Georg Vrachliotis is professor of architecture theory and director of the architecture collection (saai | Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He was appointed Dean of the KIT Faculty of Architecture in 2016. Georg Vrachliotis previously taught and conducted research at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the ETH Zürich. He studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts and did his PhD at the ETH Zürich in 2009. He was a visiting researcher at the Center for Cognitive Science of the University Freiburg, at the Spatial Cognition Center of the University Bremen, and at the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture in California. From 2006 to 2010 he was a guest lecturer on architecture theory at the TU Wien in Vienna. Georg Vrachliotis is member of the advisory board of the magazine ARCH+ and external examiner at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London.
He is co-editor/co-author of the books Complexity. Design Strategy and World View (with A. Gleiniger, 2008), Simulation. Presentation Technique and Cognitive Method (with A. Gleiniger, 2009), Code: Between Operation and Narration (with A. Gleiniger, 2011), Geregelte Verhältnisse. Architektur und technisches Denken in der Epoche der Kybernetik/Architecture and Technical Thinking in the Age of Cybernetics (2009), Structuralism Reloaded. Rule-Based Design in Architecture and Urbanism (with T. Valena and T. Avermaete 2011), Fritz Haller. Architect and Researcher (with Laurent Stalder, 2014), Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling (with Joachim Kleinhans Martin Kurt und Philip Kurz, 2017) and Frei Otto/Carlfried Mutschler. Multihalle (2017).
He curated the exhibition Fritz Haller. Architect and Researcher at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in 2014 in collaboration with the Institute for History and Theory (gta) at ETH Zurich (catalogue published by gta Publisher in 2014, with Laurent Stalder), the exhibition Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling shown at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2016/17) in collaboration with the Wüstenrot Foundation (catalogue published by Spector Books in 2017) and co-curated (with Sally Below) the exhibition Sleeping Beauty. Reinventing Frei Ottos Multihalle (catalogue published by Spector Books in 2018) on the occasion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2018.
Since 2019 Dennis Pohl is a research assistant at the department for architecture theory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He studied architecture in Hannover and Antwerp, urban research at AdBK Nuremberg, and philosophy at KU Leuven. His PhD research addresses the political impact of architecture on the institutions of the European Union in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. He was research fellow at the DFG research group “Knowledge in the Arts” at the UdK Berlin, and in 2018 DAAD fellow and visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University New York. Since 2017 he is co-director of the AA Visiting School Brussels “The House of Politics,” and contributed to the project “Eurotopie” in the Belgian pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennial in Venice.
He taught theory seminars at the UdK Berlin and at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam in the Master “Designing Democracy.”
He guest-edited the ARCH+ issue No. 239, “Europe: Infrastructures of Externalization,” and he is co-editor of the book How to Relate: Appropriation, Mediation, Figuration (with A. Haas, M. Haas, H. Magauer, forthcoming 2020). His articles were published in the journals ARCH+, Migrant Journal, MAP, Environmental & Architectural Phenomenology, Lo Sguardo, and wissenderkuenste.de; as well as in the books Eurotopie (ed. by Traumnouvelle and Roxanne Le Grelle, 2018), Stadt, Landschaft, Flusser (ed. by T. Endres and L. Hengst, 2017), Mondothèque (ed. by Constant, 2016), and The Dialogic City (ed. by A. Brandlhuber, F. Hertweck, and T. Mayfried, 2015).
Kontakt: dennis.pohl∂kit.edu, +49 721 608–47556
Hannah Knoop [Dipl.-Ing. Architektin MAS ETH gta] is research assistant at the architectural theory department of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since September 2019 and an architect in Munich. She studied architecture at the TU Munich/ ETSA Madrid and furthermore architecture theory at the Institute gta of the ETH Zurich. She has worked in German and Swiss architectural offices; in 2017 she joined studioeuropa (Munich|Vienna) as an architect. For Swiss architecture journal archithese online she has written articles and reviews. As research assistant she has worked and researched at the gta of ETH Zurich and at the TU Kaiserslautern. She has taught architectural theory and history and has participated in design studios as a guest critic. Based on her MAS thesis at the gta ETH, “Architecture in the Vita activa” (2016), and an in-depth examination of the work of Hannah Arendt, her ongoing doctoral project focuses on “Supranational Architecture” and how the idea of supranationality expresses itself in architecture.
She has published amongst others Beyond a Game of Tetris. Thoughts on Labour, Work and Action in Architecture, in: OASE, Journal for Architecture, Table Settings. Reflections on Architecture with Hannah Arendt, (106), 07/2020; and Hans Bernoulli: So wird Warschau wieder aufgebaut (1947), in: Claus, Sylvia und Lukas Zurfluh (Hg.): Städtebau als politische Kultur. Der Architekt und Theoretiker Hans Bernoulli, Zürich, 2019. Among others, she has participated and presented at AHRA: 16tAnnual International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, Dundee; at RP: Research Perspectives in Architecture, TU Munich; Processes. Entwerfen und Forschen in Architektur und Landschaftsarchitektur, LU Hannover and at Crafted: 12 international Alvar Aalto Symposium. Jyväskylä.
Contact: hannah.knoop∂kit.edu, +49 721 608–47556