Vesna Jovanović, born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, completed her master studies at the University of Belgrade and postgraduate studies at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Subsequently, she was able to work on a competence development project between Holland and Turkey (MATRA) of the Urban Planning Office in Diyarbakir. Since 2020 she has been working as a freelance architect and urban planner on several projects at the intersection of architecture, agroecology and feminism. Since 2021 she is the main coordinator of the MAS ETH EPFL in Urban and Territorial Design at the ETH Zurich.
Prof. Dr. Jens Hauser
Jens Hauser is Visiting Professor of Art History at KIT since October 2022, with particular research and teaching interests including investigations of 'liveness', modern and contemporary art theory and history, museum studies, media theory and archaeology, performance theory and history, and interdisciplinary practices between art and science.
bureau SLA - Peter van Assche and Katja Hogenboom
After starting his career in the natural sciences and experimental mathematics, Peter van Assche switched to architecture and is now the founding director of bureau SLA, an architectural practice based in Amsterdam. As a practice, bureau SLA consists of a team of architects and builders, supported by architectural historians, landscape architects and energy experts. The studio does not wait for commissions, but builds and develops innovatively in the city - on its own initiative and with its own manpower. With this trial-and-error mentality, bureau SLA discovers the full potential of material use, energy, waste streams, smart living and working, and development processes. Peter van Assche is chairman of the Architectural Reviews and Monuments Committee in Utrecht, commissioner for the Utrecht Station District, and professor of architecture and circular thinking at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. He received a Master of Information Technology (cum laude) from Eindhoven University of Technology and earned his architecture degree from the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture.
Peter van Assche currently teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt (Germany) and Cornell University (United States, NY).
Katja Hogenboom is a Dutch architect, researcher, and educator. She studied at the TU Delft and worked in several architectural offices in Spain and the Netherlands. She designed housing and public buildings, such as police headquarters. In 2008 she started her own practice, where she developed a new public concept redesigning the interior and added a pavilion on top of the university library Leiden. She also worked for the state architect of the Netherlands, setting up educational programs, organized and curated masterclasses and was chief editor of different publications. In 2010 she moved to Sweden, participated in setting up the international Umeå school of Architecture while continuing to work as educator.
Currently she is finalizing her PhD research "Situated Freedom, Exploring the Aesthetic Practice of Koolhaas/OMA" at the KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm. In her research and practice she explores strategic tools and concepts practicing an emancipatory architecture that engages possible alternatives and challenges domination, with the belief that we need to instigate modes of critical inquiry that dare to think ahead, are provisional and speculative, and invest in what can be done next.
In 2021 she joined bureau SLA as project architect, Amsterdam.
Rotor - Maarten Gielen
Maarten Gielen is designer, manager and researcher of the Brussels-based collective Rotor, composed of people who share an interest in material flows in industry and construction.
Rotor takes care of the conception and realization of design and architecture projects and develops critical positions on design, material resources and waste through research, exhibitions, writings and conferences. The group curated OMA/Progress, a major exhibition of OMA's work, at the Barbican in London (2011). Maarten Gielen began his career at the age of 15 selling decorative items and objects he found at scrap dealers and flea markets to fashion stores and florists. When he came to Brussels in 2002, he founded BSF to provide technical assistance to small cultural institutions in the use of salvaged materials. Two years later, the association joined forces with the Zinneke Parade organizations, where Maarten Gielen launched a program to reuse industrial waste.
Together with Lionel Devlieger, Maarten Gielen was curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale (2013), Behind the Green Door - architecture and the desire for sustainability. In 2012 he was appointed visiting professor at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD). He was awarded the young Maaskant Prize in 2015 and the Schelling Architecture Prize in 2018 for his work on changing the use of materials in architecture and building technology.
Architect, Gaspard Geerts joined the Rotor team since 2018 where he works as a project manager for several design, design assistance, exhibition and research projects. Graduating in 2018 from the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta of the Free University of Brussels, he dedicated his final project and thesis to an alternative housing neighbourhood in the south of Brussels where he was born and lived.
inSitu - Kerstin Müller and Oliver Seidel
Kerstin Müller is a qualified architect, ecobau specialist partner and GEAK® expert. She studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and at the École d'Architecture de Lyon. In Vienna, she was in charge of developing and realizing a low-energy housing estate. During her long-term stay in Vancouver, Canada, she completed various further training courses in the field of sustainability in addition to her work as an architect, after which she became a GEAK+ expert. Since 2018, she has been leading the "WohnWandel" initiative, which is committed to community-oriented housing in Lörrach and the surrounding area. Müller has been working as an architect and energy expert at Baubüro in situ in Basel since 2013. Her field of activity includes site development, renovation of existing buildings and the supervision of pilot projects. An important task is also public relations. Since 2019, she has been a member of the management of Baubüro in situ. In 2020, she was elected co-president of the Cirkla Switzerland association, and also represents the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects, Lörrach Chamber Group, on the climate advisory board of the city of Lörrach.
Oliver Seidel is a graduate architect FH. He completed his diploma in architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster. After stations in Dresden and Schwerin, he ran an architectural office in Münsterland from 1998, which was mainly concerned with low-energy houses and timber construction. In Basel, he worked on projects in existing buildings since 2000, and also realized two gastronomy projects. At the end of 2007, he was hired by Baubüro in situ and implemented Switzerland's first Minergie-P renovation of an apartment building in Basel. In the Lysbüchelareal in Basel, Seidel developed and built a 100-meter-long and 10-meter-high facade from used building materials. His focus is on developing projects from used materials and components. Since 2012, he has been a partner and member of the management team of Baubüro in situ.
Anupama Kundoo is an Indian architect who studied in Mumbai and received her PhD from TU Berlin. She says: "My work begins with and remains close to the deep human need to have purpose, refuge, and social engagement. It speaks through details; details that foster intimacy and variety, sensory and spatial. It is where makers engage with hand and mind to produce objects they are proud of, where they transform simple materials with care and intelligence into purposeful structures, where they are challenged to do more with less, and where they routinely exceed all expectations including their own." For her work this year, she was not only awarded the UIA Auguste Perret Prize for the application of technology in architecture, but also the RIBA Charles Jencks Award for combining theory and practice. This is unlikely to have been achieved by anyone before her.
Anupama Kundoo is a visiting professor in the winter semester 2021/22 and summer semester 2022 as part of the Sto Foundation-funded project "Sustainable Materials for a new Architectural Practice - Entering a circular economy" at the Faculty of Architecture.
Celine Baumann (Lille, 1984) is a French landscape architect based in Basel. Her eponymous studio is active in the fields of urbanism, landscape architecture and exhibition design. Her goal is to create living open spaces characterized by an alternating ecology of man and nature through intersecting approaches. This activity is extended by her research interest, which allows her to explore the collective value of nature and its impact on individuals.
Celine Baumann is a visiting professor on the faculty for the winter semester 2021/22.