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.

SAC PROGRAMME & FacultY line-up 2018-19

SAC proudly announces its faculty line-up for the academic year 2018-19. The three Master Thesis Studios are led by: Peter Trummer - Architecture and Urban Design; Theodore Spyropoulos of Minimaforms - Advanced Architectural Design; and Johan Bettum - Architecture and Aesthetic Practice.

Yara Feghali has joined SAC as studio teacher and researcher. Yara leads the studio for the group of first semester students, and her design studio will be accompanied by techncial workshops and theory seminars. She also joins Bettum to teach in Architecture and Aesthetic Practice.

Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley return to teach history and theory for first year students, and Daniel Birnbaum offers seminars in theory and philosophy.

Hélène Frichot also returns to Frankfurt. While being Professor at the KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, Hélène offers a series of seminars to students in the Master Thesis Studios and will guide them towards the completion of their written submission for their final degree.

During the winter semester, SAC also hosts a small number of visitors who will give lectures and/or seminars on select topics. First ones out before the seasonal break in December are the partners, Devyn Weiser and Peter Testa, who will entertain Master Thesis students for four days. Shortly after, Daniel Norell returns to offer a workshop to the First Semester Group after having been at SAC last year to give a guest lecture and participate in reviews. For the complete visitors programme during the winter semester, see here.

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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Happy 101st birthday Günter Bock

05 March 2019
Today Günter Bock would have been 101 years old. SAC wants to honour and remember its former professor who changed SAC significantly in the late 70's. Originally from Danzig in Poland, Günter Bock (1918-2002) completed his architectural studies in Salzburg in 1940. After the war he set up his own practice in 1956. He became acquainted with various artists, including Joseph Beuys, and developed an interest in the relationship between art and architecture. This interest informed his subsequent work and teaching for the rest of his life. In 1970 Bock became the programme director of SAC and introduced its postgraduate programme ‘Conceptual Design’ in 1978. The latter became the basis for SAC’s later transformation into an accredited postgraduate Master of Arts degree programme. Bock received the prize, Grand Prix de l'architecture de l'urbanisme, in 1969 and, upon retiring from the Städelschule in 1984, was a visiting professor at MIT in 1990. Almost a quarter of a century after Bock left Städelschule, the Günter Bock Prize promotes excellence among SAC's students, celebrates high quality research and personal development within the academic context of the school and provides, of course, a financial encouragement and support in what is unavoidably an economically demanding student life. Since 2018 the Günter Bock prize is generously supported by the Frankfurt-based Nassauische Heimstätte/Wohnstadt.
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SAC Semester Break

25 February 2019
As of February 25 SAC takes its semester break. The summer semester commences on March 25 and ends with final thesis reviews from June 17-27.
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SAC Rundgang in Feuilleton Frankfurt

19 February 2019
Check out Petra Kammann's article about SAC's Rundgang: http://www.feuilletonfrankfurt.de/2019/02/16/rundgang-staedelschule-neue-welten-und-architektur-die-ueber-das-bauen-von-haeusern-hinausgeht/ Photo Credit: Yara Feghali
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Check out the SAC YouTube account

14 February 2019
Check out our SAC YouTube account to see our latest lectures updated from Fall and Spring 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. https://www.youtube.com/user/StaedelArchitecture/
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06 February 2019
We are happy to announce that Michael Young (Young & Ayata / Cooper Union) is returning to SAC for a three-day workshop from Feb 6-8, 2019. Additionally, he will give a public lecture on February 6 at 19:00 in Städelschule.


22 January 2019
SAC is honoured to welcome Hernán Díaz Alonso, the director of SCI-Arc, for a lecture tomorrow night at Städelschule. In his lecture Díaz Alonso will speak about the work of his office for the last 15 years.
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Johannes Helberger - Acoustic Scenography

16 January 2019
SAC retakes its winter semester lecture series after a short seasonal break and welcomes Johannes Helberger from KLING KLANG KLONG for a lecture on spatial sound and its effects on the human and the environment.
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Daniel Norell - Objects, Groups, Couplings


18 December 2018
Our First Semester Group has been working together with Daniel Norell within the framework of his workshop "Objects, Groups, Couplings". Daniel Norell is an architect, researcher and educator based in Stockholm. He is co-founder of the collaborative architecture practice Norell/Rodhe. Furthermore, Daniel is Director of the Master’s Programme in Architecture and Urban Design at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and has previously taught at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.