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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David Brüll

Bottom Up Coded Cultures

27 January 2020
In his lecture, David Brüll will give insights into NODEs bottom up grown culture, spiked with some projects and learnings from the work with software development from a designers point of view. David Brüll is a media system designer working across disciplines in the field of interaction and experience design. His Studio curates and creates live experience spaces, interactive environments and installations. David also founded and formed the Frankfurt based media arts festival NODE Forum for Digital Arts over the last 12 years to support an innovative and responsible movement within the digital media scene by encouraging new collaborations, interdisciplinary interchange and open knowledge sharing. Starting from this perspective the new NODE Institute for creative computation started its programme of Workshops and Masterclasses last year. David teaches experience design and interactive media design courses at universities and festivals.
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Oliver Tessmann


23 January 2020
In the lecture Oliver Tessmann will present and discuss the research of the Digital Design Unit (DDU) from the TU Darmstadt. The group explores novel digital strategies of designing and materializing architecture. DDU uses global networks for crowdsourcing design, digital fabrication and robotics for innovative and resource-efficient concrete element production and develops software to design for re-assembly. The research seeks to address our global challenges of scarce resources and co-creates the ongoing digitalization of our lives in a responsible way.
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11 January 2020
On 10-11 January Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina returned to SAC with a series of seminars, “The Architecture of the Invisible”, conducted with the First Semester Group.
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SAC Recommences Winter Semester

06 January 2020
SAC is looking forward to the second half of winter semester!
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Seasonal Greetings!

23 December 2019 - 5 January 2020
SAC is wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. As of December 23rd, SAC takes its winter break. The semester recommences on January 6.
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Mid-term reviews

Master Thesis Group

19-20. December 2019
The Mid-Term Reviews for Master Thesis Group students will take place on 19-20 December.
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03 December 2019
Application deadline: April 30, 2020; Early bird deadline: February 20, 2020.
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Mid-term reviews

First Semester Group

02 December 2019
The Mid-Term Reviews for First Semester Group students will take place on 2 December.