Benefitting from its unique setting in the art academy, Städelschule, SAC sees its experimental approach to architecture both as a privilege and disciplinary obligation. In its disciplinary pursuit, the programme situates architecture in a wider social and political context while problematising contemporary cultural problems. SAC’s master programme is highly international, reflected in both faculty and student profiles, and exclusively conducted in English. Over the last three years, more than sixty students from about 20 different countries have at any time pursued their studies in the two-year programme.

Based on the artistic platform supplied by the Städelschule and the rigorous methodology structuring contemporary architectural design, the programme is formulated as a new and innovative approach to the practice of architecture. Work at SAC pursues design problems within a small sub-set of thematic contexts which at any time are defined by the Master Thesis Studios. Each Master Thesis Studio is led by an appointed professor, guest professor or thesis advisor. Reflecting the overall programme of the school, these studios operate autonomously but reflect the culture of the art academy and SAC’s disciplinary concerns. The respective academic and experimental agendas of the Master Thesis Studios complement one another and contribute to a vital and dynamic educational programme. The complementarity of the studio programmes engenders a productive in-house exchange and discourse for the benefit of the students and the development of the experiments and projects undertaken.

While deeply rooted in the discipline of architecture, SAC benefits from the arts’ profound commitment to critical speculation and innovation. Drawing on the small school’s distinct qualities and dynamics, SAC is situated at the cusp between the critical and innovative forces of art and architecture. Through its experimental research and the excellence of its students and graduates, the programme continuously explores disciplinary specific problems and the status of architecture within contemporary society.

SAC PROGRAMME & FacultY line-up 2017-18

SAC proudly announces its faculty line-up for the academic year 2017-18 and three thesis studios led respectively by: Peter Trummer (Architecture and Urban Design); Theodore Spyropoulos of Minimaforms (Advanced Architectural Design); and Johan Bettum (Architecture and Aesthetic Practice). Damjan Jovanovic offers the first semester programme and is intimately involved with the programme of Architecture and Aesthetic Practice. Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley teach history and theory for first year students, and Daniel Birnbaum offers seminars in theory and philosophy.

In addition to its own faculty, SAC will have numerous visitors throughout the year - including its annual public lecture series in the summer semester, and the Städelschule will host a special visitors programme for architecture.

The faculty line-up is supplemented by an extensive visitors programme. In the winter semester a smaller number of renown practitioners and theorists give lectures coupled with seminars. In the summer semester, SAC offers its outstanding guest lecture series with a few accompanying seminars related to ongoing studio work or the overall programme.

SAC Journal

The SAC Journal is a periodical that documents and critically reviews projects and theoretical discussions within contemporary, architectural design culture. The projects and texts published relate to the ongoing interests and ambitions of SAC. The publication series attempts to contribute to the discipline of architecture on a critical and discursive level. Read More



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Adil Bokhari, SAC 2015

Appointed Research Fellow at ETH Zurich

14 March 2018
A graduate of SAC and mentor who taught at SAC, Dessau Institute of Architecture and currently Guest professor at Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf is appointed research fellow with Prof. Ludger Hovestadt for the Doctoral Program in Architecture & Technology at ETH.
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Sarath Saitongin, SAC 2018

coverage in the architectural review

09 March 2018
The work of SAC 2018 student Sarath Saitongin 'Through a glass lightly' was published in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of the Architectural Review.
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AAP’s project 'Narratives in Boundless Space' @ Venice Biennale 2018.

07 March 2018
'Narratives in Boundless Space' brings virtual reality to Venice in November for Goethe Institute’s programme, Performing Architecture 2018.
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27 February 2018
As of February 26 SAC takes its semester break. The summer semester commences on April 3 and ends with final thesis reviews from June 27-29.

Ferda Kolatan at SAC

13 February 2018
SAC is welcoming Ferda Kolatan who is returning to SAC this week to give a lecture and a seminar. His public lecture HYBRIDS AND MISFITS takes place this Thursday, Feb 15 at 19:00 in Städelschule Aula.
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End-of-Semester Reviews

31 January 2018
SAC’s winter semester closes with End-of-Semester Reviews. The First Semester Group presents its work on 20-21. February and the Master Thesis Studios follow on 22-23. February.
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SAC Prepares Rundgang 2018

31 January 2018
This year’s Rundgang, Städelschule’s Open House Exhibition, opens February 8 and runs with a dense programme through February 11. SAC will showcase work produced in its Master Thesis Studios as well as the First Semester Group. More details to come.


09 January 2018
SAC wishes all its collaborators, partners, students and faculty a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018!