Ir. Bart Lootsma
Bart Lootsma is a historian, theorist, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and visual arts. He was professor of architectural theory at the University of Innsbruck and visiting professor at several other universities. Bart Lootsma published numerous articles and was editor of several international journals. His books include "Media and Architecture" (1997), "SuperDutch" (2000), "Reality Bytes, Selected Essays 1995-2015" (2015), "Italian Collage" (2020). Bart Lootsma lectures all over the world. He curated, among others, ArchiLab 2004 in Orléans, the Montenegrin pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2016 and Radical Austria, Everything is Architecture, for the Design Museum Den Bosch in 2021. He is a member of the advisory board of the IBA 2022 New Social Housing in Vienna and a board member of Europan Austria.
Bart Lootsma founded the Department of Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck, architecturaltheory.eu, which he directed from 2006 to 2022. Initially focusing on contemporary architectural theory and criticism, the department actively participated in the international debate with articles, lectures, books, exhibitions, and an internet presence with three different websites: architecturaltheory.eu, architecturaltheory.txt and architecturaltheory.tv. They contain works by Lootsma and his collaborators, student work from the studios, theses, symposia, dissertations and podcasts of lecture series.
Eleni Zaparta has been a research assistant at the Department of Building Typologies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology since 2018 and will also be part of the architectural theory team in the winter semester of 2022/23. 2020 she received the KIT research scholarship “Lehre hoch Forschung”. From this, she developed together with Hannah Knoop a research seminar in cooperation with architectural theory. In this seminar, teaching methods from the humanities and architecture were brought together and applied to the own design.She graduated from the TU-Darmstadt in 2016 and gained practical experience in Offenbach am Main, Madrid and Basel during her studies. After completing her studies, she worked as an executive architect in Swiss offices and did her own design projects in parallel. In 2021, she founded her own architectural practice NOUS-ARC in Basel, which is primarily concerned with hybrid and flexible typologies.
Hannah Knoop [Dipl.-Ing. Arch. MAS ETH gta] is research associate for architectural theory at KIT Karlsruhe since 2019, PhD Candidate with Georg Vrachliotis and an architect. She studied architecture at TU Munich/ ETSA Madrid and architecture theory at Institute gta ETH Zurich. She has worked in German and Swiss architectural offices, in 2017 she had joined studioeuropa.eu (Munich|Vienna) as an architect. As research associate she has been at ETH Zurich and TU Kaiserslautern. Her articles were published, among others, in OASE and Dimensions. She participated at conferences such as AHRA or ISPA. Her research focuses on supranational architectures and the representation of human rights in the built environment. ORCID Profile
Since 2019 Dennis Pohl is 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. Google Scholar Profile | ORCID Profile
Dr. Nathalie Bredella (2021-2022)
Rixt Hoekstra (2021-2022) Guest researcher
Oliver Elser (2020)
Prof. Dr. Georg Vrachliotis was dean of the Faculty of Architecture (2016–2019), Professor for Architecture Theory, and director of the saai | Archive for Architecture and Civil Engineering (2014–2020). In 2020, he was appointed as a full Professor for Theory of Architecture and Digital Culture at TU Delft.
Prof. Dr. Werner Sewing (2008–2011) was the first professor on the Chair of Architecture Theory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
He passed away in the age of 60. His library has been acquired for the KIT Architecture Faculty Library.