Oliver Elser, Prof. i.V.
Oliver Elser, interim Professor for Architecture Theory in 2021, is a curator at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt am Main and co-founder of the CCSA (Center for Critical Studies in Architecture).
He studied architecture at the Technical University in Berlin. 2012–2013 he was interim professor for Scenography at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. He has worked as an architecture critic for newspapers and magazines and has written numerous articles for catalogs and books. Elser joined forces with the artist Oliver Croy to develop the project “Sondermodelle” from 2000 onwards that was shown in the “Palazzo Enciclopedico”, curated by Massimiliano Gioni at the Art Biennale in Venice in 2013.
In 2019 he was a M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow in Hong Kong.
His exhibitions at the DAM include:
2020 Böhm 100 – The Concrete Cathedral of Neviges
(with Miriam Kremser)
2019 Max Bächer. 50 Meters of Archival Material
(with the CCSA)
2017 SOS Brutalism – Save the Concrete Monsters!
Venues in Vienna, Bochum, Aalen, Taipei
2016 Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country: German Pavilion, Architecture Biennial Venice 2016
(with Peter Cachola Schmal and Anna Scheuermann)
2014 Mission: Postmodern. Heinrich Klotz and the Wunderkammer DAM
2012 The Architecture Model. Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia
2008 Simon Ungers: Heavy Metal
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
Bernita Le Gerrette
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.
Between 2008 and 2011, Werner Sewing 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 could be acquired with the help of the Wüstenrot Foundation for the KIT Architecture Faculty Library.