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THE STÄDELSCHULE ARCHITECTURE CLASS (SAC) OFFERS A TWO-YEAR POSTGRADUATE MASTER OF ARTS IN ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME WITH AN EXCLUSIVE FOCUS ON ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN THROUGH RESEARCH AND INNOVATIVE EXPERIMENTS. 

Benefitting from its unique setting in the art academy, Städelschule, SAC sees its experimental and speculative 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.

PROGRAMME & FacultY line-up 2019-20

SAC's academic programme for 2019-20 centres on the three Master Thesis Studios. Peter Trummer returns to lead Architecture and Urban Design; Ulrika Karlsson heads Advanced Architectural Design; and Johan Bettum continues to lead Architecture and Aesthetic Practice.

The three studios are supported by tutors and researchers, Yeon Joo Oh (SAC19) and Anna Arlyapova (SAC18). The two also provide the main teaching input for the introductory first semester where a design studio is accompanied by technical workshops and theory seminars. The artist Stefan Wieland provides support throughout the programme for model-making, presentations and exhibitions. 

Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley return to give history and theory seminars for students in their first year at SAC, and a series of other seminars and workshops will be provided for students at various times during the academic year, including seminars that Daniel Birnbaum offers in theory and philosophy to both architecture and art students.

Annika Etter joins Johan Bettum to give Master Thesis students an introduction to writing and the two lead a small series of seminars that guide students to their successful completion of the theory paper for their final degree.

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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Yasmil Raymond

Appointed Rector

06 April 2020
The Städelschule is proud to announce the appointment of Yasmil Raymond as Rector of the Hochschule für Bildende Künste–Städelschule and Director of Portikus for a five-year term beginning April 1, 2020.
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PROGRAMME INFORMATION

30 March 2020
For more, see also Städelschule Website.
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RUNDGANG 2020 - MASTER THESIS STUDIO: AAP

14-16 FEBRUARY 2020

30 March 2020
Architecture and Aesthetic Practice (AAP) explores architecture in relation to the arts to infuse architectural design with original and critical ideas and practices. Using various technologies and mediums, AAP poses aesthetic inquiries to investigate architectural space. The work includes experimenting with new forms of representation that embrace both the production and decoding of entities within emerging symbol systems set against a wide spectrum of technology driven processes.
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RUNDGANG 2020 - MASTER THESIS STUDIO: AUD

14-16 FEBRUARY 2020

30 March 2020
The studio of Architecture and Urban Design (AUD) looks to the contemporary urban condition and pursues new models of architecture in the city. While intimately wedded to the disciplinary history of architecture through its dominant forms of representation - drawing and modelling - AUD sees the relationship between architecture and the city as a symbiotic and dual force forming the environment that we occupy.
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Rundgang 2020 - Master Thesis Studio: AAD

14-16 FEBRUARY 2020

30 March 2020
Advanced Architectural Design (AAD) engages with architecture as the sensual and critical interplay of individual and collective imaginations, material forms and inhabitable space, as well as flows of technologically mediated processes and effects. AAD sees architectural design as a vital and vanguard force in the transformation and future of urban culture, capable of responding to and staging individual and collective interests, private and public desires as well as social and political realities.
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RUNDGANG 2020 - FIRST SEMESTER GROUP

14-16 FEBRUARY 2020

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'Theatre of Dependencies', 'Laboratorio für Niedertracht und Sinnlichkeit 8' and '19LINK2'
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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.)

about Städelschule Architecture Class

03 March 2020
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) has published an article by Rainer Schulze about Städelschule Architecture Class.
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SAC Semester Break

24 February - 22 March 2020
As of February 24 SAC takes its semester break. The summer semester commences on March 23 and ends with final thesis reviews from July 1-2.