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Mid-Term Reviews

Master Thesis Group

1-2. July 2021

The Mid-Term Reviews for Master Thesis Group students will take place on 1-2 July.

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28-30. May 2021

Breaking Glass III - Virtual Space is a three-day symposium organized by Städelschule and moderated by professors Johan Bettum and Daniel Birnbaum. This virtual event focuses on the role of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in architecture and art, and brings together speakers from various disciplines, including architecture, art, philosophy and neuroscience, who present their ideas, theories and work in the field of AR and VR.

Information and access to the live stream (no registration required) via:

The symposium will be held in English.

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24 May 2021

Beatriz Colomina is an architectural theorist, professor of history and theory at Princeton University School of Architecture and the Founding Director of its Program in Media and Modernity as well as its director of Graduate Studies and PhD programme. She has written extensively on questions of architecture and the modern institutions of representation, particularly the printed media, photography, advertising, film and TV. Among her works are Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (1994, AIA 1995 International Book Award); Sexuality and Space (1992, 1993 AIA International Book Award); Architecture Production (1988), Double Exposure: Architecture through Art, Madrid (2006), Domesticity at War (2007) and Clip/Stamp/Fold(2013). She has been on the editorial boards of Assemblage, Daidalos, and Grey Room and lectured at institutions and events throughout the world. She is the recipient of several prestigious grants, including the Chicago Institute for Architecture, SOM Foundation, Graham Foundation, Fondation Le Corbusier, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts in Washington.

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Marcelyn Gow

What Gathers?

10 May 2021

​Marcelyn Gow is principal of servo los angeles, a design collaborative invested in the development of architectural environments integrating synthetic ecologies with shifting material states. servo’s work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Venice Architecture Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Archilab, Artists Space, the SCI-Arc Gallery, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture and SFMoMA. Gow received her Architecture degrees from the Architectural Association and Columbia University, as well as a Dr.Sc. from the ETH Zurich. Her doctoral dissertation Invisible Environment: Art, Architecture and a Systems Aesthetic explores the relationship between aesthetic research and technological innovation. Gow has lectured internationally and contributed to numerous journals including Perspecta, Via and AD. She is the coeditor of Material Beyond Materials and Onramp 4-7. Gow was the recipient of a 2012 Graham Foundation Grant to Individuals and a 2014-15 City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Visual Artist Fellowship. She is currently the Coordinator of the M.S. Design Theory & Pedagogy Program at SCI-Arc and she teaches design studios and history and theory seminars at SCI-Arc.

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03 May 2021

Sylvia Lavin is a critic, curator, historian and theorist whose work explores the limits of architecture across a wide spectrum of historical periods. Some recent books include Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernization Effects (2018), Kissing Architecture, (2011) and  Everything Loose Will Land, 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, (2013.) She is Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and is currently working on a book about trees.

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26 April 2021

Andrew Saunders is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and founding principal of Andrew Saunders Architecture + Design, an internationally published, award winning architecture, design and research practice committed to the tailoring of innovative digital methodologies to provoke novel exchange and reassessment of the broader cultural context.
His current practice and research interests lie in computational geometry as it relates to aesthetics, emerging technology, fabrication and performance. He has significant professional experience as project designer for Eisenman Architects, Leeser Architecture and Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.

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19 April 2021

SAC is presenting a webinar series during Summer Semester 2021.

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Trans-Species Hospitality in Architecture

19 April 2021

Mark Wigley is professor of architecture and Dean Emeritus at Columbia University. His books include Konrad Wachsmann’s Television: Post-Architectural Transmissions (Sternberg Press, 2020), Passing Through Architecture: The 10 Years of Gordon Matta-Clark (Power Station of Art: 2019); Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation (Lars Müller, 2018); Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design (written with Beatriz Colomina; Lars Müller, 2016); Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio (Lars Müller, 2015); Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (010 Publishers, 1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (MIT Press, 1995); and Derrida’s Haunt: The Architecture of Deconstruction (MIT Press, 1993). He has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Drawing Center, Columbia University, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Het Nieuwe Instituut, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Most recently he curated “Passing Through Architecture: The 10 Years of Gordon Matta-Clark” at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2019–20).

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23 March 2021
Master Thesis Group: Aysenur Senel
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23 March 2021
Master Thesis Group: Shivam Chaudhary
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23 March 2021
Master Thesis Group: Xiaoying Ma
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15 March - 12 April 2021

As of March 15 SAC takes its semester break. The summer semester commences on April 12.

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11-12. March 2021

The End-of-Semester Reviews for Master Thesis Group students will take place on 11-12 March.

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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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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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06 November 2020
Left to right: Gözde Celebi, Nermine Saadeh, Aayush Bhaskar
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5-6. November 2020

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

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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 1984 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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29-30. October 2020
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End-of-year program

28 October 2020
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16 June 2020

Snøhetta (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈsnøːˌhɛtɑ]) began as a collaborative architectural and landscape workshop, and has remained true to its trans-disciplinary way of thinking since its inception. Snøhetta’s work strives to enhance our sense of surroundings, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether feral or human-made. Museums, products, reindeer observatories, graphics, landscapes and dollhouses get the same care and attention to purpose.

Jette Cathrin Hopp is part of the executive management of Snøhetta. She has extensive experience both  in complex Norwegian and international projects, leading major international project developments and competitions. She regularly lectures at architectural symposia, conferences and international institutions, sharing Snøhetta´s philosophy and design ideas. Jette Cathrin Hopp is also a jury member for several architecture competitions and prizes. She is regularly invited as a critic to international architecture universities.


Lytle Shaw

The Mollino Set

08 June 2020

The Mollino Set (forthcoming, 2020) is the third in a series of architecture-centered prose works that began with The Clifford Chadwick Clifford Collection (2011) and The Moiré Effect (2012).
Beyond this architecture series, Lytle Shaw’s books include two books of poetry—Cable Factory 20 (1999) and The Lobe (2002), two books documenting his collaboration with the artist J. Blachly—The Chadwick Family Papers: A Brief Public Glimpse (2008) and Selected Shipwrecks (2012), and three critical monographs: Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (2006), Fieldworks: From Place to Site in Postwar Poetics (2013) and Narrowcast: Poetry and Audio Research (2018). Shaw is professor of English at New York University, and a contributing editor for Cabinet magazine.


03 June 2020
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Hélène Frichot

The question of affect

03 June 2020

This seminar will discuss the relationship between architecture and affect with an emphasis on infrastructure understood as distributed spatial support system. By reframing architecture as ‘organisation space’, to borrow a term from Keller Easterling, an account of the circulation of affect will lead the way to an understanding of architecture as always more than discrete, self-isolated and autonomous form, toward an apprehension of the complex entanglements architecture inevitably participates in, for better and worse.

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Philip Ursprung

17 Volcanoes: Architecture & (Armchair) Travel

02 June 2020

Philip Ursprung is Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich and principal investigator of the research project “Tourism and Cultural Heritage” at Future Cities Laboratory of the Singapore-ETH Center in Singapore. He is editor of Herzog & de Meuron: Natural History (2002) and Caruso St John: Almost Everything (2008). He is author of Die Kunst der Gegenwart: 1960 bis heute (2010), Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, and the Limits to Art (2013), and Der Wert der Oberfläche: Essays zu Kunst, Architektur und Ökonomie (2017).

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22 May 2020

Countless scholars have meticulously traced the emergence of the modern concept of “form" from Kantian aesthetics to twentieth-century modernism. But what if the concept’s salience in modernist discourses also had to do with more mundane—what might perhaps be called “technical”—concerns? Might such a technical history offer an account of concept that numerous others written in the disciplines of philosophy, intellectual history, or art and architectural history have not already? This talk excavates an alternative history of form from the late nineteenth century onwards, an history in which technologies of scanning and practices of reading play as important a role as familiar milestones of aesthetic modernity.

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Tom Wiscombe


13 May 2020
Tom Wiscombe Architecture (TWA) is an internationally recognized design practice, known for powerful massing, alluring graphic qualities, and tectonic inventiveness. Founder Tom Wiscombe, AIA is Creative Director of TWA, combining design expertise with a deep knowledge of construction and project delivery. He is a leading voice in design culture today. Wiscombe is Chair of the Bachelor of Architecture Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He taught Advanced Research studios as Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania for 4 years; in 2012, held the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship at Yale University; and in 2005 was the U.C. Berkeley Esherick Chair. He has published texts on architectural theory in journals such as AD, Project, and LOG.
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Marrikka Trotter

The Other Shape: Architecture before Form

13 May 2020
Marrikka Trotter is a Los-Angeles-based architectural historian and theorist. She is co-editor of the contemporary architectural theory collection Architecture is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City: 2017), and her writing has appeared in publications such as Harvard Design Magazine, Log, AD, and AA Files. She holds a PhD in Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism from Harvard University, and her work has received funding from the Paul Mellon Centre, the Graham Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and Sir John Soane's Museum, among others. Recent projects include a fresh take on Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Diversi maniere d'adornare i cammini, an examination of the geological significance of Robert Adam's landscape watercolors and late 18th-century "castle style," and a discussion of the individuating potential of certain "discrete" architectures. Trotter teaches at SCI-Arc, where she heads the history and theory department.
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Models and Data

08 May 2020
David Ruy is an architect, theorist, and director of Ruy Klein. David received his M Arch degree from Columbia University and his BA degree from St. John’s College where he studied philosophy and mathematics. David is currently Chair of Postgraduate Programs at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). A frequent lecturer internationally, David has previously held numerous positions at universities and institutes around the world.

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06 May 2020
In order for anything to be computable, it must first be organised as information that can be sequenced, stored and managed through computational processes. This seminar will explore a selective history of the user, an ongoing process through which life, in its most intimate details, is reimagined as computable information through software interfaces, theories of cognition and practices of information capture. The seminar will aim to see the user as a half-century long design project that increasingly shapes the possibilities of our lives. If one of architecture’s most important agencies has historically been its capacity to organise our relationships with others, what does it mean when fixed political categories such as citizens, refugees, homed or homeless give way to subjects construed as fluctuating arrays of computable information? And in what ways can we work toward the most hopeful potentials of collective life after the user?
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Holger Hoffmann


30 April 2020
The aim of this webinar is the exploration of acts of defamiliarization as a technique to specify contextual relationships. Such strategies will be described and offered for discussion based on two houses: firstly, van de Velde’s Hohenhof Estate in Hagen (1906-08), that is of great importance for the becoming of modern architecture in Germany. And, secondly, a house (Haus H, 2014-18) designed by our office “one fine day”. The latter will probably not develop any significant relevance besides the fact that our clients enjoy living in it a lot. Still, we consider it a comparably precise study on the defamiliarization of context-specific typologies, motifs and materiality.



29 April 2020
SAC extended the deadline for applications for the academic year 2020/21 until May 30th. We are looking forward to all new applications!
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23 April 2020
The first webinar in the summer semester webinar series focuses on metaphors and virtual space. The use of architectural metaphors is a key element to discuss, explain, and even think about virtual space. How should we use such architectural metaphors to describe current digital platforms and shape future ones? Can we separate architectural form from socio-politics? Which methods can we develop to responsibly create the virtual counterparts of our built environment? Would it even be possible to make metaphors valid across regions with diverse cultural backgrounds and political systems? This webinar will aim to find more questions and possibly some answers to the necessity and use of architectural metaphors in the transition to an augmented world.
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21 April 2020
For more, see also Städelschule Website.
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20 April 2020
First year group project: Dong Hyun Kim
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20 April 2020
First year group project: Pavel Chernyak
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20 April 2020
First year group project: Aayush Bhaskar
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SAC Summer Semester Ongoing

17 April 2020
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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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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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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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14-16 FEBRUARY 2020

30 March 2020
'Theatre of Dependencies', 'Laboratorio für Niedertracht und Sinnlichkeit 8' and '19LINK2'
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Information for Applicants

Application Deadline: 30. April

18 March 2020
If you are considering applying to SAC, you should know the following
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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.
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End-of-Semester Reviews

Master Thesis Group

20-21. February 2020
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End-of-Semester Reviews

Master Thesis Group

20-21. February 2020
The End-of-Semester Reviews for Master Thesis Group students will take place on 20-21 February.
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Ulrika Karlsson

Interiors after Images

20 February 2020
In this lecture, Ulrika Karlsson will address her specific interest in architectural representations and their translations, where the representation of the architectural object sometimes coincides with the object itself. The coincidence of the object and its representation sometimes leads to the conflation of material and information. Karlsson pursues this interest through projects in her architectural practice as well as research.
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End-of-Semester Reviews

First Semester Group

19 February 2020
The End-of-Semester Reviews for First Semester Group students will take place on 19 February.
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SAC Journal Issue 5 Launch

Zero Piranesi

16 February 2020
We are pleased to announce the launch of the fifth issue of SAC Journal, Zero Piranesi, guest-edited by Peter Trummer. Peter Trummer will be in conversation with Johan Bettum. The event is a part of Rundgang programme and will take place on February 16 at 14:00 in Städelschule Aula.
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14-16. February 2020
Städelschule’s Open House Exhibition, opens February 14 and runs with a dense programme through February 16 everyday from 10:00 till 20:00. SAC will showcase work produced in its Master Thesis Studios as well as the First Semester Group.
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Apply via Email

06 February 2020
Application deadline: April 30, 2020 We look forward to receive your applications!

Michael Hensel

Embedded Architectures. Thoughts and Works en Route to Architecture and Environment Integration

03 February 2020
Embedded architectures is a design framework for architecture and environment integration. The talk will introduce aims and motivations in setting out this approach including its political, ethical, economic and environmental grounding, the related development of guiding design principles and works that begin to unfold within this framework. This includes projects from various stages of the development of the design framework including works produced in the context of the AA, The Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics at the Oslo School of Architecture, Vienna University of Technology in collaboration with EPFL ENAC in Lausanne, and also in the context of the practice OCEAN Architecture | Environment.

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.
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Donald Kunze

Seminar, 13:00, Städelschule I9

28 November 2019
SAC hosts the theorist Donald Kunze for a salon-style seminar that focuses on the Kunze’s notions of the “virtual" and the “Fourth Wall” or “framing” - the latter conventionally understood as a quintessential function of architecture. Kunze holds an MA and PhD from Penn State University where he has also taught in the Department of Integrative Arts and the Department of Architecture till he retired. His dissertation was on the philosophy of imagination of Giambattista Vico.
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21 November 2019
In this lecture, Catarina and Rita Almada Negreiros will present several projects of their studio, CAN RAN arquitectura. The projects are divided into two large groups: Architectural projects of different scales responding to what it means to "build in the built environment" today - that is, in dense urban contexts with a large historical burden, and - second - artistic interventions in public space. The latter comprise of plastic/artistic interventions using tiles, a traditional Portuguese material. The projects will be presented with detailed analyses of given settings in Lisbon and a shared paradigmatic approach that entails seeing the respective projects catalysing change to the respective sites and contexts.
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Cristina Veríssimo

Dwelling in the Public Realm

14 November 2019
Cristina Veríssimo graduated in architecture from the Faculdade de Arquitectura at University of Lisbon (FAUL) and holds a MArch II Degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has taught architecture for over a decade and been invited as a jury member and to lecture at schools in Hong Kong, Europe, Argentina, Chile, USA and Canada. She also has an active professional practice, CVDB Arquitectos, with her partner Diogo Burnay. CVDB Arquitectos has received international awards, such as WAN Award 2013 for education, Archdaily 2014 BOTY for education building of the year,  and AR Highly Commended Award in 2015. Veríssimo develops international workshops and exhibitions on the topic cork and new uses in architecture since 2014. The work  involves researchers, universities and industry. Her ongoing research for her PhD seeks to advance further uses of cork in architecture. Since 2013 she has been teaching as an Assistant Professor of Practice at the School of Architecture at Dalhousie University, Canada.
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João Santa-Rita

Travelling (through space)

07 November 2019
João Santa-Rita is a Lisbon-based architect. After graduating from Escola Superior de Belas-Artes in Lisbon, Santa-Rita was a founding partner of Santa-Rita Arquitectos in 1990 and Santa-Rita Associados in 2016. As teacher, lecturer and jury member, he was invited to universities like University of Minnesota, SCI-ARCH, Columbia University, University of Granada, Rhode Island School of Design and Savannah College of Art and Design, and others.Santa-Rita has participated in the Triennale di Milano as well as the Biennale di Venezia, and his work was nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Prize in 2012. Santa-Rita served as President of the Portuguese Chamber of Architects from 2014 to 2016. This lecture is part of the series, Master lectures 2019-20: Portuguese Contemporary architecture. The series is a collaboration between Städelschule, Deutsches Architekturmuseum and Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.
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Spatial Fabulations & Other Tales of Representation in Virtual Reality 

Goethe Institut, München

6-7. November 2019
Goethe Institut, München.  SAC’s Architecture and Aesthetic Practice was invited to exhibit VR projects at Goethe Institut in München. The exhibition was a part of the event Perpetual Beta Brot und Spiele Postdigital.
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SAC Study trip to Basel

4-6. November 2019
SAC visited Basel from November 4-6 with students of both years having the possibility to visit, amongst other, Herzog & de Meuron’s Kabinett (Foundation). Hosted by SAC alumnus Hamit Kaplan and Donald Mak, SAC was introduced to projects that have been produced in the office of Herzog & de Meuron since 1978. SAC also visited Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein and had a chance to take a tour through the unique buildings of such renowned architect as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Nicholas Grimshaw, SANAA and Álvaro Siza. The return to Frankfurt went via Le Corbusier’s chapel at Ronchamp in France.
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23 October 2019
First Year start their semester with  light and clay workshop with artists Stefan Wieland and Sebastian Stoehrer.
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SAC Graduation – Class of 2019

18 October 2019
We congratulate all graduates on successfully completing their studies at SAC! The graduation ceremony was held on 18th of October where the graduates received their diplomas, followed by the award ceremony for the AIV Master Thesis Prize, a joint dinner and a party hosted by the new students of SAC. The graduation speech was held Peter Trummer.
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14 October 2019
SAC welcomes Ulrika Karlsson starting fall semester 2019.
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Master Thesis Project | AUD

13 August 2019
Master Thesis Project | AUD 13 August 2019 Aruna Das explores metabolism in Architecture and Urban Design with Professor Peter Trummer. This year AUD's work has focused on extracting ‘devices’ from an -ism through multiple formal readings of that -ism. Aruna deployed Japanese Metabolism onto Manhattan by shifting minor references from the original ‘devices.’ A new aesthetic emerges, one that does not recreate the -ism but has the underlying idea of it.
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Master Thesis Project | AAP

12 August 2019
Master Thesis Project | AAP 12 August 2019 Jun Eui Song (Ren) explores the automated mass production of aesthetics in Architecture and Aesthetic Practice with Professor Johan Bettum. Roco-Korean is a ritualistic space that celebrates the wonders of AI image transfer and procedural generated modelling by seemlessly blending the aesthetics and architectural elements of a Bavarian Rococo church and a Korean Buddhist Temple.
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Master Thesis Project | AAD

09 August 2019
Master Thesis Project | AAD 09 August 2019 Yunus Emre Demirkiran explores the concept of cybernetics. He developed an adaptive, behavioral and animate architecture project through unit based design methodology in Advanced Architctural Design with Professor Theodore Spyroupoulos. The studio focused on developing a concept of an ”Adaptive Ecology” that analyze the singular within a collective prototyping; a conception of living that is social and culturally entangled with our contemporary apparatuses. 
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101 Years of Günter Bock

Treasures from the Archive .10

28-29. June 2019
Opening - Fr, 28. June, 19:00 at Deutsches Architektur Museum Talks and Celebration - Sa, 29. June, 15:00 - 18:00 with Thomas Bayrle, Johan Bettum, Sir Peter Cook, Oliver Elser, Luise King and Götz Stöckmann at Lichthof Städelschule
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SAC Summer Break BBQ

27 June 2019
SAC is ending the summer semester and academic year with our traditional BBQ, carried out by SAC students. We wish everyone a wonderful summer! Photo credits: Aniket Shah
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26-27. June 2019
10:00 - 18:00 at Deutsches Architecture Museum
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26-27. June 2019
10:00 - 18:00 at Deutsches Architecture Museum
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Dean's Honorary Lecture

Thom Mayne

26 June 2019
Thom Mayne is founding principal of Morphosis, a global architecture firm engaged in architecture, urban planning, and research since 1972. Based in Los Angeles, New York, and Shanghai with projects world-wide, Morphosis’ work represents a wide variety of scales and typologies, from civic projects, schools, and museums to commercial towers and city planning. Under Mayne, Morphosis’ X-Tech group pursues technology and fabrication research, working with industry partners to arrive at new solutions for constructability and performance. Mayne also leads The Now Institute, a graduate studio dedicated to applying design thinking to real-world issues facing cities today.  Mayne's distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2013). He served on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities under President Obama, between 2009-2016.  With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 29 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 120 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions.Morphosis works have been published extensively. The firm has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and over 30 monographs. 
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SAC Summer Break

21 June 2019
As of July 1st, SAC takes its summer break. The winter semester commences on October 14. We are looking forward to welcome our new students at SAC!
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17-18. June 2019
10:00 - 18:00 at Städelschule room I9
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17-18. June 2019
10:00 - 18:00 at Städelschule room I9
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FYG: Study trip to Stuttgart

06 June 2019
Accompanied by Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina, SAC's First Year group visited Stuttgart on a study trip on 25th of May. The group went to see the Weissenhof Estate (Weissenhofsiedlung) and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
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Michael Osman

Modernism's Visible Hand

29 May 2019
MICHAEL OSMAN MODERNISMS VISIBLE HAND 29 MAY 2019 19:00 PM - STÄDELSCHULE AULA Osman will present themes from his book Modernism’s Visible Hand. These include the origin of room temperature, the technical foundations for speculative trading in perishable produce, the history of environmental simulation in ecological laboratories, and the regulation of machine shops and architecture offices through new forms of paperwork. Michael Osman is associate professor of architecture and urban design at University of California, Los Angeles, where he directs the MA and PhD programs in the history and theory of architecture. His book, Modernism’s Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in the United States, was published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press. He is a founding member and current chair of Aggregate: The Architectural History Collaborative.
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Anna Neimark

A Post-Conceptual Position

27 May 2019
ANNA NEIMARK A POST-CONCEPTUAL POSITION 27 MAY 2019 19:00 PM - STÄDELSCHULE AULA To define what we are calling “a post-conceptual position,” we have to admit that even the most radical conceptual acts in architecture did not quite generate a heightened form of self-awareness, or in-depth discussions on medium specificity in this field. With only a few exceptions, we might even say that there hasn’t really been a full-blown conceptual moment for architecture. What then is the possibility for the writerly, as Roland Barthes defined it, or for the builderly, as we would put it later on? In this talk, Neimark will pose the possibility for a post-conceptual position in architecture by presenting the work of First Office as a series of blanks—from Malevich, to Duchamp, to the primitive dolmen huts—filled in with all the specificities of contemporary building stuff. Anna Neimark is Faculty at SCI-Arc and a Principal of First Office, a practice co-founded with Andrew Atwood in Los Angeles, California. Built projects include a collaboration on the Pinterest office headquarters, a temporary screening room at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and some small houses. Their texts have been published widely, in Log, Perspecta, Project, and Future Anterior, and have been compiled in Nine Essays, published with Treatise Press in 2015. That same year, First Office was awarded the Architect’s Newspaper’s Best of Young Architects prize and became a finalist in MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program. Most recently, Neimark received support from the Graham Foundation toward an exhibition of her research focused on prehistoric stone formations, called dolmens. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Book Presentations:

Beatriz Colomina, Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto

24 May 2019
SAC proudly hosts a double book presentation on May 24 at 18:00 in I9 in Städelschule’s main building. The presentations are made by, respectively, Beatriz Colomina and Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto of RUR Architecture. Beatriz Colomina presents her new book, X-Ray Architecture (Lars Müller Publishers). Colomina is Professor of the History of Architecture at Princeton School of Architecture and the founding director of its Media and Modernity Program. She is currently also Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Fellow and teaches history and theory at the Städelschule Architecture Class. X-Ray Architecture explores the enormous impact of medical discourse and imaging technologies on the formation, representation and reception of twentieth-century architecture. Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto of RUR Architecture, New York, present their monograph, Projects and Their Consequences (Princeton Architectural Press). Reiser is Professor of Architecture at Princeton School of Architecture and Umemoto is visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Their book presents fifteen key projects and traces thirty years of innovative, multidisciplinary investigations of form, structure, technique, and planning. Projects and Their Consequences attests to Reiser and Umemoto being among the leading contemporary architectural thinkers, and their book is a necessary volume for everyone interested in the intersection of architecture, art, and culture. The presentations will be followed by a book signing and copies will be available for purchase. Beatriz Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture, art, technology, sexuality and media. She is Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Media and Modernity Program at Princeton University and Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture. Beatriz is also a visiting professor at the Städelschule Architecture Class for many years. Jesse Reiser is an Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect and Pro­fes­sor of Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign at Princeton University. Nanako Umemoto is a Japanese architect and visiting professor at Colombia university and Harvard University amongst others. They have co-founded RUR Architecture DPC. Their design firm provides a full scope of involvements with the relationship of architecture, structure, and landscape, and approaches each project at the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships among architecture, territory and systems of distribution.

Florian Busch

The other side of the Moon

21 May 2019
Florian Busch is an architect based in Tokyo. After graduating from the Architectural Association in London, he worked with Toyo Ito for five years before opening Florian Busch Architects (FBA) in 2009. In its first ten years, the office has produced a remarkable body of work: A wide spectrum of structures and buildings — cultural centres, libraries, museums, and some of the world's most unusual houses — have led to awards and made Florian Busch a much sought after architect, both in Japan and around the world. At the core of the work is the understanding of architecture as an open process. Drawing on a global network of the industry’s top experts, FBA begins every project bydevising strategies of collaboration to reach beyond the imagined. Florian Busch has been invited as a speaker, lecturer, and guest critic at institutions world-wide.
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Kipnis Lecture Cancelled

16 May 2019
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Mid-Term Reviews

08 May 2019
The Summer Semester Mid-Term Reviews for SAC students will take place on 8th of May (Second Semester Group) & 9-10th of May (Master Thesis Group).

Wolfgang Tschapeller

On Architecture

07 May 2019
WOLFGANG TSCHAPELLER ON ARCHITECTURE 09 MAY 2019 19:00 PM - STÄDELSCHULE AULA ​​And then, who are we, me; us, the unstable bodies?  Are we still the exquisitely isolated, temperate corpse existing – in book 3, chapter 2 – in between the letters of Vitruvius’ fantasies? Are we products of software, hardware, optical devices … and human stimulation? Do we have holographic friends? Or can we refer to Solaris, the mysterious intelligence embodied in an ocean, which, upon human stimulation, produces illusive beings out of traces of human memory? Or can we agree to be part of a conglomeration, a companion species, a montage of ourselves and of humans or humanoids, machines, possibly animals, especially dogs, and maybe others? And then, will our operating temperature still be 37°C? Wolfgang Tschapeller is an architect working in Vienna. He is initially trained as a carpenter, has taught at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, and the State University of New York in Buffalo. He was the McHale Fellow at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He is professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and as of 2012 he is the head of the Institute of Art and Architecture. Major projects include the Intraspace research project, projects for the Linz Opera House, the Centre for Promotion of Science in Belgrade, the University for Applied Arts Project in Vienna, the St. Josef House close to Vienna and the Fine Arts Library in Cornell University Ithaca.
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BREAKING GLASS II - The Virtual Image

Conference, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

04 May 2019
Image: Live from the Net by Suyoung Ko
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Hosted Talk, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

03 May 2019
Image: Tales from Beirut by André Zakhia
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Narratives in Boundless Space

Exhibition - Opening May 1, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

1-5. May 2019
Image: Patches of Seoul by Haewook Jeong
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Preparations for "Narratives in Boundless Space"

30 April 2019
Our students are preparing the "Breaking Glass II - Narratives in Boundless Space" exhibition in Mousonturm. See you there tomorrow!

Extended Deadline for Applications

29 April 2019
SAC extended the deadline for applications for the academic year 2019/20 until May 15th. We are looking forward to all new applications!
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AAD's study trip to London

16 April 2019
AAD travelled to London with Professor Theodore Spyropoulos where they visited various cultural institutions and architectural site visits. The class discussed advanced design research with diverse practices within architecture, theatre and experimental design. The group visited renowned offices such as Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick and Richard Rogers where they were presented with various working methodologies on seminal projects that included the Shanghai Expo, Centre Pompidou, and Serpentine Gallery. The class visited the archive of Richard Rogers RSHP looking at original drawings of the Centre Pompidou and London Lloyds Building. The also visited experimental practices such as Studio Ini and stage designer Chole Lamford. The class had an intensive modelling workshop at the AADRL and presentations of the work of the studio Minimaforms located at Somerset House were Professor Spyropoulos is a resident artist.
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Götz Stockmann - Erosion of Spatial Border

09 April 2019
Götz Stöckmann is a SAC alumni (1981) and has studied with professor Günter Bock. He is a graduate (with honours) of the Architectural Association in London and has been working as an architect and artist with a transdisciplinary conceptual approach to art and architecture. Since 1984 he has been in partnership with Gabriela Seifert in the group formalhaut. Their res­i­den­tial build­ing liv­ing room in the medieval town of Gelnhausen has been widely published and exhibited. A book trilogy titled "dim diary - the erosion of boundary" follows this artistic research work. In his lecture he will present past and current work. Photo: Formaloskop © formalhaut
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02 April 2019
Lucia Melloni is a research group leader at the Max Planck for Empirical Aesthetics and an assistant professor at NYU school of medicine. In her research she uses a combination of neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and behavior to dissect the neural circuits that give rise to perception and cognition in humans. Her research primarily focuses on questions 1) consciousness – what make us to have an experience – and 2) language – how do we communicate infinite number of ideas with a limited set of string. Her approach aims at revealing the elementary computations and neural mechanisms of those processes, and to develop a novel framework to study the physiology of uniquely human cognitive processes.
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28 March 2019
Wolfgang Gollwitzer is a registered architect and the CEO of the studioGA. He studied in Kaiserslautern, TU Munich and ETH Zurich. After his diploma at TUM he received a DAAD scholarship for Columbia University and graduated with a master degree. During his stay at Columbia University it was the leading school for digital design at the time of Dean Berhard Tschumi and Program Director Stan Allen. Wolfgang Gollwitzer studied with Hani Rashid, Greg Lynn and Jesse Reiser and was educated by Jeff Kipnis, David Ruy, Sanford Kwinter and Manuel Delanda. Prior to becoming CEO of the studioGA, he worked at Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, Reiser+Umemoto RUR Architecture PC in New York and was part of the UnitedArchitects design team for the World Trade Center competition in New York City. He worked on projects like Denver Art Museum, Aeon Dubai, Eyebeam Museum New York and Shakhtar Training Center in the Ukraine. He is a member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), the Architects Chamber (Architektų rūmai) of Lithuania and licensed in Germany. Wolfgang Gollwitzer was teaching assistant at Princeton University and guest critic at Angewandte in Vienna, Städelschule, Princeton University and TU München.


12 March 2019
RUNDGANG 2019 - MASTER THESIS STUDIO: AUD 1 SQUARE MILE CITY - THE CONTEMPORARY CITY AND ITS ARCHITECTURE 26 FEBRUARY 2019 The programme 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. 1 SQUARE MILE CITY - THE CONTEMPORARY CITY AND ITS ARCHITECTURE  There is no city without architecture and there is no architecture without the city. The city is the birthplace of the theatre, the temple, the hall of justice, the parliament, the gymnasium, the bath, the bazar, the stadium, the colosseum, the church, the museum, the library, the prison, the hospital, the psychiatric clinic, the hotel, the casino, the high-rise, the World Trade Center, and it is currently also the place of data centres and pencil towers to store financial capital.  The city hosts the largest artefacts we know. The city is not only the artefact of a collection of historical buildings but also the place where new forms of architecture emerge and are produced. The city is the object of our spatial culture. The city is the author of its architecture. The object in front of you is a “real” City. It is based on the architecture of the contemporary city of New York, which was studied by the students of the Master Thesis Studio, Architecture and Urban Design, and finally designed in an analytic modular system. You see in front of you in layers:  The gigantic non-human factory - Space of production The gridded mat-building - Space of consumption The flat horizontal floor - Space of labour The hotel - Space of inhabitation The housing slab - Space of bio-politics The pencil towers - Space of financial capital  The exhibition object equals exactly the size of contemporary city developments, like the Hudson Yard Project around Penn Station, and contains one square mile of floor area. The distribution of each function equals proportionally the amount of square miles of floor area that these functions occupy within a contemporary city, like New York. Studio Leader: Professor Peter Trummer Guest professorship generously supported by the Heinz und Gisela Friederichs Stiftung  Model: Peter Trummer with Stefan Wieland Exhibition consultant and technical supervision: Stefan Wieland Students:  Roberto Barbosa, Dua Nur Ciftci, Aruna A. Das, Gencay Derbentogullari, Rushabh Gada, Tong Guan, Hasan Hamdan, Sogol Moaven, Aniruddha Mukherjee, Chiraag Punjabi, Darshan Rajendra
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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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28 February 2019
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 - especially virtual reality - 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. Image: Project by Yeon Joo Oh
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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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Rundgang 2019 - Master Thesis Studio: AAD

22 February 2019
RUNDGANG 2019 - MASTER THESIS Studio: AAD ALL IS ARCHITECTURE 21 FEBRUARY 2019 MASTER THESIS STUDIO: ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 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. “When your house contains such a complex of piping, flues, ducts, wires, lights, inlets, outlets, ovens, sinks, refuse disposers, hi-fi reverberators, antennae, conduits, freezers, heaters – when it contains so many services that the hardware could stand up by itself without any assistance from the house, why have a house to hold it up?” - Reyner Banham, 1965 ALL IS ARCHITECTURE In 1965, an article titled “A Home is not a House” by Reyner Banham and François Dallegret, served as provocation to the discipline of architecture. What Banham and Dallegret highlighted is the paradoxical relationship between the representation of the thing and thing itself. The modern house idealised in depiction and discourse remained without acknowledgement of all the technological apparatuses that enabled contemporary living. In an expressive articulation of the complexity of services within a home, Banham and Dallegret illustrated this paradox with “architectures” constructed only of domestic infrastructures. This proto-architecture was not a house or blueprint for a future home but rather a series of constructs that served to ask more informed questions of spatial and cultural practice of the day. Beyond representation was the acknowledgment of architecture as infrastructure.  If we consider our contemporary condition today we see environments that are real-time, machine learned and operating in a world where we are the subjects of enquiry. Our observations of the world are constructed through the technological apparatuses that observe and offer an illusionary image of our desires. Architecture today holistically serves as the stage set for these observations.  Our everyday is understood through algorithms and behavioural responses set in domestic and habitual settings of the everyday. If we play the same game that Banham and Dallegret played on Modernism, we can examine a framework for architecture that is emotive, social and beyond building. The studio looks to explore the evolving relationships that we have with techne of technology in an attempt to experiment and construct space.  Studio Leader: Prof. Theodore Spyropoulos PhD. Technical and Studio Assistants: Ivan Tavarez Blanco, Christos Voutichtis  Students: Thoufiq Ahmed, Sara Ather, Jeevika Bassan, Yunus Emre Demirkiran, Divya, Fiorella Gomez Silva Lozano, Harshitha Gowda Chamaraja, Ashwin Bharathi Velupillai Sugumar    
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END-OF-SEMESTER REVIEWS  20 February 2019 SAC closes its winter semester with the End-of-Semester Reviews. The First Semester Group presents its work on February 20 and the Master Thesis Studios follow on February 21-22.  FACULTY Peter Trummer Theodore Spyropoulos Yara Feghali Johan Bettum Stefan Wieland GUESTS  Oliver Elser Hélène Frichot Isabella Pasqualini Bence Pap Mike Bouchet
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Rundgang 2019 - First Semester Group

19 February 2019
RUNDGANG 2019 - FIRST SEMESTER GROUP  19 FEBRUARY 2019 LEAKY STUFF, HALLWAY SECOND FLOOR ‘Leaky stuff’ is an exploration into realism. It presupposes that architectural representation is rendered ambiguous through aesthetic leakages. A leak is defined as the slippage that happens when multiple realms of representation coexist in a single image or architectural space. The design studio aims to introduce students to various design procedures and strategies that co-opt aesthetic leakages as part of their conceptual and strategic development. Moreover, the studio aims to generate a critical discussion on presumed standards and conventions of aesthetics in architecture.  Leakiness transgresses political and economic constructs by being inclusive. It embodies and delivers an aesthetic of fluidity and is specific to contemporary technology. Leakiness sees different regimes of aesthetics coexist and cancels out the previous binary opposition between different representational regimes that previously existed in sequential exclusiveness. The studio has engaged with a varied spectrum of design mediums, from Neural Style Transfer to Photogrammetry, to generate lush yet detailed design outcomes. These have been situated in the context of existing buildings in Frankfurt, seeing existing and new aesthetic expressions co-mingle, mix, and transform into something new. The First Semester Group has gained technical expertise and design training outside the studio programme courtesy of a workshop given by Daniel Norell. Studio Leader: Yara Feghali with Prof. PhD. Johan Bettum Students:  Amr Abdellatif, Rami Al-Rashidani, Sudhir Ambasana, Palak Arora, Moritz Brüggemann, Prashant Chavan, Vinit Dharia, Chi-Han Feng, Nathaniel Frempong, Navid Hajialiakbarghomi, Ainsley Johnston, Golnaz Khosrawani, Anmol Kumar, Srivastava Niket, Srikrishnan Pandurangan, Kanika Patil, Luiseny Ramírez Díaz, Suhandhan Ravee, Seyedeh Parmida Razavi, Saakib Sait, Aniket Shah, Prapatsorn Sukkaset, Raj Tambade, Shivani Tawde, Yin Tse Tseng, Hamit Türk, Özge Yaktubay, Jennifer Yu LABORATORIO FÜR NIEDERTRACHT UND SINNLICHKEIT 7 The sculptures shown in the studios on the second floor were created by the first semester students during a two-week workshop led by the Frankfurt artists and Städelschule alumni Sebastian Stöhrer and Stefan Wieland. The white sculptures are made from randomly found things that are then hidden under layers of newspaper and white paint, formulating a new body in mass and composition. The figures express an inverted hide-and-seek. With the objects in ceramics, students aimed to analyse, elaborate and extend their engagement with emergent architectural and visual properties and forms in the white paper sculptures. Sculpture Workshop Leaders: Sebastian Stöhrer and Stefan Wieland Students:  Amr Abdellatif, Rami Al-Rashidani, Sudhir Ambasana, Palak Arora, Moritz Brüggemann, Prashant Chavan, Vinit Dharia, Chi-Han Feng, Nathaniel Frempong, Navid Hajialiakbarghomi, Ainsley Johnston, Golnaz Khosrawani, Anmol Kumar, Srivastava Niket, Srikrishnan Pandurangan, Kanika Patil, Luiseny Ramírez Díaz, Suhandhan Ravee, Seyedeh Parmida Razavi, Saakib Sait, Aniket Shah, Prapatsorn Sukkaset, Raj Tambade, Shivani Tawde, Yin Tse Tseng, Hamit Türk, Özge Yaktubay, Jennifer Yu 19LINK1 ENTRANCE The sculpture 19LiNK1, reminiscent of a handrail, is a work conceived to be modified and expanded as it is iterated for Rundgang over the next three years (20LINK2 and 21LINK3 in 2020 and 2021). The 24 metres long, bright orange outdoor sculpture, constructed by the students of the first semester, leads from  Städelschule’s main building to SAC, stretching along the small path that wriggles its way from the courtyard to the brick wall. The work defines the transition from Städelschule to SAC, linking the two buildings while at the same time guiding visitors to Dürerstrasse 24. Concept: Stefan Wieland Students:  Amr Abdellatif, Rami Al-Rashidani, Sudhir Ambasana, Palak Arora, Moritz Brüggemann, Prashant Chavan, Vinit Dharia, Chi-Han Feng, Nathaniel Frempong, Navid Hajialiakbarghomi, Ainsley Johnston, Golnaz Khosrawani, Anmol Kumar, Srivastava Niket, Srikrishnan Pandurangan, Kanika Patil, Luiseny Ramírez Díaz, Suhandhan Ravee, Seyedeh Parmida Razavi, Saakib Sait, Aniket Shah, Prapatsorn Sukkaset, Raj Tambade, Shivani Tawde, Yin Tse Tseng, Hamit Türk, Özge Yaktubay, Jennifer Yu
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SAC Rundgang in Feuilleton Frankfurt

19 February 2019
Check out Petra Kammann's article about SAC's Rundgang 2019.
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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.
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24 January 2019
In order to have some modicum of hope for architectural discourse and pedagogy within this image deluge, it may be necessary to question several of our disciplinary assumptions regarding the fear of the image. Specifically, we may need to look a little closer at photography's relation to realism, at digital vs. mechanical reproduction, and at the ties between aesthetics and politics when considering images. Michael Young is an architect and educator practicing in New York City where he is a founding partner of the architectural design studio Young & Ayata. Photo © Young & Ayata
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23 January 2019
Since 2015 Hernan Diaz Alonso is the director of SCI-Arc. In parallel to his role at SCI-Arc, Diaz Alonso is principal of the Los Angeles–based HAD-x (Hernan Diaz Alonso creative agency). His multi-disciplinary practice is praised for its work at the intersection of design, animation, interactive environments, fashion and speculative architectural explorations. In his lecture Diaz Alonso will speak about the work of his office over the last 15 years. Photo © Hernán Díaz Alonso


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.

Katakombe - Alumni event

06 December 2018

Katakombe is an evening 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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Technical Modelling / VR Workshop

27 November 2018
This modelling workshop investigates the ambiguous relationship between designers' bodily movements in physical space when making figures in the digital, immersive space of virtual reality. The workshop is given by our teacher and research associate Yara Feghali.
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Daniel Norell

Mining Reality

23 November 2018
Daniel Norell MINING REALITY LECTURE, 6 DECEMBER 2018 Architecture has always operated between an abstract world of representations and the grittiness of the real world. Today, we find ourselves in a contemporary landscape where the distinction between these two categories is being challenged. Architects can increasingly ‘record’ samples of the real and use them as starting points for design. Similarly, our vision of the real may be augmented with layers of design and information. This leaves us in a situation where high tech and low tech, the visionary and the mundane, digital and analogue, as well as representation and reality exist in a messy state of continuity. Daniel Norell is an architect, researcher and educator based in Stockholm. He is co-founder, with Einar Rodhe, of the collaborative architecture practice Norell/Rodhe. The practice frequently participates in publications and exhibitions and their work has recently been shown at Yale University School of Architecture, the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, and ArkDes - Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. Norell/Rodhe are recipients of grants from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and The Swedish Research Council. 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. He holds master’s degrees in architecture from University of California, Los Angeles and the KTH.

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Appointed for Design Faculty at Sci-Arc, Los Angeles

21 November 2018
A graduate of SAC, tutor and research associate at SAC is appointed for the Design Faculty at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles. He finished his Master of Arts in Architecture degree at the Städelschule with a thesis that won the AIV Master Thesis Prize in 2014. His interests lie with computational design and his work explores relations between the computational medium and aesthetics.



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DEVYN WEISER & PETER TESTA  REPRESENTATIONAL OBJECTS 19- 22 NOVEMBER 2018 The Representational Objects workshop is structured as an anti-reductionist thought experiment exploring new modalities and working methods by which architecture makes architecture and the city. Situated within contemporary discourse on appropriation and representation, this short course seeks advance a new generic orientation and epistemology specific to architecture. Indifferent to difference, this new generic does not rely on analysis, breaking the object down into discrete units and deducing operations of the whole from a series of genetic, or generative elements, and processes. Rather than going from the real or the world to architecture via abstraction (modernism) and diagramming (post-structuralism), a non-standard epistemology is proposed that appropriates architecture as an integrated or ‘non-manipulable object’ and uses the specific arrangement of things as a bridge towards the real. Devyn Weiser is founding partner of the architecture and design practice Testa & Weiser, and Design Faculty and Visual Studies Coordinator at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. She is widely recognized as an international design leader, working at the intersection of the digital and physical, art and architecture.  Weiser's work is exhibited at leading museums and galleries worldwide including recent installations in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing. The firm’s work was featured as one of twenty groundbreaking architectural projects of the early 21st century in the group show ‘Archeology of the Digital’ at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). Devyn Weiser holds a B.F.A. and B.Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design; and a MS.AAD from Columbia University, GSAPP. Peter Testa is Principal at Testa & Weiser, and Senior Design Faculty at SCI-Arc. At Testa & Weiser he leads a wide range of projects for some of the world’s most innovative companies and institutions. His firm’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and exhibited worldwide including recent installations in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Tokyo. His writings on design and theory are widely published in international art, architecture, and design journals. Previously Peter Testa  was Associate Professor of Architecture at MIT, and Columbia University GSAPP. He has taught design studios at several schools including Harvard University GSD and University of Pennsylvania; and appointed to the Esherick Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, and Master of Science in Architecture (History/Theory/Criticism) from MIT. He is recipient of numerous awards including the MIT Innovation Award, New York Metropolitan Arts Society Architecture Award, and the Design Arts Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2016 Testa & Weiser’s work was featured as one of twenty canonical projects in ‘Archeology of the Digital’ at the CCA and Yale. His critically acclaimed collection of essays and projects, “Robot House,” was published by Thames & Hudson in Summer 2017.
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Narratives in Boundless Space

Performing Architecture, S.A.L.E. Docks, Venice

14 November 2018
NARRATIVES IN BOUNDLESS SPACE PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE, S.A.L.E. DOCKS, VENICE 12 NOVEMBER 2018 NARRATIVES IN BOUNDLESS SPACE, by Johan Bettum, Stefan Wieland, Yara Feghali with Marco Baravalle, Piter Perbellini and Architecture and Aesthetic Practice. The installation counts nine projects, produced by students of Architecture and Aesthetic Practice. Within the installation, the projects are presented on physical islands under hovering clouds—both digitally abstracted from the urban fabric of Venice. SAC was also hosting a conversation in connection to the opening of "Narratives in Boundless Space" with Mike Bouchet, Marco Baravalle, Sanford Kwinter, Isabella Pasqualini on November 12 at the S.A.L.E.-DOCKS in Venice.  Acoustic consultancy: Johannes Helberger, Kling Klang Klong  Projects: Prateek Bajpai, Soubhi Baraghit, Mijail Alexei Franulic Sippa, Haewook Jeong, Suyoung Ko, Soonam Lee, Amelia Marek, Panagis Marketos, Yeon Joo Oh, Jun Eui Song, Chawapol Watcharasukarn, André Zakhia.


09 November 2018
SAC First Semester Group was working with Sebastian Stöhrer and Stefan Wieland, experimenting with clay in the first part of the workshop, while the second part was dedicated to material-experimentation.
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SAC Graduation – Class of 2018

09 November 2018
We congratulate all graduates on successfully completing their studies at SAC! The graduation ceremony was held on 19th of October where the graduates received their diplomas, followed by the award ceremony for the AIV Master Thesis Prize, a joint dinner and a party hosted by the new students of SAC. The graduation speech was held by Theodore Spyropoulos, the Director of the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London and Professor for AAD at SAC. Photo © Prashant Chavan

Günther Bock Prize - Award Ceremony

06 November 2018
On October 29, the Nassauische Heimstaette, sponsor of the Günter Bock Prize, invited the recipients Soonam Lee and André Zakhia to an award ceremony in Frankfurt. The event included an exchange and get-together with architecture students of the TU Darmstadt who received the Ernst-May-Prize 2018. Congratulations!
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SAC Journal 4 is OUT

Culinary Lessons: The Space of Food

04 November 2018
SAC Journal 4: Culinary Lessons - The Space of Food has been released. The issue features extensive documentation of the programme, Culinary Lessons, which ran at SAC for two years. In addition it includes a number of essays on topics related to food, art and architecture by invited guests. For subscription to our Journal visit AADR.info.
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LECTURE SERIES Winter Semester 2018-19

2 November 2018 - 8 February 2019
SAC proudly presents its visitors programme for the winter semester. The guests will offer workshops or seminars to SAC students and some also public lectures.
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Narratives in Boundless Space - Venice

2-18. November 2018
Narratives in Boundless Space comprises of dramatic reflections in virtual reality on Venice in the age of hyper-consumption of images. The installation counts nine projects, produced by students of Johan Bettum in Städelschule Architecture Class. Within the installation, the projects are presented on physical islands under hovering clouds - both digitally abstracted from the urban fabric of Venice. SAC was also hosting a conversation in connection to the opening of "Narratives in Boundless Space" with Mike Bouchet, Marco Baravalle, Sanford Kwinter, Isabella Pasqualini on November 12 at 6 pm at the S.A.L.E.-DOCKS in Venice.
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Seminar Series with Hélène Frichot

02 November 2018
SAC welcomes Hélène Frichot as she joins to offer students in the Master Thesis Studios a series of seminars during the winter semester. The series will focus on problems related to technology and architecture. In addition, Frichot will guide the Master Thesis students in the process of meeting with their written submission in theory for their Master degree. During each visit at SAC, Frichot will also spend some time with the First Semester Group to contribute to the ongoing seminar discussions for these students. Frichot is an architect and philosopher, writer and critic, and Professor of Architecture in Critical Studies and Gender Theory, as well as Director of Critical Studies in Architecture at the KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm. She is the author of several books and many essays that focuses on her theoretical interests, often in the context of Deleuzian theory, and her forthcoming book on Bloomsbury is titled, Creative Ecologies.
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Semester Start

12 September 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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End-of-Year Reviews 2018 - First Year Group

13 August - 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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Günter Bock Prize Winners 2018

26 July - 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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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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Breaking Glass

Symposium: Virtual Reality and Becoming a Subject through Art and Architecture

9-26. May 2018
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07 May 2015
We are proud to say that the SAC Youtube channel has just been mentioned in an article by ArchDaily as one of the top places to watch architectural lectures online!
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06 April 2018
SAC tutor Damjan Jovanovic and SAC alumni 2013 Theron Burger are presenting their Augmented Reality project Superimposition at the 11. Licher Filmfest Frankfurt International. Visit this weekend!

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Appointed Research Fellow at ETH Zurich

14 March 2018
A graduate of SAC and mentor who taught at SAC, Dessau Institute of Architecture and currently Guest professor at Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf is appointed research fellow with Prof. Ludger Hovestadt for the Doctoral Program in Architecture & Technology at ETH.
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coverage in the architectural review

09 March 2018
The work of SAC 2018 student Sarath Saitongin 'Through a glass lightly' was published in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of the Architectural Review.
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AAP’s project 'Narratives in Boundless Space' @ Venice Biennale 2018.

07 March 2018
'Narratives in Boundless Space' brings virtual reality to Venice in November for Goethe Institute’s programme, Performing Architecture 2018.
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AAD Study Trip to London

05 March 2018
The study trip includes visits to Zaha Hadid's Office, Richard Rogers office's archive, Minimaforms, the DRL at the AA and Mario Carpo's Phd students. SAC students attended a 3D modelling workshop of polymodeling, animation and inflation strategies.
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27 February 2018
As of February 26 SAC takes its semester break. The summer semester commences on April 3 and ends with final thesis reviews from June 27-29.

Ferda Kolatan at SAC

13 February 2018
SAC is welcoming Ferda Kolatan who is returning to SAC this week to give a lecture and a seminar. His public lecture HYBRIDS AND MISFITS takes place this Thursday, Feb 15 at 19:00 in Städelschule Aula.
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End-of-Semester Reviews

31 January 2018
SAC’s winter semester closes with End-of-Semester Reviews. The First Semester Group presents its work on 20-21. February and the Master Thesis Studios follow on 22-23. February.
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SAC Prepares Rundgang 2018

31 January 2018
This year’s Rundgang, Städelschule’s Open House Exhibition, opens February 8 and runs with a dense programme through February 11. SAC will showcase work produced in its Master Thesis Studios as well as the First Semester Group. More details to come.


09 January 2018
SAC wishes all its collaborators, partners, students and faculty a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018!
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20 December 2017
SAC is presenting a lecture and seminar series during winter semester 2017-18.
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15 December 2017
The Mid-Term Reviews for SAC students will take place on 18-21 December.
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01 December 2017
Our marvellous workshop culminates with a public event on Friday, December 1, 5 pm, where a jury will select the best creation amongst the work exhibited.
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24 November 2017
The workshop is led by Rolf Stålberg, an architect and specialist in the sugar craft and by Charlotte Birnbaum, a culinary historian and publisher of a series of books on various food and related topics.


24 November 2017
The AIV Master Thesis Prize for one of the most excellent architectural design proposals this year has been given to Viviane Komati, Lida Badafareh and Min Jeongsun.
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Städelschule Lectures and Events: Winter Term 2017/18

24 November 2017

Keller Easterling

24 October 2017
SAC welcomes Keller Easterling for a seminar conducted with the students of Städelschule. The seminar will be held on October 27 and 28, 2017.

Peter Cachola Schmal: Graduation Speech

19 October 2017
SAC proudly announces that Peter Cachola Schmal, the director of the German Architecture Museum since 2006, will address the Class of 2017 in his Graduation Speech during the Graduation Ceremony this Friday.

Introduction Week 2017-18

13 October 2017
SAC will be announcing the 2017-18 academic programme during its traditional Introduction Week, starting Monday 16.10. SAC looks greatly forward to welcome new and returning students.

Günter Bock Prize

22 August 2017
The Günter Bock Prize for the most outstanding first year group project this year has been given to Jose Luis Arias Reynoso and Shuruq Tramontini.

AIV Master Thesis Prize

22 August 2017
The jury will meet beginning of October and the AIV master thesis prize will be awarded on October 20, 2017.

SAC Summer Break

12 July 2017
Since the final reviews of the First Year Group and the Master Thesis Group in July, SAC is on summer break. The programme shall recommence on Monday October 16, 2017.


08 July 2017
The Städelschule dean, Professor Philippe Pirotte, and the Städelschule Architecture Class are proud to announce this year’s Dean’s Honorary Lecturer: Farshid Moussavi. The lecture will be held on July 13 at 19:00 in the Städelschule Aula.


08 July 2017
The award ceremony for the Günter Bock Prize 2017 takes place on July 13 at 18:30 in the Städelschule Aula. The prize is made possible with the generous support of the foundation, Stiftung Städelschule für Baukunst.

Master Thesis Projects

08 July 2017
SAC reviews this year's Master Thesis Projects in Städelschule Aula on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 July. The review sees Mirco Becker as the external examiner. He is joined by Benjamin Reynolds and SAC faculty on the review panel.

Dean’s Honorary Lecture: FARSHID MOUSSAVI

24 June 2017
The Dean’s Honorary Lecture by Sir Peter Cook is unfortunately cancelled. Instead, Farshid Moussavi will give this year’s honorary lecture. Her lecture on June 29 is therefore rescheduled.

Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina's Seminar with FYG

08 June 2017
SAC kindly welcomes Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina for the third seminar conducted with the FYG. The seminar will be held on the 10th and 11th of June 2017.
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22 May 2017
This year's Rundgang will be celebrated in the framework of the 200 year anniversary of Städelschule. It will start on June 1 and for five days all students of Städelschule open their studios to share their artistic practice with visitors and guests of the Rundgang.

Applications for 2017/18 intake

09 May 2017
SAC has closed its admission process for the upcoming academic year 2017/18. However, at the discretion of the admission committee, outstanding applications can still be considered. Click on our Apply Now section for more information.

Stefan Wieland Joins SAC Staff

21 February 2017
The artist Stefan Wieland joins SAC to run the in-house workshops. Wieland is a Frankfurt-based artist producing paintings, sculptures and lamps. His work is widely exhibited. Wieland studied at the Städelschule under Thomas Bayrle.

SAC Semester Break

21 February 2017
As of 20. February SAC takes its semester break. The summer semester commences 20. March and ends with final thesis review on 13-14. July.

Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina's Seminar with FYG

06 January 2017
SAC kicks off the start of the new year with FYG seminars by Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina. Seminars are conducted on the 9th and 10th of January 2017.


15 December 2016
SAC gladly welcomes back David Ruy as a guest jury for our Midterm Reviews.
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08 December 2016
SAC Thanks guests, students and faculty who were involved with the Weinachtsfeier 2016! There are currently a few pieces of sculptures still left to be purchased. Kindly contact us for more information.

Applications for 2017/2018 Intake

24 November 2016
Applications for our 2017/2018 intake are NOW OPEN! Early Bird Deadline: January 15, 2017. Final Deadline: April 15, 2017. Extended Deadline: April 30, 2017. Click on our Apply Now section for more information.


24 November 2016
Mid Term Reviews will commence as the following : 15-16 December 2016 (First Year Group) & 19-20 December 2016 (Master Thesis Group).

Spatial Thought by Daniel Birnbaum & Sven-Olov Wallenstein

10 November 2016
Superhumanity, a project by e-flux Architecture at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, features a piece by Sven-Olov Wallenstein and Städelschule Professor Daniel Birnbaum.
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First Year Group Workshop with Sebastian Stöhrer and Stefan Wieland

04 November 2016
Sebastian Stöhrer and Stefan Wieland conduct a workshop with our First Year Group from the 24th of October to the 3rd of November 2016.
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29 October 2016
CONVIVIUMEPULUM , from the Latin "living together" and "public celebration," is a gourmet-discursive evening. Set in Venice, the event brings together culinary and other experts, local and foreign traditions, and performance art.
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3rd Istanbul Design Biennial: ‘Are We Human?'

28 October 2016
SAC congratulates Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina on the opening of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial: ‘Are We Human?’ Colomina and Wigley soon return to SAC to give the First Year Group a series of seminars.


21 October 2016
SAC proudly announces the AIV Master Thesis Prize winners to be Kaushambi Mate, Jorge Ruiz and Wonseok Chae.
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Peter Cachola Schmal: Graduation Speech

20 October 2016
SAC proudly announces that Peter Cachola Schmal, the director of the German Architecture Museum since 2006 and curator for this year’s German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, will address the Class of 2016 in his Graduation Speech during the Graduation Ceremony in DAM this Friday. Schmal is also, amongst other, on the steering committee for the Mies van der Rohe Award as well as in the committee for the European Prize for Urban Public Space.
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Mind Your Tools: Form Magazine Interview with Damjan Jovanovic

14 October 2016
The architectural magazine Form has published an extensive interview with Damjan Jovanovic about the projects done in the First Year Group of 2015-16.

SAC Introduction Week and Masther Thesis Jury

11 October 2016
SAC's traditional Introduction Week, starting October 17., welcomes the new group of students at SAC. On October 20., the second year programme is presented and a jury reviews this year's last batch of Master Thesis Projects.

Start of Semester

12 September 2016
SAC looks forward to the recommencement of its programme on October 17, 2016 when it welcomes a new batch of students. Second-year studios will be presented on Thursday, October 20.
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12 September 2016
SAC welcomes Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén Ga Grinda of amid.cero9 starting fall semester 2016.

Graduation Ceremony 2016

12 September 2016
SAC 2016 Graduation Ceremony takes place in the German Architecture Museum (DAM), Friday, 21.10, 18:00. The event includes the ceremony for the AIV Master Thesis Prize, and DAM's director, Peter Cachola Schmal, gives the Graduation Speech. The event is open to the public.
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Damjan Jovanovic and Adil Bokhari at the Architecture In Play Conference in Lisbon

12 September 2016
FYG tutors, Damjan Jovanovic and Adil Bokhari were invited to an international architecture conference in Lisbon, Portugal to present their paper titled "Games as a model for architectural pedagogy." The conference was held on the 11th and 12th of July, 2016 with a publication.

SAC Semester Break

08 July 2016
After the final reviews of the First Year Group and the Master Thesis Group, the school goes on Summer break. The office shall remain closed from 1-9 August. The programme shall recommence on October 17, 2016.
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FYG Goes to Karlsruhe with mark wigley and beatriz colomina

16 May 2016
Accompanied by the guest professors, FYG took a day trip to Karlsruhe to visit the ZKM (Centre for Art and Media)
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Moving Target - The Architectural Project

11 May 2016
Thursday 19:00, Aula: A conversation between SAC Specialisation Leaders: Mirco Becker, Johan Bettum, Holger Hoffmann, Peter Trummer. This event tries to tease out the differences in background, interests and careers of the four specilisation leaders. It is meant to shed light on the differences and commonalities of their respective architectural agendas. In short presentations each panelist will show how their very personal architectural project has changed or remained persistent over the course of their careers. Each presentation is the springboard for a panel discussion. After a full round in the reviews the student body of SAC is invited to further inquire the panel. This format should give insights into what constitutes an architectural project today and how this is reflected in an academic environment like SAC. Read More
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Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina return to SAC

09 May 2016
As part of their recurring involvement with the First Year Group, Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina conduct a series of seminars from 15-16 May, 2016. At the end of the seminars, Mark Wigley will also give a public lecture as part of the Lecture Series 2016.
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AUD Goes to New York

28 April 2016
The Architecture and Urban Design specialisation goes to New York on a study trip with their Thesis Advisor Peter Trummer. During their time there the students will also visit the architecture departments of the University of Pennsylvania and the Yale School of Architecture.

Application Deadline April 15

21 April 2016
SAC has closed its admission process for the upcoming academic year 2016/17. However, at the discretion of the admission committee, outstanding applications will still be considered until May 15.
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FYG goes to Rome!

14 April 2016
The first year group visits Rome from April 16th to the 23rd. Among other things, the excursion will include guided tours at the Foro Romano and the MAXXI and an exchange at the Sapienza – Università di Roma.
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Summer semester begins!

05 April 2016
SAC recommences the programme in the Summer semester after the Spring holidays, kicking off immediately with reviews of the Master thesis group students
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David Ruy Joins SAC as guest tutor

05 April 2016
We proudly announce the two-semester long Guest Tutorship of David Ruy starting this Summer Semester and lasting until and including the Winter Semester 2016/17.
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Lecture Series 2016

05 April 2016
SAC kicks off the Lecture Series 2016, on Thursday, 7 April with Stefano Corbo. As in the past, our Lecturers this year will include a rich assortments of historians, theoreticians, and practitioners.


04 April 2016
Following 15 productive and successful years as Dean of the SAC, Prof. Ben van Berkel has now decided to move on in order to further develop his teaching commitments at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
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10 March 2016
SAC will be closed for Spring Holidays from March 7. The programme shall recommence from April 4.

Trans-Material Diversity

12 February 2016
In Autumn 2016 a large, spatial installation by Guest Prof. Mirco Becker and the APD group will showcase a life-size interior of Trans-Material Diversity.
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APD study trip to London

24 January 2016
The excursion included visiting the Design Research Lab final juries at the Architectural Association, a studio and gallery tour at Zaha Hadid Architects, a research presentation at Foster & Partners Specialist Modelling Group and conversation with ecoLogicStudio.
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Architecture and Aesthetic Practice (AAP) at the FREITAGSKÜCHE

21 January 2016
AAP invites you to a culinary experiment. The second-year specialisation presents a six-course tasting menu featuring eight ingredients at the FREITAGSKÜCHE (Frankfurt). For more information go to the Architecture and Aesthetic Practice specialisation page.

Savinien Caracostea returns to SAC

18 January 2016
As part of the preparations for Städelschule’s Open House Exhibition, Savinien Caracostea will work with the second year group exploring the culinary arts and architecture. The preparations will end in The Feast, a designed, culinary event on February 13.
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23 December 2015
SAC wishes all its collaborators, partners, students and faculty a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! SAC's programme recommences on January 11.


18 December 2015
SAC proudly presents its new website! The site is designed by MESO Web Scapes and tailored for a clear and rich experience of SAC, its educational programmes and institutional life. The site will be updated with new and old material over the coming period.
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Mid-Term Reviews

13 December 2015
SAC completes its mid-term reviews on December 16 and 17 and goes on a seasonal break December 23. Students and faculty return to work January 11.

AAP Tours Forsythe’s The Fact of Matter

02 December 2015
Mario Kramer, the curator of William Forsythe’s ongoing exhibition, The Fact of Matter, at Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art, gave SAC’s AAP group a guided tour of the world-renown dancer, choreographer and artist’s work.

AUD in Innsbruck

01 December 2015
The specialisation Architecture and Urban Design goes to Innsbruck to join Peter Trummer and colleagues for workshops. The visit includes students getting acquainted with the Tyrolean landscape in which their final, thesis project will be set.

APD and FYG @ Peter Weibel's 'Exo-Evolution'

27 November 2015
APD and FYG visited the exhibition, 'Globale: Exo-Evolution, at ZKM. The show is curated by Peter Weibel, brings together work of almost 100 artists, scientists, designers and architects and presents a glimpse of a possible future, an exa-universe, enabled by new tools and meta-tools, data and metadata.

Holger Hoffmann joins SAC

01 November 2015
We are proud to announce that Holger Hoffmann has joined SAC's faculty. Holger leads the second-year specialisation, Advanced Architectural Design, and brings an impressive experience to his teaching. He is a professor at University of Wuppertal and co-founder and principal architect at One Fine Day Office for Architectural Design in Düsseldorf.
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01 November 2015
SAC officially kicked off the winter semester. We are welcoming all new students and guest-professor Holger Hoffmann (AAD). We are looking forward to an exciting new academic year!
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31 August 2015
SAC proudly announces the release of the second issue of the SAC Journal, 'Mediated Architecture: Vivid, Effervescent and Nervous'. You can subscribe to our SAC Journal series here!
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Active Borders at Braubachfive

03 July 2015
For the Architecture Summer, Staedelschule Architecture Class First Year Group has worked on developing a critical understanding of the border between Frankfurt and Offenbach. The projects presented are a culmination of a year-long exploration and research on the problem of transitions in architecture. The exhibition will be on display at Galerie BRAUBACHfive from 11th to 27th September, and the official opening will be on the 11th of September at 7:00pm
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01 July 2015
Right after the official end-of-year-programme, SAC's First Year Group traveled to Basel, Switzerland with their professors Mark Wigley and Beatriz Colomina. A side from historic sightseeing, the students visited the archive exhibition of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vitra Museum.


30 June 2015
The academic year closed with an outstanding end-of-year events series. First Year and Master Thesis Year students have shown extraordinary work during four intensive review days, complemented by a striking jury panel. A wonderfully authentic Dean’s Honorary Lecture given by Benedetta Tagliabue crowned the academic events and the BBQ- Summer-Party was just a culmination of an extremely positive year. Thanks to all!
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27 April 2015
SAC proudly announces it’s Lecture Series Programme for the Summer Semester 2015!


02 April 2015
SAC’s First Year Group ended an exciting mid-term review conducted by SAC faculty last week. The Master Thesis Group is looking forward to have its mid-term review sessions next week April 4 and 5.
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23 January 2015
Last year's AAD graduate Sophia Passberger has been mentioned in Wallpaper* magazine's Graduate Directory 2015 as one of 'the world's hottest new talents in architecture' of this year!


30 October 2014
Vasily Sitnikov, graduate of the specialisation Architecture and Performative Design, has made it to the final round of 4 out of 70 entries for the TexFab competition. He will have the opportunity to develop his casting system further. Congratulations!
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"Lichtwesen in Frankfurt" at 'Fundstücke'-section in the eMagazine 'german-architects'

03 April 2014
The installation Orkhēstra, still showing up at the Luminale 2014, is currently mentioned in the 'Fundstücke'-section in the eMagazine 'german-architects'.
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Preliminary Report of LUMINALE 2014

04 March 2014
With this year's theme of ‘Explore Technology for Life – the best energy is the energy that is not consumed,’ the Light+Building Fair at the Messe Frankfurt, the energy revolution is emphasised. Städelschule participates by animating the Rossmarkt square in the city with an amorphous luminous caterpillar in the 'Luminale,' the biennale of light art, parallel to Light+Building. Guided tours in the 40,000 m² of exhibition space are provided by World-Architects.com.