Participants

Gabriela Aquije Zegarra
is a Peruvian Architect and Design researcher from Lima, Peru, currently based in Germany. Through a critical space practice, she designs within the public realm, its actors, cultural material, and infrastructures. Her personal and collaborative work includes landscape architecture to curatorial and exhibition design projects. More on Gabriela

Bergit Arends
is a curator of contemporary art and researcher. She creates and studies interdisciplinary curatorial and artistic processes, with a current focus on environment and visual art. In her curatorial practice she collaborates with artists to experiment with forms of representation, subject categories, methodological approaches and public formats. This includes projects to decolonise natural history museums and research on plants in artistic practices. Her current research project is entitled “Routes into the Anthropocene: an interpretative method for 50 years of art and environment artworks, 1970 to 2020”. This study applies the Anthropocene as an interpretative tool to visual and sound works. Her doctoral thesis is entitled Contemporary Art, Archives and Environmental Change in the Age of the Anthropocene (2017). The research and related fieldwork resulted among other in the publication Chrystel Lebas. Field studies: walking through landscapes and archives (Fw:Books, 2018). The publication was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Best Photography Book 2018. She was doctoral Reid Scholar in the departments of Geography and Drama, Theatre & Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London. She holds a MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art and studied Paper Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts, both in London.

Valentina Buitrago Garcia
is a Colombian product designer and design researcher based in Berlin. Since her studies, she has focused on Design Anthropology and the understanding of non-western discourses in design practices. One of her major interests is the work of textile designer and artist Anni Albers and her work with indigenous knowledge.

Leticia M. Brown
is a designer and researcher whose interests span design history, design education, and postcolonial theory. She is a member of the Bauhaus Lab 2020: A Concrete for the “Other Half”.

Sria Chatterjee
is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Kunsthistorisches 4A Laboratory program in Berlin, and a SNSF researcher at the Institute for Experimental Design and Media at the FHNW in Basel. She is currently Contributing Editor at British Art Studies. Sria holds a PhD from Princeton University.

common-interest
is a non-profit design research practice, established in 2018 by longtime collaborators Corin Gisel and Nina Paim. common-interest operates at the intersection of knowledge production, exchange, and mediation, conceives, organizes, and produces texts, publications, exhibitions, workshops, events, and more. They use design as both a lens to critically look at the world, a tool to bring people together, and as a means to make socially relevant insights public. To them, design research is an activist tool for issue advocacy, collectivity building, and commoning knowledge. Their projects focus on social justice, untold and marginalized stories, and environmental issues. In all that they do, they strive to nurture and empower cross-cultural exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration and are committed to a fair, transparent, and inclusive ethos of working. In 2019, common-interest received a Swiss Design Award in the category of design mediation for curating the exhibition Department of Non-Binaries at the inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial in Sharjah (UAE). Together with journalist Madeleine Morley, Corin and Nina co-founded Futuress in 2020, an online magazine and community space for design research that foregrounds perspectives that are still too often marginalized, neglected, and oppressed.

COOP Design Research Study Group 2020
strives to integrate design and research as transdisciplinary field between material culture studies, design anthropology, history and theory. The one-year MSc. programme 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. programme 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”.
Heads of programme: Prof Stephan Pinkau, Prof Dr Regina Bittner
Participants: Venkata Bhramarambika Laya Chirravuru, Charlie-Anne Côté, Fabiano de Souza Ramos, Anastasiia  Fomina, Ahmed Abdelkader Abdelkareem Ibrahim, Barkin Karabas, Sophia Helena Kränkel, Zainab Marvi,  Donghyun Jason Nam, Kristine Pace, Sze Yue “Cecilia” Poon, Divya Rajkumar, Ahmed Hisham Sofan,  Rafeef Tayfour, Rujiradha Techawieset, Elena Luisa Tezak, Gizem Ulusoy, Ahmed Essam Younis, Nilra Aysegül Zoraloglu.

Muhammad Rifqi Fajri (Gudskul)
is an Indonesian product designer and design researcher whose works lives in between (artistic) practice and theory. He experiments through making functional products, exploring materials, as well as creating social interventions. In the recent years, he joined and collaborated with ruruArtLab; an art laboratory of ruangrupa. Up until now, he works mainly on research and development of Unconditional Design, a design review that focuses on observing the users tactics on making different functions of products/objects based from their own respective background.

Gudskul
is an educational knowledge-sharing platform formed in 2018 by three Jakarta-based collectives: ruangrupa, Serrum, and Grafis Huru Hara.
Gudskul sincerely believes in sharing and working together as two vital elements in developing Indonesian contemporary art and culture. Their intent is to disseminate initiative spirit through artistic and cultural endeavors in a society committed to collectivism, and to promote initiators who make local needs their highest priority, while at the same time contributing to and holding crucial roles internationally. Gudskul is building an ecosystem in which many participants are co-operating, including artists, curators, art writers, managers, researchers, musicians, filmmakers, architects, cooks, designers, fashionistas, and street artists.
The Gudskul members focus on different (artistic) practices and media, such as installation, video, sound, performance, media art, citizen participation, graphic arts, design, and pedagogy, etc. This multiplicity contributes to diversifying the issues and actors involved in every collaborative project that happens within a social, political, cultural, economical, environmental, and pedagogical context. Gudskul is open to anyone who is interested in co-learning, developing collective-based artistic practices, and art-making with a focus on collaboration.

Rebekka Hehn
is a customer experience and graphic designer from cologne. She studied Integrated Design (B.A. at KISD) and graduated 2019 from the MSc COOP Design Research programme at Bauhaus.

Aída Herrera Peña
is a design researcher, currently exploring performative design practices as a source of knowledge production from the perspective of a Colombian industrial designer with a background in dance and performative arts.

Fritz Horstman
is education director at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Fritz Horstman’s sculptures and drawings have been in recent exhibitions across North America and Europe.

Hurra Hurra Podcast of Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle with Prof. Christian Zöllner
is a podcast series of the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle focused on current positional determinations and questions on design. How do we want to work and live as designers? Which tasks do we want and have to take on in the future? What do we need for this? What role can design studies play in the search for answers to these questions?
Christian Zöllner, Professor of Design Methods and Experiment at the Burg Giebichenstein regularly talks to designers, researchers and artists about current topics, discourses and debates in design in the podcast series, which is open source available at Spotify, Deezer, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts and directly on the Hurra Hurra website.
For the Study Rooms, Burg Giebichenstein students talk to participants about their projects, positions and perspectives in design education. More on Hurra Hurra podcast

Imad Gebrayel
is a Lebanese creative director and researcher based in Berlin. He has produced visual and theoretical works around self-Orientalism in Arab design, subjective mapping and archiving. He also collaborated with several journalistic platforms, exploring common grounds between design and media outlets across Europe. After years of experience as creative director of Mojo Ink – a creative studio operating between Abu Dhabi and Beirut – he moved to the Netherlands to complete a Master’s degree in Graphic Design. He is currently teaching at several academic institutions and undertaking ethnographic research on the negotiations of Arab-Muslim identifications in the context of Sonnenallee, part of his PhD at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University Berlin.

Tanishka Kachru
is a Senior Faculty in Communication Design at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Her practice includes curation and cultural communication produced from archives and living heritage. Her research interests are in the areas of design histories from postcolonial perspectives, digital heritage interpretation, and discourses of heritage in smart cities. Tanishka recently curated the exhibition Design for Change-Making: Ahmedabad Declaration to UN SDG's which opened in NID Panorama on March 07, 2020. Her recent publications include Nakashima at NDI (2016) and she is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Craft and Sustainability in India (releasing 2021). She earned an MA in History of Design and the Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York, 2001 and a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the University of Bombay, 1997. 

Denisa Kollarová
lives and works in Amsterdam, where she graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2013. Playground situations as cultural resources are the fields of her on-going research. More on Denisa

Metini Krivanish
is currently a Product Manager of Allmyhomes GmbH. She organizes a interdisciplinary team including a operational representative, a designer, and software developers to provide the digital service for purchasing property. She graduated from Master of Sciences Coop Design Research in 2015. Her master thesis focused on emerging customer culture during the Cold War, and is combined with her personal interests about learning through perceptions and concepts of individuality. In Thailand, she graduated Bachelor Degree of New Media Communication and Psychology.

Elias Kurth
is a Berlin based artist, performer and architect. Working across these disciplines, he explores the tensions between fictional and factual spaces, between individual fantasies and societal realities. His work focuses on the process of physical, material and spatial transformation. Starting from the human body as a source of knowledge and using movement as a thinking tool, Kurth develops intersections between performance, architecture, video and sculpture. More on Elias

Rebekka Ladewig
received her doctorate in 2012 at the Institute for Cultural Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin and was subsequently a research assistant in the Cluster of Excellence " Bild Wissen Gestaltung. Ein interdisziplinäres Labor" at the Humboldt-Universität. In October 2014, she moved to the Media Faculty of the Bauhaus University Weimar as a research associate, where she held the professorship for the history and theory of cultural techniques from 2018 to 2020. She is currently a visiting professor at the Institute for Film, Theater and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. Her most recent publications include the monograph Schwindel. Eine Epistemologie der Orientierung (Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, 2020) and the anthology Milieu Fragmente. Technologische und ästhetische Perspektiven (ilinx. Kollaborationen 3), edited with Angelika Seppi (Spector Books: Leipzig, 2020).

Maison Sésame
has been experimenting with space and collective living in the region of Northern France since March 2019. Through re-creating and occupying shared living spaces, this association aspires to be a place of refuge, which brings together people in transit, those in need, activists and local citizens. Léa Janvier, one of its members, will be discussing the work of the organization. 

Monika Markgraf
is a research associate for construction research and monument conservation at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Before that, she worked as an architect with a focus on construction research and refurbishment of listed buildings. Currently she is particularly interested in research into architecture and the history of the Bauhaus buildings as well as the maintenance and conservation of these buildings. Monument conservation of Modernist buildings as well as creation and maintenance of a construction research archive are further priorities of her work. She regularly publishes the results of her work, and she is a member of  ICOMOS and DOCOMOMO.

Simon Mitchell
is a PhD candidate in Architecture at the University of Manchester. His working thesis, titled Rethinking Bauhaus Architectural Heritage: Logics of Valuation Through Collecting, Archiving, and Exhibiting draws on material-semiotic methods to explore and describe the kinds of practices and valuation processes which help make Bauhaus architectural heritage.

Roohid Novinrooz
is a design researcher and architect. He is a former graduate of the Bauhaus design research programme, where he developed an epistemological understanding of design and the designed world. In his thesis particularly, he studied the dwelling practice through the lens of anthropology and phenomenology to frame the empirical gap between “home” and “house”.
Roohid is not only passionate about insights from intersubjective and rich context that imbues design, but he also thrives in the application of rigorous field studies into creative grounded solutions. His key research interests are phenomenology of space, anthropology of architecture, and human-centered design.

Marlene Oeken
is an exhibition and product designer. In her research she investigates the cultural meaning of (everyday) objects & architecture translating it into spatial experiences. She studied at Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe and at L’Écal / Lausanne and was a fellow of Bauhaus Lab 2017.

Alina Oueishek
is a post graduate of design research and an architect. In pursuit of combining practice and theory, she has been involved in interior, architectural and furniture design, research and civil work, handmade and visual documentation.

Adam Przywara
is an architecture historian and PhD Candidate at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on material transformations of rubble and ruins in Warsaw of late 1940s. Adam participated in Bauhaus Lab 2018.

Kathrin Rutschmann
is an exhibition designer interested in spatial communication and object design with an emphasis on tactile experience. Since 2018 she has been working at res d Design und Architektur in Cologne. She was a fellow of Bauhaus Lab 2017.

Sneha Singh
is an Indian architect and at present she is pursuing her PhD research at Bauhaus University, Weimar. She has also been a former student at masters in COOP design research graduating in 2019.

Pappal Suneja
is a design researcher, an architect and a writer. He is founder and curator of the Architectural Journalism & Criticism Organisation and Country Editor for World Architecture Community.

Vivien Tauchmann
is a designer and researcher, exploring socio-political relations through an embodied and kinaesthetic approach. She graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Schneeberg and with a master’s degree in Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven. Currently, she is based in Leipzig. Vivien is founder of the United Negotiation of Otherness, an initiative, that engages critically with the politics of bodies and “othering” through relational design practices. Her on-going project Self-As-Other-Trainings was part of different workshops and amongst others presented at Festival School Fundamental (Bauhaus Dessau), INSIST 2 (KU Leuven), the new local (Brussels) and the 4th Istanbul Design Biennal – A School of Schools.

Ngọc Triệu
is a Vietnamese design researcher whose works explore the possibilities of design in imagining the future of the worlds through lenses such as decoloniality, decentralisation and ecological harmony.

Angelika Waniek
lives and works as a performance artist in Leipzig. In her solo performances, Angelika Waniek analyzes the cultural and historical narratives of the theatre locations or exhibition spaces where she performs. This is accompanied by a reflection on forms of cultural appropriation that are also reflected in the examination of collective modes of work and production and operate with the concept of experiential knowledge. Performer for Tino Sehgal, She She Pop, Irina Pauls and others. Co-founder of the collective Pik7 with Martina Hefter and Ulrike Feibig.