Mya Berger

Mya Berger is a Swiss-Moroccan curator, artist and writer with a background in economics and cultural studies. She is currently based in Brussels.

Michaela Büsse

Michaela Büsse works as Research Associate at the Institute of Cultural History and Theory at Humboldt-University in Berlin. She is interested in the interplay of material practices, technologies, and geological processes and the way they (re)configure environments.

Lili Carr

Lili Carr is a British-born architect with a background in the natural sciences. She holds a Diploma from the Architectural Association in London (2016) and a Bachelor of Arts in physics from the University of Oxford (2009). Between 2017 and 2018 she co-organised Free School of Architecture. Between 2018 and 2020 she worked as map director on Feral Atlas, an open-access digital humanities project published by Stanford University Press ( In 2021 she participated in the Bauhaus Lab: Vegetation under Power. Lili is currently retraining as a landscape architect.

Laya Chirravuru

Laya Chirravuru is a design researcher and an alumnus of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. She is a craft enthusiast with a background in fashion design. She critically examines the social and cultural entanglements of indigenous textiles and craft activities of South Asia, shaping the contemporary discourse of sustainability.

Charlie-Anne Côté

Charlie-Anne Côté is a designer and researcher from Montreal, Canada. She graduated from the COOP masters program at the Bauhaus Dessau, where her thesis research focused on hygiene practices and sanitary infrastructures in North American cities. She currently works at the Canadian Center for Architecture, assisting in the research and programming of public events.

Adam Drazin

Dr Adam Drazin is an Associate Professor in Anthropology, UCL. His PhD was on the material culture of care and cleanliness in Romania. His latest book is Design Anthropology in Context (Routledge 2021).

Maya Errázuriz

Maya Errázuriz is an art historian, curator and editor from Santiago, Chile. Her research focuses on art and ecology applied to nature conservation strategies. She currently works as Head of Art and Publications at Fundación Mar Adentro, where she leads curatorial research and is in charge of the Bosque Pehuén Residency Program, which seeks to address the conservation of a forest from a transdisciplinary perspective. 

Anastasiia Fomina

Nastasia Fomina is a design researcher from Ukraine. She has been working as an industrial designer, collecting experience in global production. Today she investigates Nature-Culture entanglements in a human and non-human diverse world with an interest in co-existence between them. She is passionate about storytelling by design to make processes and complexity visible. She is searching for alternative ways of design with a focus on social-material relationships. Her goal is to feed imaginations with different stories to build more sustainable futures.

Aída Herrera Peña

Aída Herrera Peña (MSc) is a Colombian design researcher and performance artist based in Berlin. Her practice explores the social activity between humans and non-humans through body language, embodied experience, and performative strategies. 

Lucia Pietroiusti

Lucia Pietroiusti is a curator working at the intersection of art, ecology and systems, usually outside of the gallery format. Pietroiusti is the founder of the General Ecology project at Serpentine, London, where she is currently Strategic Advisor for Ecology. She is the co-founder (with Ashish Ghadiali) of the climate-justice focused non-profit, Radical Ecology.

Elisabetta Rattalino

Dr Elisabetta Rattalino is an art historian, currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Free University of Bolzano. Her research engages with histories of art and design practices engaging with rural environments and cultures.

Ottonie von Roeder

Ottonie von Roeder is a designer applying research, education and speculation to question existing societal systems. Her practice is based in Leipzig and she works currently as a guest tutor at Design Investigations at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Nancy Dayanne Valladares

Nancy Dayanne Valladares (b.1991) is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and educator from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Valladares completed her Bachelor in Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Valladares was recently a Fellow at Harvard University’s Film Studies Center, A Fialkow Fellow from the Transmedia Storytelling Initiative at MIT, and a resident at the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau in Germany.

Participating Study Programmes

COOP Design Research

COOP Design Research strives to integrate design and research as transdisciplinary field between material culture studies, design anthropology, history and theory. The one-year MSc. program combines discourses of design research from multiple perspectives. As focal points of the teachings the multifaceted forms of designerly knowledge acquisition are addressed and discussed. The idea of COOP Design Research takes up the historical Bauhaus avant-garde school's central understanding of design as researching practice critically and links historicised design studies to perspectives on current topics of architecture and design research. The COOP Design Research MSc. program is conducted as a teaching cooperative by Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in cooperation with Humboldt University Berlin and takes place at Gropius´ Bauhaus in Dessau and partly at Humboldt University in Berlin. The courses are jointly run by professors and lecturers from the associated institutions as well as international guest lecturers. In the Study Rooms the 2020 participants will address the annual topic “Habitat“ in an experimental group exercise regarding the topic of “House Societies“.

Coop Design Research Students Participating at the Study Rooms 2022:

Joshuah Emerson Anthikad Paul, Mert Aytac, Benno Brucksch, Wissam Elmawi, Ekaterina Grushka, Thiemo Alexander Klein, Louise Mazet, Saloni Dilip Mhapsekar, Raveena Nayar, Ruchira Anil Pandit, Maithili Pisharody, Prashanti Vimal Pujara, Syed Ali Qamber, Tarjani Mukesh Samani, Cylvia Selvanathan Jenita, Bhavin Shukla, Bruna Valdares Chaves, Martín Volman, Yara M Zbib, Nino Zhvania, Kim Jennifer Huber, Nursena Topcuoğlu, Nilsu Cagla Yavuz, Saba Akbar, Anas Ben Omran, Muhammad Zeerak Khan, Vaidehi Manan Gajjar

Master Open Design

the international interdisciplinary Master’s degree program Open Design/Diseño Abierto para la Innovación, which is jointly organized by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) and the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). With the program’s main focus being the interdisciplinary »design turn« in research, students acquire interdisciplinary skills relating to a broad spectrum of empirical methodologies that encompass cultural studies and humanities through analysis and historicizing, scientific experimentalisation from the natural sciences, and creative synthesis from the design disciplines. The program prepares students in specific social and intercultural competencies, including critical reflection in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team; linguistic skills (English, German, Spanish); and experience in communication between internationally differentiated cultures of knowledge.

Master Open Design Students Participating at the Study Rooms 2022:

June Cristal Audirac Kushida, Fatma Betül Avci, Maria Pilar Cebey, Juan Pablo Ceresa, Wenni Wendi Chua Agustina Creta, Elizabeth Daviz, Javier Deyheralde, Margarita Maria Dìaz Casas, Daniel Disitzer Serebrenick, Dominique Esterl, Frank Axel Feider Irigoyen, Andres Felipe Gatto, Magdalena Gonzalez Botana, Cintia Guerrero, Joaquín Guillermo Jamilis Ricaldoni, Julia Kostyra, Alexandre Nicolet, Barbara Niveyro, Sofi Orti, Belén Palacios, Camilo Andrés Rico Calderón, Jean-Maxime Rivière, Lucila María Sarasola, Ilkin Tasdelen, Anthony Jacob Thottungal, Izem Yilmaz

HTC History Theory Criticism studio platform Academy of Fine Arts Vienna:

Additionally to its teaching activities, the Platform HTC is also concerned with research, especially in the fields of the history, theory, and criticism of architecture, urban construction, and space. Therefore, the uniqueness of this Platform lies in its function as an interface: not only between research and teaching, but also between the theory and practice of architectural designing. This is clearly visible in the design studios, where, using a variety of experimental formats, students have the opportunity of “designing” research, and of “researching” design. Thus, students can utilize their visual and creative faculties for theoretical and historical work; they can write and design books, curate exhibitions, prepare and deliver presentations, or design abstract spatial concepts or theories. However, students also have the chance of acquiring the knowledge required for a scientific career, or for writing a doctoral thesis.

Study Rooms 2022 participants of the Bachelor Design studio platform HTC (History | Theory | Criticism) of the Institute for Art and Architecture of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna:

Teachers: Angelika Schnell, Antje Lehn; Students: Olivia Ahn, Charlotte Beaudon-Römer, Jakob Draz, Salomé Feigenbrügel, Lucas Fischötter, Woohee Kim, Felix Knoll, Armin Maierhofer, Jonathan Moser, Diána Mudrák, Anna-Elina Pieber, Normunds Pune, Mona Prochaska, Dana Radzhibaeva, Christian Reinecke, Paul Schurich