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Dr. Katharina Borsi has trained as an architect and urbanist at the Technical University Berlin and The Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, and holds a Master and Doctoral degree from the Architectural Association, London. She worked in practice in Berlin and in London, including at Foster and Partners Architects and Designers where she was involved in projects in the City of London such as 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and Sainsbury Headquarters. Katharina taught in the Histories and Theories Graduate Programme at the AA. She also taught Architectural History, Urban Theory and Design Studio at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow before joining the University of Nottingham. At Nottingham she ran the MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) programme and played a key role in setting up a Masters programme focusing on research collaborations with practice. Her research and teaching encompass the strategic role of architecture in urban change and transformation, the strategic role of housing in the formation of the city, typology and the autonomy of architecture, and the architecture and urbanism of innovation. Katharina is also involved in multidisciplinary research projects focusing on sustainable communities and resilient cities.  

Dr. Michael Dürfeld studied Architecture and Urban Planning in Hamburg and Berlin. He earned his doctoral degree from the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin at the Department of Architectural Theory with his thesis »The Ornamental and the Architectural Form. System-theoretical Irritations« (2007). He is a founding member of the »Netzwerk Architekturwissenschaft e.V.« (Network for Architectural Science) and was a practicing architect and research fellow in Santiago de Chile. Michael Dürfeld started his own business with an  »Office for Architectural Theory Services« in Berlin and worked as a researcher for the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Max-Planck-Institut and as a scientific lector. Since 2012, Michael Dürfeld is a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence »Image Knowledge Gestaltung«. In 2013, he was a guest professor in the interdisciplinary study program »Diversity of Knowledge« at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2015 he is a lecturer in the international and interdisciplinary master program »Open Design« at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universidad de Buenos Aires. Furthermore and since 2016, he is working in the management of the priority area »Architectures of Knowledge« at the Cluster of Excellence. His research interests are situated inside the interference of architecture theory, culture theory and systems theory. The current focus is on research of interdisciplinarity.Seine Forschungsinteressen liegen in der Interferenz von Architekturtheorie, Kulturtheorie und Systemtheorie. Der aktuelle Fokus liegt auf der Interdisziplinaritätsforschung.

Jan Bovelet, Dipl.-Ing., Mag. phil. (*1980) studied architecture and philosophy at Universität Kassel, Unversität zu Köln and at TU-Berlin. He worked as architect and was a research assistant at the project Shrinking Cities, at Liberá Universtitá di Bolzano, TU-Berlin, FH Potsdam and Universität Kassel. He participated as artist and curator at various exhibitions.

Dr. Sigal Davidi is an architect and architectural historian.  She holds a B.A and M.Sc in Architecture from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (1993, 2001, both Cum laude) and a Ph.D from the Tel Aviv University (2015). Davidi researches, writes and lectures on the history of architecture in Israel, with a special interest in modern architecture and women architects in pre-state Israel. She Received the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem PhD dissertation prize (2017) and the Open University of Israel Goldberg Foundation prize (2017) for an excellent manuscript, awarding her the publication of the manuscript as a book by the university press during 2018 (Hebrew). Awarded a Minerva Fellowship for a post-doctorate at the Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Architektur, starting March 2018. She curated the exhibition The Feminine Presence in Israeli Architecture (2007, with Architect Sergio Lerman) and edited the exhibition's catalog (2009).

Prof. Dr. Tadashi Saito studied architecture at the University of Tokyo and architectural theory at the Technische Universitaet Berlin as a DAAD scholar. Between 2088 and 2010 he was a researcher and teacher of architecture and history of urbanism at Sophia University and Keio University. Since 2011 he is professor at the Yamaguchi Prefectural University, Department of Culture and Creative Arts as well as a Visiting Fellow at Chuo University, in the Institute of Social Science. His research interests are in the field of architectural history and modern architectural theory, in particular; classicism, polychrome theory, 19th century buildings in Europe, benefits of monuments and cultural tourism, strategies for urban tourism, such as architectural tours, etc... He also organized various academic events, among others: "Deutsche Architektur-Ausstellung / sausage architecture?, Tokyo, 2005, with the DAAD",  "Wiener Architektur Ausstellung / Kokoro odoru Wien Kenchiku no Tabi, Tokyo, 2009, with the Wiener Tourismusverband",  and a nationwide visit of the building "open! architecture, Tokyo, Osaka et al., s.2007". In recent years, he developed a cultural tourism dedicated to the "Verbs-Extracting Research Method", which was presented in Ottawa, Taipei and Moscow. It was awarded the 7th Hirano Kenichiro Prize in 2016.

Dr. Tom Steinert (Dr.-Ing.) holds a diploma (2003) and a doctorate (2012) in Architecture. From 2004 to 2012 he worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Urban Design II at Bauhaus University Weimar. His doctoral thesis was accorded the Wolfgang Metzger Award 2013 by the International Society for Gestalt Theory and Its Applications, and the Theodor Fischer Award 2013 by the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. His research is situated at the intersection between architecture, urban design, art history, psychology of perception, artistic positions, and the history of science and ideas. Among others, his interdisciplinary research focuses on spatial-visual complexity. Central figures in his research are Paul Hofer, Bernhard Hoesli, Colin Rowe, and Albert Erich Brinckmann.

Sofía Oropeza completed her bachelor degree in architecture at UNAM in Mexico City. From 2015 to 2016, she spent one exchange year at the Technical University Berlin. In addition to working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico, she has also worked at two offices in Mexico City: DIKA and AMEZCUA.

Sandra Meireis (Architekt, M.A.) graduated in architecture and design from the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart (diploma), Tallinn and Paris, and in the MA programme History and Critical Thinking at the Architectural Association, London (M.A.). She taught in the Department of Architectural History, Theory and Criticism, ABK Stuttgart and in the Department of International Urbanism / MSc programme Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design, University of Stuttgart. Currently she holds a position as research associate at the Chair of Architectural theory, TU Berlin, conducting her doctoral research on the social relevance of architectural micro-utopias, with a strong emphasis on political and critical theory.

Dr. Jörn Köppler (Architekt Dr. Dipl.-Ing.) Completed his Architecture studies at TU Berlin. Assistant to the Institut für Architekturtheorie und Baukunst at TU Graz, completing his Dissertation there in 2007. Opened the architecture office “Köppler Türk Architekten” with his wife Annette Köppler-Türk in Berlin and Potsdam. Recently published “Sinn und Krise moderner Architektur” with transcript publishers, as well as “natura poiesis”, as a summary of his research residency at the Villa Massimo in Rome. In November 2016, “Die Poetik des Bauens – Betrachtungen und Entwürfe” was published by transcript publishers.  

Dr. Eva Eylers (Dipl.-Ing., M.A., Ph.D.) is an architect and academic specializing in the relationship between architecture and health. Educated at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (Diploma), and at the Architectural Association, London (M.A. and Ph.D.), Eva completed her doctoral thesis which explored the role of the tuberculosis sanatorium for modern urban planning in 2011. In 2009 Eva received the joint Study Centre Research Grant from the AA and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Eva has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, at the School of Art and Design History, Kingston University, at the Architectural Association and at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier.

Jasper Cepl (Prof. Dr.) studied architecture at RWTH Aachen and TU Berlin (where he also taught from 2003–13). He is now Professor for Architecture Theory at Hochschule Anhalt, Dessau. He is the author of Oswald Mathias Ungers. Eine intellektuelle Biographie (2007) and other publications on 20th Century Architecture.

Stefana Dilova was student assistant in the department of architectural theory. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria where she spent some of her childhood and youth as much as in Sendai, Japan. In 2011/12 she taught Japanese in Sofia and since 2012 she studies architecture at the TU Berlin.

Dr. Martin Peschken (Dr. phil., M.A.) studied Art History, Comparative Studies, Publication and German as a foreign language in Berlin (FU, TU, HU) and Madrid (Universidad Complutense). During his postdoctoral degree “Poiesis und Poetik” at the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Praxis und Theorie des künstlerischen Schaffensprozesses (UdK und FU Berlin, 2003 - 2006), he ran a gallery and worked as culture manager. Between 2005 and 2010 he was freelancer (cultural studies) for the “Internationale Bauausstellung StadtUmbau” 2010 in Sachsen-Anhalt. Since 2013: Professor Architecture Theory, Department of Architecture, TU Braunschweig

Sebastian Weindauer (1987*) is a masters student of architecture at the TU Berlin. During his studies, he was a student assistant for the faculties of architectural theory, Prof. Neumeyer and Prof. Gleiter, as well as at the design studio of Prof. Ralf Pasel. In 2015 he completed an internship at the architectural office 51N4E in Brussels and afterward worked at the architectural office FAKT in Berlin. He is founder of the Initiative No-Image. He took part in many summer schools, academies and international workshops such as Bridging the Gap Brussels, Urban Commons Tirana, und Housing Systems Academy at HKW Berlin.

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