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. At Städelschule he heads the Master Thesis Studio, Architecture and Aesthetic Practice, where architectural design is explored through an explicit engagement with the arts and contemporary design technology. Bettum’s design interests centre on spatial and aesthetic questions in architecture. Recent work in the studio has used Virtual Reality as a laboratory for spatial inquiries in relation to subjective experience, the construction of reality and the role of images in regimes of representation.

In 2014 he founded the SAC Journal which he edits and contributes to. The 2018 issue, Culinary Lessons, explored the space of food, and forthcoming issues include one on architecture and Virtual Reality.

Bettum’s earlier work includes pioneering novel design procedures with particle streaming as well as research on the use of fibres, textiles and composite material systems in architecture. He has practiced architecture in the design network, OCEAN (till 2000), and in his own office, ArchiGlobe. Bettum was a research fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture from 1997 to 2001 and headed a nationally funded research project on polymer composite materials in architecture.

Bettum has taught, lectured and been a critic at various schools in Europe and the USA, and his writing has been published in edited books and journals. Prior to studying architecture, Bettum worked as a journalist writing on fashion, architecture and design. He holds a Bachelor degree from Princeton University with a major in behavioural biology, studied architecture at the Architectural Association and earned a PhD on the geometry of fibrous composites in architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture (2009).




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 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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Ulrika Karlsson is an architect and founding member of the architectural design and research collaboratives Brrum and servo stockholm. She is professor of architecture at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, where she previously served as the Director of the Architecture programme. Karlsson has been a professor at the University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm, and taught at Bartlett, UCL, London, and UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design. She received her master degree in architecture from Columbia University and landscape architecture degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. 

Karlsson has received several prestigious research grants, including from the Swedish Research Council and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She lectured and and contributed to numerous journals, including Arq, Perspecta, Via, Arkitektur and AD. Karlsson has exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, ArkDes, SFMoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Wexner Center for the Arts, MoMA/QNS, Artists Space, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. servo’s work is part of the permanent collections of SFMoMA and the FRAC Centre. She curated the exhibition Plots Prints Projections as part of a collateral event at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice.

Engaging a playful use of technology and material experimentation, her practice has a specific interest in the role of architectural representation and its potential conflation of material and informational qualities.

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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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