SAC hosts a unique GROUP of highly professional and devoted practitioners and theorists to cater for students talents and needs.

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Philippe Pirotte, born 1972, is a Belgian art historian, critic, and curator of numerous international exhibitions. He studied art history at Ghent University. In 1999 he co-founded the art centre, objectif_exhibitions, in Antwerp. From 2005 to 2011, he was director of Kunsthalle Bern. Since 2004, Pirotte has held the position of Senior Advisor of the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam. In July 2012, he became Adjunct Senior Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Next to that he is currently Advising Programme Director for the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing. He is also the curator for the La Biennale de Montréal 2016.

Philippe has been the Dean of the Städelschule since 2014.

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Johan Bettum is a professor of architecture and the programme director of the Städelschule Architecture Class. He has taught and lectured, amongst other places, at the AA, UCLA, the Berlage Institute, Innsbruck University, the EPFL, Lausanne and Oslo School of Architecture. Bettum studied at the Architectural Association (AA) after gaining a BA with a major in biology from Princeton University. His main interests reside in the intersection between materials, geometry and architectural design. He was a research fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture from 1997-2001 and headed a nationally funded research project on polymer composite materials in architecture. Until 2000 he led the OCEAN group in Oslo whose work on polymer composites and advanced digital modelling greatly influenced the group's projects in this period. Bettum's PhD is entitled 'The Material Geometry of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites and Architectural Tectonics.' His experimental practice, ArchiGlobe, explores related small-scale projects.

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Daniel Birnbaum is the director of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and professor of art theory at the Städelschule where he teaches philosophy seminars. Over the last few years, Birnbaum has emerged as one of the most influential people on the international arts scene. He was co-curator of 50th Venice Biennale and the first Moscow Biennale, autumn of 2004. He is regular contributor to Art Forum and writes frequently for catalogues and other publications. Daniel Birnbaum has a Ph.D in philosophy (1997) on the topic: "The Hospitality of Presence: Problems of Otherness in Husserl’s Phenomenology." Before coming to the Städelschule in 2001, he taught in Stockholm, wrote on various topics in art and curated numerous exhibitions. He is currently also on the board of the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo.




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.




Mark Wigley is a renowned architectural theorist. He is professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, and its former dean. Wigley studied architecture at the University of Auckland in New Zealand where he received his Ph.D in 1987. In 1989, he was a resident fellow at the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism. He has won several awards, among them the Triennial Award for Architectural Criticism in 1990 and the Graham Foundation Grant in 1997. In 1988 Mark Wigley co-edited with Philip Johnson the exhibition and publication Deconstructivist Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This may be seen to be the first of his many influential, international pieces of work, to which also belongs a series of books, including 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 Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida's Haunt (MIT Press, 1993). His latest book is 'Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio' and the forthcoming 'Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Project', both published by Lars Müller Publishers. Wigley is a frequent lecturer and guest at various events and institutions throughout the world. For a number of years, Mark Wigley has been a guest-professor in the Städelschule, teaching architectural theory.

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Peter Trummer is thesis advisor of the newly introduced specialisation "Architecture and Urban Design" at SAC. He is Professor for Urban Design and Head of the Institute for Urban Design & Spatial Planning at the University of Innsbruck. 
He is a visiting Professor at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles and at the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania. He was Head of the Associative Design Program at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam from 2004 to 2010. He received his Master Degree at the Technical University in Graz by Günther Domenig and received his Postgraduate Degree at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam in 1997. He is a former Architect at UN Studio before establishing his own practice in 2001 to 2005. He was Guest Professor at the Technical University in Munich and hold the 1. Roland Rainer Chair at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He lectures, teaches and is invited as a critic at the the AA in London, the University for Applied Art in Vienna, the IAAC in Barcelona, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, the University of Pennsylvania and at Rice University in Houston. 

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Yara Feghali is a studio teacher and research associate at the Städelschule Architecture Class SAC in Frankfurt where she teaches design studios and seminars at the graduate level. She recently received a post-professional degree in Design Theory and Pedagogy, from the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc. She holds a postgraduate architecture diploma from Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, and a professional degree in architecture from the Academic Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut. Yara’s work explores the breach between human and machine perception of spaces with the goal of bridging the two to speculate on the architectural future of emerging technologies.

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Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator. He is the Director of the Architectural Association’s world renowned Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and co-founded the New Media and Information Research initiative at the AA. Theodore has taught in the graduate school of UPENN, Royal College of Art Innovation Design Engineering Department and the University of Innsbruck. In 2002 he founded the experimental architecture and design practice Minimaforms. The work of Minimaforms has been acquired by the FRAC Centre, the Signum Foundation and the Archigram Archive, and has exhibited at MOMA, Barbican Centre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Onassis Cultural Centre and the ICA. Previously Theodore has worked as a project architect for the offices of Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid. In 2013 the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture awarded him The ACADIA award of excellence for his educational work directing the AADRL.

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Sylvia Fadenhecht is the Administrative Director of the Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) since early 2014. She is responsible for all administrative aspects of the Class, including budget development and implementation, fundraising, project management, admission coordination and student affairs, and she is the executive editor of the publications series SAC JOURNAL. Sylvia Fadenhecht holds a law degree from Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main as well as at University Paris X Nanterre in Paris and specialised in International Law and Public Law.

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The artist Stefan Wieland joins SAC to run the in-house workshops. Wieland is a Frankfurt-based artist producing paintings, sculptures and lamps. Wieland studied at the Städelschule with Thomas Bayrle.

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