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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Semester Start

15 October 2018
SAC commences the new academic year 2018-2019 on October 15. We are looking forward to welcoming our new students soon and to see our second-year-group again after the summer break.
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9 July - 15 October 2018
SAC is currently on summer break. The courses for the winter semester start again on October 15. In the meantime, SAC wishes everyone a happy summer vacation!
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Günter Bock Prize Winners 2018

27-29. June 2018
This year’s Günter Bock Prize was awarded to SAC first year students Soonam Lee and André Zakhia for their outstanding mapping project of Venice, Italy. The prize is generously supported by the Stiftung Städelschule für Baukunst and the Nassauische Heimstätte Wohnungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH.
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26-29. June 2018
The students end their one-year long research and experimentations with a final design proposal which they present to a jury consitisting of SAC faculty member and invited guests. (Photo by: Soubhi Baraghit)
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End-of-Year Reviews 2018 - First Year Group

26-27. June 2018
The students end their one-year long research and experimentations with a final design proposal which they present to a jury consitisting of SAC faculty member and invited guests: David Ruy | Daniel Norell | Kathrin Aste | Melike Altinisik | Adil Bokhari | Mark Wigley | Beatriz Colomina | Wolf D. Prix | Daniel Birnbaum | Peter Trummer | Theodore Spyropoulos | Damjan Jovanovic and Johan Bettum
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Critique with Hélène Frichot

4-5. June 2018
Desk-crits of SAC's second semester group with critic Hélène Frichot. Hélène is Associate Professor and Docent in Critical Studies in Architecture, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
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Symposium Breaking Glass -Virtual Reality and Becoming a Subject through Art and Architecture

25 May 2018
The symposium is commencing tonight at 17:30 with a keynote speech by the world reknowned neurophysiologist Wolf Singer and a subsequent conversation between him, the director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and professor at Städelschule Daniel Birnbaum, the writer and executive producer in experiential technologies, Allese Thomson as well as SAC professor Johan Bettum. Presentations and discussions continue on Saturday from 10:00- 18:00.


11 April 2018
SAC extended the deadline for applications for the academic year 2018/19 until May 15th. We are looking forward to receiving your application.