILTH & ORDER: Conditions of a Situated Practice

Goldsmiths College, London (Kreider) & The Bartlett School of Architecture, London (O’Leary)

17.01.2019 - 19.00

Kristen Kreider is Professor of Fine Art and Director of the PhD Programme at Goldsmiths College, London. James O’Leary is Associate Professor and Director of the MA Situated Practice programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London. Kreider + O’Leary are a poet and an architect who collaborate to make work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest such as prisons, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens, protest sites and desert environments. Combining visual, spatial and poetic practices, they develop performance, installation and video work and instigate architectural interventions directly on-site. Their work has been exhibited widely, including at the Tate, the Royal Academy and The Whitechapel in London as well as in gallery venues and sites across the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, South America and Japan. Kreider is the author of Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subjects and Site (I.B. Taurus, 2014). Kreider + O’Leary have co-authored two books: Falling (Copy Press, 2015) and Field Poetics (Ma Bibliothèque, 2018). Their current research focuses on two sites of resistance from their upcoming ‘Ungovernable Spaces’ series. The first is the route of Gandhi’s infamous Salt March in Gujarat, India. The second is a cluster of contested spaces around the so-called ‘peacewalls’ of Belfast, Northern Ireland. See: http://www.kreider-oleary.net

Claudia Mareis: Creativity, Methods, and Post-War Period

FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel

24.01.2019 - 19.00

Claudia Mareis, Prof. Dr., has a background in visual communication, design research and cultural studies. Since 2013 she has been the Director of the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Culture at FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, and also the founder of Critical Media Lab. Furthermore, she acts as a PI in the Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestaltung” at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and is a member of eikones – Center for the Theory and History of the Image at the University of Basel. Her research interests are design as epistemic culture, design and crisis, intersections between design, media and science research, as well as the history of creativity and problem-solving techniques. Recent publications include: Designing Thinking. Angewandte Imagination und Kreativität um 1960. München 2016; Manifestationen im Entwurf. Design – Architektur – Ingenieurwesen, with Schmitz, Thomas; Häußling, Roger; Mareis, Claudia; Groninger Hannah, Bielefeld 2016, Poetics and Politics of Data. Ambivalenz des Lebens in der Datengesellschaft, with Sabine Himmelsbach, Basel 2015; Theorien des Designs zur Einführung, Hamburg 2014; Design als Wissenskultur. Interferenzen zwischen Design- und Wissensdiskursen seit 1960. Bielefeld 2011.

Lecture Series 2017/18

Antoine Picon: Architecture and the Digital: A Question of Materiality

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

02.10.2017 - 19.00

Antoine Picon is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Director of Research at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is also Director of Research at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and Chairman of the Fondation Le Corbusier. Trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, Picon works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present. He has published extensively on this subject. Four of his books are devoted to the transition from early-modern societies to the industrial era: French Architects and Engineers in the Age of Enlightenment (1988, English translation 1992), Claude Perrault (1613-1688) ou la curiosité d’un classique (1988), L’Invention de L’ingénieur moderne, L’Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées 1747-1851 (1992), and Les Saint-Simoniens: Raison, Imaginaire, et Utopie (2002).
With La Ville territoire des cyborgs (1998), Picon began to investigate the changes brought to cities and architecture by the development of digital tools and digital culture. His three most recent books are dealing extensively with this question. Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Profession (2010), Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity (2013), and Smart Cities: A Spatialised Intelligence (2015).

Tim Ingold: What if the City were an Ocean, and its Buildings Ships?

University of Aberdeen

19.10.2017 - 19.00

Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Following 25 years at the University of Manchester, Ingold moved in 1999 to Aberdeen, where he established the UK’s newest Department of Anthropology. Ingold has carried out ethnographic fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, the role of animals in human society, issues in human ecology, and evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. In his more recent work, he has explored the links between environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold is currently writing and teaching on issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. He is the author of The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making (2013) and The Life of Lines (2015).

Alexander Hagner: Edges: Working on Spatial and Social Borders

Graz University of Technology / Carinthia University of Applied Sciences / gaupenraub+/-

16.11.2017 - 19.00

Alexander Hagner is the Endowed Chair for Social Architecture at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and Guest Professor at Graz University of Technology, Institute of Housing. Before graduating in architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 1995, he completed a carpentry apprenticeship. Since 2000 he has been teaching at different academic institutions and design schools. Together with Ulrike Schartner, he founded gaupenraub+/-(https://architektur.se/) in 1999, an open office for architecture, design, and urban strategies which focuses on the development of alternative architecture projects for homeless people, for example, the emergency overnight accommodation VinziRast 2004, the flat share shelter VinziRast-WG 2010, or the VinziRast-mittendrin in 2013. Currently gaupenraub+/- is realising the very low-threshold housing project VinziDorf Wien together with voluntary workers.
Alexander Hagner’s most important awards include the Urban Living Award 2013 and the Bauherrenpreis 2014 for VinziRast-mittendrin. He was also nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015.

Deland Chan: Advancing a Human-Centered Approach to Cities: Methods and Approaches of the Stanford Human Cities Initiative

Stanford University

23.11.2017 - 19.00

Deland Chan teaches in the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University and leads the Human Cities Initiative. She has spent the past decade working to develop initiatives that advance equitable approaches to urban sustainability, transportation, and public space. At Stanford, Deland teaches project-based studios, Sustainable Cities and International Urbanization, where students collaborate with NGOs and government agencies on sustainability projects. Her research focuses on participatory planning methods and urban sustainability frameworks. Deland completed her undergraduate studies in Urban Studies and Sociology from Stanford University and graduate studies in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Recent publications: "ICT-Enabled Cross-Cultural Education in Sustainable Urbanization", American Society of Civil Engineers International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, 2017, “Renewing Places for People: Training Human-Centered Designers and Planners to Foster Inclusive Cities”, Future of Places Conference Proceedings, 2015, “Addressing Air Pollution Impacts on Senior Citizens in Beijing, China: The International Urbanization Seminar” in: Abendroth, Lisa M., and Bryan Bell (eds.): Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies. Routledge, forthcoming.

Angelika Schnell: Research on and with Architectural Design

Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

30.11.2017 - 19.00

Angelika Schnell is professor for architecture theory and history at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She studied theatre science and architecture at the LMU Munich, the TU Berlin and the TU Delft and received her awarded PhD on the theoretical work on Aldo Rossi in 2009. From 1993 until 2001 she worked as an editor of the architecture theory magazine ARCH+ and hold several teaching positions in architectural history and theory at the Technical University Berlin, the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, the University of Groningen, the University of Innsbruck. She is permanent member of the editorial boards of the magazines ARCH+ and Candide (journal for architectural knowledge) and co-editor of the Bauwelt Fundamente, a renowned book series on architecture theory. Among her numerous international publications are: Entwerfen Erforschen. Der “performative turn” im Architekturstudium, Birkhäuser, Basel/Berlin 2016; BIG!BAD? MODERN: (eds.), A research project by the Institute for Art and Architecture, Vienna, Park Books, Zurich 2015; „Den Entwurf entwerfen (To Design the Design)“, in: Margitta Buchert (ed.), Reflexives Entwerfen – Reflexive Design, Jovis, Berlin 2014, 166-187; Die Konstruktion des Wirklichen – Eine systematische Untersuchung der geschichtstheoretischen Position in der Architekturtheorie Aldo Rossis, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart 2009.

Lecture Series 2016/17

Andrew Herscher: Black and Blight

Stanford University/University of Michigan

10.10.2016 - 19.00

Trained as an architect and historian of architecture, Andrew Herscher studies the spatial politics of humanitarian and human rights issues, displacement and migration, collective identity and memory, and contemporary art and architecture. He works both in the academy and in hybrid public collaborations that have included the Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, an open-access platform for the study of urban crisis; the We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective; and Detroit Resists, a coalition of activists, artists, architects, and community members working on behalf of an inclusive, equitable, and democratic city. Among his publications are Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict, published by Stanford University Press in 2010; The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2012; and Displacements: Architecture and Refugee, forthcoming from Sternberg Press.

Markus Penell: It‘s Baukunst

Graz University of Technology / O&O Baukunst, Berlin

17.11.2016 - 19.00

Markus Penell studied architecture and urban and regional planning in Berlin. Since 1996 he is working at O&O Baukunst. Since 2001 he has been managing the Berlin office and since 2011 he is one of the six managing partners. He is largely responsible for urban development master plans, such as the plan work for downtown Berlin. In addition to various other projects, he was responsible for the district center Think-K in Stuttgart, which combines a master plan from O&O Baukunst by David Chipperfield Architects, Baumschlager Eberle, and KCAP. Currently he is supervising the projects: “Urbane Mitte Gleisdreieck”, Berlin and “Alexander Berlin Capital Tower”, a 150 metres high tower at Berlin‘s famous Alexanderplatz. Markus Penell is currently a Guest-Professor at Graz University of Technology at the Institute of Design and Building Typology. Recent publications: Portfolio O&O Baukunst (Berlin: Jovis, 2015); GrossBigUrban (Institut für Gebäudelehre TU Graz, 2015); O&O Baukunst Issue 2015, Issue 2014, Issue 2013, annual review. Lectures and Teaching (selection): In 2015 Visiting Professor at Graz University of Technology, Institute of Design and Building Typology: “GrossBigUrban – Grossform am Gleisdreieck Berlin”; in 2015 Visiting Professor at Ilia University of Tbilisi, DesignWorkshop “TrolleyStationTbilisi”; in 2014 Bauwelt Congress: “Generation City – Urbanity Without a Concept?”; in 2014 Graz University of Technology, Institute of Design and Building Typology: “Stadtgrazer”; in 2013 International Design Workshop “Neubau Agrartechnisches Institut Potsdam” Potsdam School of Architecture (ehem. FH Potsdam).

Aglaée Degros: Mobility Space, Research and Design

Graz University of Technology

12.01.2017 - 19.00

Aglaée Degros (born in Leuven, Belgium) is the head of the Institute of Urbanism at Graz University of Technology. In the past she has been a visiting professor and guest lecturer at several architecture institutions throughout Europe, including the Academy of Architecture in Arnhem (2015), the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam (2014). She had a professorship of Urban Culture and Public Space at Vienna University of Technology (2010), and was visiting professor at the Vrije University in Brussels. Aglaée Degros is, together with Stefan Bendiks, cofounder of Artgineering (2001), an office for urban planning and infrastructure based in Brussels. Their work has won several awards, such as the Karl Hofer award of the UdK Berlin and Europan 6. Recent publications: A. Degros/M. De Cleene: Brussels, [re]discovering its spaces / Bruxelles, à la [re]conquête de ses espaces / Brussel [her]verovert haar Buitenruimte, 2014; S. Bendiks/A. Degros: Fietsinfrastructuur - Cycle infrastructure, nai010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 2013; Artgineering: N4 - toward a living infrastructure!, A16 Editions, Brussels, 2008.

Stephan Gregory: Jesuit Tropics. Spatial Politics of the Jesuit Missions in Colonial Brazil

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

19.01.2017 - 19.00

Stephan Gregory studied medicine in Marburg and Berlin, philosophy and German literature at the Universities of Munich and Vienna. From 1998 to 2004 he worked as a lecturer of Media Theory and Cultural Studies at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart. In 2007 he received his PhD with a thesis on the epistemological policies of 18th century‘s secret societies. From 2010 to 2016 he has been assistant professor for the History of Media and the Media of History at Bauhaus-University of Weimar. He is conducting the research project “Mimesis Tropical” within the DFG research team Media and Mimesis, based in Weimar. In the winter semester 2016-2017 he is a fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) in Weimar. Recent publications include: Media in action. From Exorcism to Mesmerism. In: communication +1, Vol. 4 (2015), Article 3. Available at: scholarworks.umass.edu/cpo/vol4/iss1/3. Rousseaus Experimente. Wie man zur Natur zurückkehrt. In: Maud Meyzaud (ed): Arme Gemeinschaft. Rousseaus Moderne, (Berlin: b_books, 2015), S. 20-48. Leuchtende Luft. Mimesis des Atmosphärischen bei Aretino und Tizian, in: Urs Büttner and Ines Theilen (eds): Phänomene der Atmosphäre. Ein Kompendium, (upcoming, 2017). Cartesian illuminations. Descartes and the Transfers of Light between Physics and Philosophy. In: Ronit Milano and Ruth Lubashevsky (eds): Light in a Socio-Cultural Perspective, (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, upcoming, 2017).

Carlotta Darò: The Geometry of Sound. On Gustave Lyon Acoustician.

Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris Malaquais, ENSAPM

26.01.2017 - 19.00

Carlotta Darò is an Assistant Professor at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris Malaquais (ENSAPM), France where she is also a member of Laboratoire Infrastructure, Architecture, Territoire (LIAT). She is an art historian whose work explores the impact of sound technologies, telecommunications infrastructures, and media on modern architectural and urban theories. Carlotta Darò obtained her MA from Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Italy and her MPhil and PhD from Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. She was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Center for Architecture (2008) and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History & Communication Studies at McGill University (2009-11), both in Montreal, Canada. She has recently published Sound avant-garde in architecture (Les presses du réel, 2013) and Les Murs du Son (Editions B2, 2015), and is the organizer of the international conference on The Architectural Acoustics: Theories, Practices, Cultures at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (October 2016).

Lecture Series 2015/16

Daniel Wetzel: One Archive: One Document

Rimini Protokoll, Berlin

13.10.2015 - 19.00

Daniel Wetzel has studied Applied Theatre Sciences in Giessen and since 2000 has been collaborating with Helgard Haug and Stefan Kaegi, under the label Rimini Protokoll. They work in the field of theatre and related forms, a team of author-directors in constellations of two or three and solo as well. At the focus of their work lies the continuous development of the tools of the theater to allow for unusual perspectives on our reality. They are engaged in various independent forms of artistic research and have received several awards including the Solver Lion of the Venice Theater Biennale, the German National Theater Award Der Faust, the Excellence Award of the Japan Media Arts Festival. Publication: Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel): ABCD. Edited by Johannes Birgfeld. Berlin 2012. http://www.rimini-protokoll.de/website/de/index.php

Bas Smets: The Invention of Landscape

Graz University of Technology / Bureau Bas Smets, Brussels

03.11.2015 - 19.00

Bas Smets received a master’s degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven, and a postgraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture from the University of Geneva. He has taught landscape architecture in the La Cambre School of Architecture in Brussels, in the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Versailles. He regularly gives lectures at a number of institutions, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris. He is currently guest-professor at the Graz University of Technology at the Institute of Architecture and Landscape.

In 2008, he was awarded the French prize for young landscape architects 'Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes'. His office, founded in Brussels in 2007, currently employs 15 architects and landscape architects. Bas Smets works on landscape designs in many countries and has delivered projects in more than different 10 countries. He has been appointed the general commissioner of the 2017 edition of the Biennial of architecture of Bordeaux.

Recent publications include: Bas Smets: Landscape Stories. Brussels 2015; Bureau Bas Smets: Paysages: 3 Expositions. Brussels 2014 J. Desimini/Bas Smets: Territories of Engagement: Interview with Bas Smets. In: Harvard Design Magazine 36 (2013), pp. 38-39; Bas Smets: Brussels. City of Tributary Valleys. In: Marleen Wynants/Goedele Nuyttens (Hg.): Bridges over Troubled Water. Brussels 2012, pp. 241-250. http://www.bassmets.be/practice/publications

Milica Tomić: Returns of Knowledge: Art, Violence and Subjugated Knowledge

Graz University of Technology

19.11.2015 - 19.00

Milica Tomić [born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia] is the head of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Graz University of Technology and professor at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art /NTNU in Norway [2014/15]. She explores different genres and methods of artistic practice that center on investigating, unearthing, and bringing to public debate issues related to political violence, economic underpinnings and social amnesia. Tomić is a founding member of a New Yugoslav art/theory group Grupa Spomenik [2002] and Four Faces of Omarska [2010], and she has participated in international exhibitions such as 24th Sao Paulo Biennale [1998], 49th/50th Venice Biennale [2001/2003]; 8th International Istanbul Biennial [2003]; 15th Sydney Biennale [2006]; After Year Zero /Forensis, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany [2013/2014], Invisible Violence, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria [2014]; The School of Kyiv - The Biennial [2015].

Marc Hoppermann: Research by Design

UNStudio, Amsterdam

26.11.2015 - 19.00

After his studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf and the Technical University in Vienna, Marc Hoppermann joined UNStudio Amsterdam in 2006. In addition to his project responsibilities as a Senior Architect/ Associate, Marc is heading the Smart Parameter Platform, the office’s knowledge platform for design computing, digital fabrication and Building Information Modeling (http://www.unstudio.com/research/spp/). In addition to the activities as an architect he is an educator in the field of computational design. He held a professorship (interim) at the University of Applied Science in Trier in 2012, where he led the department for digital design and he has taught courses at various universities in Europe. Publications: M. Hoppermann/H. Reuvers/P. Nap: Design to Installation of a free-form roof cladding with a flexible mould. In: Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015: Amsterdam Future Visions; M. Van Veen/M. Hoppermann/A. Dingsté: Innovations in the design and production of a free form shell structure - The building of the public transport terminal Arnhem. In: Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2015, Amsterdam Future Visions; G. Fagerström/M. Hoppermann/N. Almeida/M. Zangerl/S. Rocchetti/B. Van Berkel (UNStudio): softBIM: An Open Ended Building Information Model in Design Practice. In: M. Cabrinha/J. K. Johnson/K. Steinfeld (eds.): Synthetic Digital Ecologies: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design. In: Architecture (ACADIA), San Francisco, 2012, pp. 37-46.

Andreas Fuchs: New Adventures in Research and Development

FAT LAB Stuttgart / University of Applied Sciences RheinMain Wiesbaden

03.12.2015 - 19.00

Andreas Fuchs is the founder of FAT LAB, Stuttgart and Professor for building technologies and design at the University of Applied Sciences RheinMain, Wiesbaden. As a result of numerous research and development projects, FAT LAB have been raising emerging topics by presenting various prototypes at international trade fairs. Resulting products and concept studies, e.g. CTB, a micro solar shading design, developed in cooperation with Schüco, have been honored with the Reddot Design Award, iF Design Award, Innovation Award For Glass And Architecture and have been nominated for the German Design Award 2016. Current Publications include: Fuchs, Andreas/Peters, Stefan/Hans, Oliver/Möhring, Jörg: Schüco Parametric System - Uniqueness in Series. In: Oliver Englhardt (Hg.): Proceedings oft he International Conference: Advanced Building Skins, Graz 2015, 31-36; Fuchs, Andreas/Ernst, Frederik: Opak und fugenlos. In: DBZ 9/2015, 60-63; Fuchs, Andreas/Pelzer, Michael: Parametrisches Fassadensystem. In: Glasbau 2014, 314-321.

Lecture Series 2014/15

David Gissen: When Architecture was History

California College of the Arts

30.10.2014 - 19.00

David Gissen is a historian of architecture, landscape and urbanism. His writing and historical projects offer alternative histories of nature and landscape in the built environment. He is the author of the books Subnature (2009), Manhattan Atmospheres (2014), and Territory (2010) and the projects "The Mound of Vendome" (Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2014), "Museums of the City" (Landscape Futures, Nevada Museum of Art), and "Pittsburgh Reconstruction" (2006-10). He is an associate professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts.

Andreas Trummer: Robotic Informed Material Systems

Graz University of Technology

20.11.2014 - 19.00

Andreas Trummer is co-director of the Institute for Structural Design at Graz University of Technology, where he is heading the robotic laboratories. He teaches courses in structural design and structural robotics, as well as design studios related to question of material fabrication and structures. Trummer received his Diplom-Ingenieur degree in Civil Engineering from Graz University of Technology and a Doctoral Degree from Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

Trummer’s research shifts significantly form a more engineering prospective to a more design related approach. This research focuses on integration of robotic technology into fabrication and construction processes for structural systems made of concrete and timber. His projects are realized in collaboration with industry partners as well as in collaboration with the faculties of mechanical and civil engineering. Trummer was a research fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013, where he explored structural ceramic systems, presented in exhibitions in Valencia and Vienna. The latest results are documented in his habilitation thesis, presented in 2014. His most recent publications include: ‘Mill to Fit’ / [En]Coding Architecture (Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, 2014), ‘Mill to Fit: The Robarch’ / Rob Arch – Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design (Wien: Springer, 2013), ‘Beyond Parametric Design’ / advanced building skins (Graz 2012).

Martin Bechthold: Happy Accidents?

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Graz University of Technology

11.12.2014 - 19.00

Martin Bechthold is Professor of Architectural Technology at the Graduate School of Design (Harvard University), director of the Material Processes and Systems Group (MaPS), and director of the GSD’s Doctor of Design Program. Bechthold’s interdisciplinary research on material systems investigates and develops novel strategies and solutions for construction at multiple scales. Current projects explore design robotics and strategic customization for architectural ceramics, and contribute to integrating questions of life cycle design into sustainable building design. He co-leads the interdisciplinary Adaptive Living Environments (ALivE) group, a research collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Design and scientist from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The group is developing new adaptive material systems based on nano-technologies. Recent work has led to several inventions and publications of novel material systems focused on enhancing building performance and occupant’s experiences. The Wyss Institute recently appointed Bechthold as Associate Faculty.

Bechthold is the co-author of Structures (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2013) and Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (Newark: John Wiley and Sons, 2005) as well as the author of Innovative Surface Structures (Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis, 2008), a book that addresses the increasing conflation of structural design and digital fabrication techniques through the microcosm of thin shells and membranes. His forthcoming book ‘Ceramic Material Systems’ with Birkhäuser will be the first comprehensive review of innovation in ceramic construction systems. Bechthold holds a doctor of design degree from Harvard University, and a Diplom-Ingenieur in Architecture degree from the RWTH Aachen, Germany. At the TU Graz Bechthold is visiting professor at the Institute für Tragwerksentwurf (ITE), co-teaches the studio ‘Ceramic Re:Visions’ and continues his research collaboration with ITE faculty.

Franziska Hederer: On the Oscillating Boundaries of Architecture

Graz University of Technology

18.12.2014 - 19.00

Franziska Hederer works as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Spatial Design at Graz University of Technology. Since 1992 Hederer has been involved in and worked on motion performances in public spaces. In this context she primarily focuses on the notions of the perception and appropriation of space. She experimentally contemplates and investigates this topic which lies at the intersections between architecture, the habitual and ordinary, and research and art.

Hederer studied Architecture at Graz University of Technology (AT) and Delft University of Technology (NL) She holds a Diplom-Ingenieur degree in Architecture from Graz University of Technology and earned her PhD with a dissertation on The Texture of Space: On the Analysis of Spatialities in 2003 at Graz University of Technology. She has been guest lecturer at the Technical University of Liverpool (UK), KTH-Stockholm (SE) and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her most recent publications include: ‚The Adventure of Arriving’ / Spatial Explorations (Center for Intermediality Studies in Graz 2010), ‚Delimiting Sense and Sensibility’ / Thinking Space (Sulgen/Zürich: niggli Verlag 2010), ‚Positions on the Appropriation of Space’ / Space and Juvenile Labour (Berlin-Wien: LIT-Verlag 2014)

Markus Krajewski: (Re-)Constructing the Conscience. About German Post-War Architecture and its Media

University of Basel

8.1.2015 - 19.00

Markus Krajewski is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is the author of Paper Machines. About Cards & Catalogs, 1548–1929 (The MIT Press, 2011), Der Diener. Mediengeschichte einer Figur zwischen König und Klient (S. Fischer, 2010) [= The Servant. Media History of a Figure between King and Client, Yale University Press 2016], and of Restlosigkeit: Weltprojekte um 1900 (S. Fischer, 2006) [= World Projects. Global Information Before World War I, University of Minnesota Press, 2014]. His current research projects include the problem of planned obsolescence, media and architecture, epistemology of the peripheral, and the history of exactitude in scholarly and scientific contexts. He is also developer and maintainer of the bibliography software synapsen—a hypertextual card index (www.verzetteln.de/synapsen). For further information see: gtm.mewi.unibas.ch.

Christina Vagt: Parts, Wholes, and the City. Buckminster Fuller and the Delos-Symposia

Berlin Institut of Technology

15.1.2015 - 19.00

Christina Vagt teaches cultural and media theories at the Institute of Philosophy, Literature, and the History of Science and Technology at the Berlin Institute of Technology. In 2013 she was visiting professor for media history and media theory at Bauhaus University Weimar, and in 2012 she was visiting fellow and Fulbright scholar at the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. She is the author of Geschickte Sprünge. Physik und Medium bei Martin Heidegger (Berlin-Zürich: Diaphanes, 2012) and of numerous essays on cultural technologies, media, and aesthetics. She is the editor of the first German edition of Henri Bergson’s book on Einstein’s theory of relativity: Henri Bergson, Dauer und Gleichzeitigkeit (Hamburg: Philo Fine Arts, forthcoming), and together with Florian Sprenger, she is the co-editor of: “The Afterlives of Systems”, Communication+1, Vol. 3, 2014 (www.communication+1.com)

Lecture Series 2013/14

R. Shane Williamson: Incremental

University of Toronto

24.10.2013 - 19.00

Ardeashir Mahdavi: On the Expanding Horizon of Research in Building Pysics

TU Wien

21.10.2013 - 18.00

Silke Steets: Architecture, Sociologically, Considered

TU Darmstadt

28.11.2013 - 18.00

Johannes Fiedler: Privatisation: On Compounds, Public Space, Surrogates and Private Governance

Addis Ababa University

19.12.2013 - 18.00

Andreas Rumpfhuber: Architecture of Immaterial Labor


09.01.2014 - 18.00

Petra Petersson / Christina Linortner: Practice Based Research

TU Graz

16.01.2014 - 18.00

Timotheus Vermeulen: Metamodernism

Radboud University Nijmegen

23.01.2014 - 18.00

Lecture Series 2012/13

Brian Cody: Form follows Energy

Technische Universität Graz

29.11.2012 - 19.00

Andreas Lichtblau: Konstruieren von Identitäten. Die Nachverdichtung bestehender Bausubstanz

Technische Universität Graz

17.12.2012 - 19.00

Lukasz Stanek: Henri Lefebvre on Space

Center for Advanced Studies in The Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

10.01.2013 - 19.00

Wolfgang Schäffner: Neue Architekturen des Wissens. Ein interdisziplinäres Labor

Humboldt Universität Berlin

17.01.2013 - 19.00

Jane Rendell: May Mo(u)rn: A Site-Writing.

The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

24.01.2013 - 19.00

Lecture Series 2011/12

Albena Yaneva: Urban Controversies and the Making of the Social

University of Manchester

17.11.2011 - 19.00

Irmgard Frank: Raumdenken

Technische Universität Graz

24.11.2011 - 19.00

Roger Riewe: Verdichtungen und Schichtungen

Technische Universität Graz

1.12.2011 - 19.00

Wolfgang Heusgen: Buddhistisches Kulturerbe – der Wanla-Tempel in Ladakh. Angewandte Forschung: Fakten – Taten – Thesen

Technische Universität Graz

14.12.2011 - 19.00

Adrian Forty: Researching the History of an Idea: Concrete/Beton

The Bartlett School of Architecture

12.01.2012 - 19.00

Fabian Scheurer: Einfach komplex

designtoproduction, Zürich

19.01.2012 - 19.00

Bruno Reichlin: Werkzeuge zu einer kritischen Analyse der Architektur des 20. Jahrhunderts

Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio

26.01.2012 - 19.00

Lecture Series 2010/11

Marc Ries: Vom Leben in der bürgerlichen Natur: Das Wohnen

HfG Offenbach

25.11.2010 - 17.30

Stefan Peters: Transparente Experimente

Technische Universität Graz

02.12.2010 - 19.00

Klaus K. Loenhart: Integrale Landschaften. Systeme und Praktiken der Energie- und Rohstoffwende

Technische Universität Graz

17.01.2011 - 19.00

Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner: Curriculum for a Crowded City

ETH Zürich

20.01.2011 - 19.00

Hans Gangoly: WeiterBauProgramme. Die Nachverdichtung bestehender Bausubstanz

Technische Universität Graz

26.01.2011 - 19.00

Christoph Engemann: Schreibende Architekturen. Von der Auflösung des Kommandobüros im digitalen Netz

IKKM Weimar

27.01.2011 - 19.00

Ingeborg M. Rocker: Pitfalls and Potentials of Parametric Design

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

16.03.2011 - 19.00

Lecture Series 2009/10

Hasso Hohmann: Alte Städte in der Neuen Welt

Technische Universität Graz

29.10.2009 - 19.00

Reinhold Martin: Mass Customization: Architecture and Postmodernism, Again

Columbia University New York

12.11.2009 - 19.00

Urs Hirschberg: Memetic Engineering and Transparency

Technische Universität Graz

03.12.2009 - 19.00

Joachim Krausse: Sichtbare und Unsichtbare Architektur. Die Structural Study Associates (Fuller, Kiesler, Lönberg-Holm). New York 1932

IKKM Weimar/Hochschule Anhalt Dessau

10.12.2009 - 19.00

Anna Popelka / ppag: Architektur ist Forschung

ITechnische Universität Graz

21.01.2010 - 19.00

Lecture Series 2008/09

Grigor Doytchinov: Stadtbautypus in Südosteuropa

Technische Universität Graz

06.11.2008 - 19.00

Holger Neuwirth: Frühe buddhistische Architektur im westlichen Himalaya

Technische Universität Graz

27.11.2008 - 19.00

Arie Graafland & Michael Müller: Ökonomie, Kultur und Ästhetik

TU Delft & Uni Bremen

05.12.2008 - 15.00

Anselm Wagner: Reinheit und Schmutz

Technische Universität Graz

11.12.2008 - 19.00

Harald Kloft: Material – Struktur – Form

Technische Universität Graz

12.01.2009 - 14.00

Christian Schmid: Henri Lefebvre und die Produktion des Raumes. Eine Theorie und ihre Anwendung

ETH Zürich

29.01.2009 - 19.00