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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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Katakombe 2020-21 - ALUMNI EVENT

28 November 2020

Katakombe is an event organised by alumni of the Städelschule Architecture Class, inspired by the format of a Salon Talk and an old but lost tradition at the Städelschule to meet professionals, scholars, students and friends to have an interdisciplinary discourse about current work.

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MASTER THESIS PRESENTATION PRIZE 2020

14 November 2020

The schneider+schumacher Master Thesis Presentation Prize 2020 is made possible through the generous support from the scheider+schumacher Architekten.

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AIV Master Thesis Prize 2020

14 November 2020
Left to right: Chi-han Feng, Özge Yaktubay, ​Ainsley Johnston
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GÜNTER BOCK PRIZE 2020

06 November 2020
Left to right: Gözde Celebi, Nermine Saadeh, Aayush Bhaskar
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END-OF-YEAR REVIEWS: MASTER THESIS GROUP

5-6. November 2020

The Reviews are live steamed on SAC YouTube Channel as well as on this page.

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DEAN'S HONORARY LECTURE

SIR PETER COOK

05 November 2020

Städelschule Architecture Class proudly hosts Sir Peter Cook for this year’S Dean’s Honorary Lecture. Sir Peter Cook is a legend as a practicing architect and teacher. SAC is immensely pleased to be part of Cook’s history as he was a professor in Städelschule from 1979 till 2002.

Sir Peter Cook’s Dean’s Honorary Lecture is generously made possible with the support of Schneider+Schumacher.

The Lecture will be given via Zoom and is transmitted via SAC YouTube Channel as well as on this page.

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END-OF-YEAR REVIEWS: FIRST YEAR GROUP

29-30. October 2020
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End-of-year program

28 October 2020