Gabriela Aquije is a Peruvian Architect and Design researcher from Lima, Peru, based in Germany. The plural landscapes of Food Systems, their politics and ecologies, are part of the framework of her critical design practice.
Mya Berger is a Moroccan and Swiss curator with a background in economics, sociology and cultural studies. She holds a bachelor (Honours) from the Amsterdam University College and a Masters from the Central Saint Martins School of Arts. Her practice touches upon the poetry and viscerality of research and documentation. She is currently researching maintenance practices and their artistic and cultural representations in Morocco and its diaspora.
Leticia M. Brown
Leticia M. Brown (MSc.) is a designer and researcher from the United States. Her research interests include design history, design education, and postcolonial theory, with a focus on decolonizing practices. She is currently active in the field of interior architecture and living in Munich, Germany.
Büro für Kostruktivismus Sandra Bartoli and Silvan Linden
Sandra Bartoli and Silvan Linden are architects and founders of the Büros für Konstruktivismus in Berlin. In 2020 they co-edited with Florian Wüst the books “Licht Luft Scheisse – Archaeologies of Sustainability” and “Über Natur” (adocs Verlag). These publications form the outcome of a research project started in 2014 exploring an environmental history of architecture that concluded with two homonymous exhibitions curated by the trio in Berlin in 2019 at the Botanical Garden Museum and the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK). They office publishes the architectural zine “AG Architekur in Gebrauch” (adocs Verlag) in which concepts of “use” are explored as an aesthetic category that informs the development and transformation of architectural space.
Bartoli is co-editor of “Tiergarten: Landscape of Transgression” (Park Books, 2019) with Jörg Stollmann. She taught at the Technische Universität Berlin, IKA Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and is Professor at the Architecture Faculty of Munich University of Applied Sciences.
Linden is co-author of the book “La Zona – Index” (ngbk, 2012) and co-editor with Arno Brandlhuber, of the architectural publication series “Disko 1–25” (AdBK, 2006–11). Linden has held positions as guest professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg and has also taught at the Technische Universität Berlin, Greenwich University in London, and the Technische Universität Braunschweig.
Charlie-Anne Côté is a design researcher and a participant in the COOP Design Research Master program. Her interests lie in the democratization of design practices, the inclusion and empowerment of minorities in the decision-making process and the designed objects.
Kenny Cupers is a scholar and educator who works at the intersection of architectural history, urban studies, and critical geography. Grounded in primary research, his work analyzes built spaces and systems in order to answer questions about power and historical change. His research focuses on the role of housing in urban and state transformation, the epistemology and geopolitics of modernism, and the power and aesthetics of infrastructure. Central to these interests is a focus on design—understood as a technique of governing and as a lens on human and material agency.
David Davalos Sanchez
David Davalos is an architect from Ecuador where he has active experience as a practitioner, researcher and lecturer of architecture and urban concerns. His latest research had led him towards material semiotics, future thinking and Actor Networks of things. Currently, he is involved as architect and design research for the private sector in Dusseldorf and lecturer of Research Methods in Architecture at Hochschule Anhalt while finding space for personal readings and hobbies.
Chris Dähne is an architectural historian and postdoctoral associate at the LOEWE research cluster "Architectures of Order" at Goethe University Frankfurt a. M. Her research is transdisciplinary and crosses the boundaries of architectural theory, media history and technology studies. She studied architecture at TU Delft, where she received her PhD with a thesis on film and architecture. She was visiting researcher at Waseda University Tokyo, visiting scholar at TU Delft and taught at various universities. Several publications: Die Stadtsinfonie der 1920er Jahre (2013), Infrastrukturen des Urbanen (2013), Architektur ausstellen (2015), Utopia Computer (2021).
Irma del Valle Nachón
Irma is an architect and researcher. Her portfolio includes heritage conservation project supervision, industrial, and interior design. Her research is focused on the relationship between modern architecture, industrial production, and their environmental costs. She has carried out research stays at Light Grey Art Lab (Iceland), Arc-et-Senans Saline Royal (France) and at the Bauhaus Dessau (Germany). She is co-founder of Taller La Semilla (Mexico), a design studio that works closely with local craftsmen and regional materials, transferring fading traditional skills into modern architectural design. Currently, she is Manager of Operations & Project Delivery at Foolscap Studio (Australia), a cross-disciplinary design practice.
Nastasia Fomina is a design researcher from Kyiv (Ukraine), currently based in Berlin. She has been working as an industrial designer, collecting experience in global production. She led the industrial design department of the “youth association of the Union of Designers of Ukraine” in the role of Curator. 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 for design with a focus on social-material relationships. Her goal is to feed imaginations with different stories to build more sustainable futures.
Ines Glowania is an interdisciplinary research-based designer from Germany with a MA in Information Design from Design Academy Eindhoven. In her practice she combines methods of journalism and performance with design to investigate (cultural, political, economical) circumstances. She deconstructs complex systems or events in order to create informative artistic installations. Her work was exhibited in Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, during the Defense Conference of the International Court of Justice in The Hague and currently in the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
For this edition of Bauhaus Dessau’s Study Room, Gudskul—through its Praktik Spasial subject matter—is contributing through three separate but related presentations. The presentations, although they can stand by their own respectively, can be read as a critical attempt to understand the collectivities Gudskul is campaigning for through the on-going architecture and design it has utilised and assembled up until recently.
Trained as an architect (B.Arch from Universitas Indonesia and M.Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art), farid rakun wears different hats, dependent on who is asking. A visiting lecturer in the Architecture Department of Universitas Indonesia, he is also a part of the artists’ collective ruangrupa, with whom he co-curated Sonsbeek ’16: TRANSaction in Arnhem, NL, and currently serving as the collective Artistic Director of the forthcoming documenta fifteen (Kassel, DE, 2022).
Muhammad Rifqi Fajri
Muhammad Rifqi Fajri is an Indonesian product designer and design researcher whose works lies 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.
Rifandi Nugroho (b.1992) is a writer, researcher and occasional curator working on the intersection between architecture, archive, and everyday life. He is currently a graduate student majoring History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Indonesia, involve in the spatial practice subject of gudskul and work as an editor in arsitekturindonesia.org. Since 2017, with friends, he established Kelompok Kurator Kampung, an interdisciplinary collective focused on curatorial works on art and social context.
Sabine Hansmann (Dr.-Ing) is a researcher at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and the City (GTAS) at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. She teaches at the COOP Design Research Program by Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Hochschule Anhalt in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. From 2013-2018 she was a member of the Laboratory for Integrative Architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Both provided the framework for her doctoral thesis (2019). In 2017, she was a visiting researcher at the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG). Her research focuses on architecture, urbanism, spatial theory, actor-network-theory and material semiotics.
Brigitte Hartwig is a designer and educator teaching visual communication / design with a social impact at the Department of Design at Anhalt University, Dessau. She also is one of the founding members of Vorort e.V.. A formerly vacant building in Dessau city centre, turned into a space for graduates and citizens to bring more creativity to Dessau. As an alternative to the omnipresence of digital media, she aims in her teaching at shaping communication between people and groups. Her objective is to regain public space as a place for discussion and participation.
Michael Hohl is a designer, design researcher and educator. His research interests include cybernetics and systemic thinking in design, among others. He is especially interested in connecting design theory/designing to local problems, resources, culture in a kind of cybernetic ‘human-centred' approach which he began experimenting with together with Ranulph Glanville from 2011 on. Its a structured, bottom-up approach in which the students take on more responsibilities, locate problems (in town, home or campus) and we learners connect those with models, methods, methodology and theory where necessary. We give each other feedback continuously and also learn about different ways of reflecting.
studied Art in Stuttgart an Münster, then architecture in Aachen, Florence and Stuttgart. Editor of db deutsche Bauzeitung 1997–2004. In 2004 he founded frei04 publizistik together with Ursula Baus and Claudia Siegele. Has published severals books, works as freelance editor, curator and critic. He was assistant professor at at the Institute of Urbanism at University of Stuttgart 2005–2010, teaching and research. Curator at the weissenhof gallery for architecture in Stuttgart. Since 2010 managing director of the Association of German Architects BDA in Hesse. Since 2017 editor of the magazine for architecture and urban design marlowes.de (with Ursula Baus and Claudia Siegele)
Ezgi İşbilen is an architect and educator whose teaching and research focus on the intersections of history, theory, criticism, and design. She studies the entanglements between architectural theory and contemporary modes of production. She is a former collaborator of Bauhaus LAB  and currently a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech.
Hannah Knox is Associate Professor of Anthropology at University College London and Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Anthropology. Her research focuses on the social life of technical systems, engineering and policy making, and her books include Roads: An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise (with Penny Harvey) Ethnography for a Data-Saturated World (with Dawn Nafus) and Thinking like a Climate: Governing a City in Times of Environmental Change. She is also co-editor (with Gemma John) of a forthcoming book on the relationship between social science and infrastructure design, Speaking for the Social in Projects of Technical Change: A Catalogue of Methods.
Denisa Kollarová is independent researcher and graphic designer based in Amsterdam. Playground situations as cultural resources are the fields of her on-going urban study. www.seventeenplaygrounds.com
Natália Kvítková is an independent researcher and writer, born in Czechoslovakia and now based in Berlin. She graduated from the MSc Design Research program at the Bauhaus Dessau in 2018. Her research attempts to understand the social, cultural and architectural implications of socialist modernism. She has been tracing the obsolescence, lost heritage and persistent eradication of the socialist urban landscape post-1989 in the form of architectural obituaries.
Zainab Marvi is a design researcher, graphic designer, and illustrator from Karachi, Pakistan. Her interest areas lie at the intersection of design, gender and urbanism. Having lived and worked in Karachi, a common thread in her design practice revolves around how the marginalised communities, especially women, perceive and navigate the city. Her thesis research explores feminist practices in urban cities, and how decolonial-feminist thinking can be applied to placemaking. Zainab is currently pursuing MSc. in Design Research at Bauhaus-Dessau, and is part of the on-going Against the Grain Fellowship Program by Futuress – a feminist platform for design politics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason is a design educator, founder and director of Design Disco, a nonprofit organization aiming to make design education more accessible to people of all ages. He is currently at COOP Design Research by Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Hochschule Anhalt in cooperation with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, focusing on the conceptualization of design education for adolescent teens. He finds joy in helping young people discover the relevance of design in their lives.
Kristine is currently pursuing an MSc in Design Research at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Hochschule Anhalt funded through the Endeavour Scholarship Scheme. She is an architect from Malta, where she has worked for several years and formerly completed her studies. She has previously participated and directed several workshops and lectures at the University of Malta. Today she forms part of the Against the Grain a Futuress Fellowship Program. Her current research focuses on the tracing of multiple agencies within the Maltese urban fabric with particular focus on the terraced house typology.
Divya R is a landscape architect from India currently based in Germany. She is currently pursuing her masters in design research. Since her studies, her research focus has been to understand the nature-culture entanglements and phenomena of place.
Maryia Rusak is a third year PhD student at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Maryia’s research is mainly focused on intricacies of architectural production and the way regulations, political and technological structures condition the way we built. Maryia holds a BA in Architecture from Princeton University, and a MSc degree in Urban Planning from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Previously, she has worked with Sweco Architects, Stockholm on large urban design and infrastructural projects in Sweden and Eastern China.
Friederike Schäfer is an art historian, curator and author. Since 2017 she teaches Media Art / Photography at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design). After studying art history and North American studies (Freie Universität Berlin; University of Washington, Seattle; Bard Graduate Center, NYC), she co-conceived various collective, interdisciplinary research and exhibition projects (such as for nGbK Berlin; Bauhaus Dessau; Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe; Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg). Friederike Schäfer received her PhD from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as part of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory.
Professor for architectural theory, architectural history and design at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Study of Theatre Science and Architecture at the LMU Munich, TU Berlin and TU Delft. Dissertation on the theoretical work of Aldo Rossi (summa cum laude). From 1993 until 2001 editor of ARCH+, since 1999 teaching positions in architectural theory and architectural history at the TU Berlin, State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart Stuttgart, University Groningen and University Innsbruck. Member of the editorial boards of ARCH+ and Candide, Co-editor of Bauwelt Fundamente. Research foci on the relationship between architecture and urbanism in the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular on the criticism of modernism and its historiographical conception, on design methods and their transdisciplinary interconnections. Latest book publication: Aldo Rossis Konstruktion des Wirklichen – Eine Architekturtheorie mit Widersprüchen, Birkhäuser, Basel/Berlin 2019
Pia Bauer, Philipp Behawy, Daron Chiu, Chiara Desbordes, Dilâ Kırmızıtoprak, Stepan Nesterenko, Ruben Stadler, Sophia Stemshorn: The eight students are all currently studying for a Master's degree at the Institute for Art and Architecture (IKA) at the Academy of Fine Arts, and some of them are preparing their Master's thesis. Some of them already have experience as editors (e.g. at the self-founded magazine 'blank') and in architectural theory essays on contemporary issues.
Martha Schwindling is concerned with the designed parameters of everyday life. She designs products, systems, and spaces for use and teaches both university and high school students. She frequently collaborates with other designers, artists, curators, and researchers on exhibitions, educational programs, and publications. She is based in Berlin, where she has been running her studio since 2014, after graduating from HfG Karlsruhe with a degree in product design, communication design and art research. www.marthaschwindling.com
Amarjeet Singh Tomar
Amar is an architect, researcher and artist. His work focuses on art and design’s response to various socio-ecological issues. He currently works independently from New Delhi where he also holds the position of a visiting faculty at World University of Design. His current research engagements include Delhi and its struggles with pollution and Bhopal’s neglected industrial history and its present and future implications.
Daniel Springer is an architect and researcher with a specific interest in artistic and cultural production. Currently, he works as a Research Associate at the HafenCity University Hamburg, where he also pursues an artistic-scientific PhD-program at the Chair of Architecture and Art. In his doctoral research, he focuses on the theory of the fragment and its role in artistic processes and research.
Tertia is a design strategist practicing at the intersection of strategy and making. A Bauhaus graduate, her thesis investigated the epistemological and anthropological dimensions of the technological creation process. Today she drives business and social value through design by inspiring incumbents and startups alike to imagine and build better futures.
Léonie Thiroux is a French design and architecture historian based in Paris. Her research focuses on the period of the Reconstruction (1945-1962) with a particular interest in the history of exhibition design. She especially studied the Salon des Arts Ménagers, an annual fair held in France until 1983 and its direct relations with public bodies in terms of educational, production and cultural policies.
Clemens Winkler is a designer, researcher and lecturer working at the intersection of ephemeral material processes and actual socio-technological, scientific and geopolitical dynamics, addressing principles from biology, quantum physics and artificial intelligence. Since 2019, he is researching at the Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« at Humboldt University Berlin. He has exhibited internationally and taught as a lecturer for several years in the »Interaction Design« department at Zurich University of the Arts, and as a guest lecturer recently at “Design Products”, Royal College of Art London and the “Ginkgo Bioworks Creative Residency” program. He studied at Royal College of Art London, MIT Media Labs Boston, Berlin University of the Arts and University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein Halle.
Michael Zinganel works as architecture theorist, cultural historian, curator and artist, producing and co-editing exhibitions and publications: e.g. on the ‘productivity of crime for architecture and urban design’, the ‘Red Vienna housing programme’, the legacy of Socialist seaside holiday resorts (with E. Beyer and A. Hagemann, Jovis 2013). With Michael Hieslmair he co-founded the independent research platform Tracing Spaces, focussing on infrastructure and mobilities: In ‘Stops and Go: Nodes of Transformation and Transition’ (Sternberg Press 2019) they investigated the social production and appropriation of space at transit nodes alongside traffic-corridors interconnecting the former East and West of Europe.
Nilra Zoraloğlu is an architect and design researcher. Currently, she is continuing her master's in The Coop Design Research Master program. In her research, she interrogates the question of how the “Modern Heritage Policy” was produced/represented vis-à-vis “modernity,” by what actors, and with what agendas. She is also currently a fellow at Futuress platform that fostering critical perspectives on the designed past and democratizes access to design history writing. Moreover, she is a member of the Design Justice Network, which is an international community of people and organizations that are committed to rethinking design processes.