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SAC News

25 May 2015

LOUIS BECKER: People, Space, Daylight

Thursday MAY 28, AULA at 19:00
Louis Becker is Principal Partner and Design Director at Henning Larsen Architects and adjunct Professor at Aalborg University Department of Architecture and Design. He has been one of the driving forces behind a number of significant Danish and international projects - from landmark buildings to complex masterplans. In 2011, he was awarded the Eckersberg Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as a special recognition of his contribution to the field of architecture and international achievements.
At Henning Larsen Architects, Becker oversees a design approach that is context driven and uses space and daylight strategies to stage human interaction. A commitment to social and environmental sustainability is inherent in all Henning Larsen Architects' projects; as society influences architecture, architecture influences society. In this presentation, Louis Becker will present recent, award-winning projects such as Moesgaard Museum, Southern University of Denmark - Campus Kolding, and Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre – winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Award 2013.

17 May 2015

Catherine Ingraham Lecture: Plasticity: Architecture And Its Vicissitudes

TUESDAY MAY 19, AULA at 19:00
SAC proudly presents Catherine Ingraham. Ingraham is a professor of architecture, theorist, and writer who has helped formulate seminal debates in architecture over the past twenty years.  She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, was an editor of Assemblage Journal from 1991 – 1998 and has published over eighty essays on contemporary architecture and theory.  Her books include 'Architecture, Animal, Human: The Asymmetrical Condition' (Routledge, 2006), 'Architecture and the Burdens of Linearity'  (Yale University Press, 1998), and 'Restructuring Architectural Theory' (Northwestern University Press, 1989).  Current book projects include 'Architecture, Property and the Pursuit of Happiness' (forthcoming at Princeton University Press) and ‘Plasticiy' (forthcoming in the Writing Architecture Series at MIT Press).  Ingraham was Chair of Graduate Architecture programme at Pratt Institute from 1998-2006; she is currently Professor of Architecture at the same school.

17 May 2015

David Ruy Lecture: Techniques of Estrangement

MONDAY MAY 18, AULA at 19:00
SAC welcomes back David Ruy. Ruy is an architect, theorist, and director of Ruy Klein in New York City. Ruy Klein examines contemporary problems at the intersection of architecture, nature, and technology. Encompassing a wide array of experimentation, projects study the mutual imbrications of artificial and natural regimes that are shaping an ever more synthetic world. Widely published and exhibited, Ruy Klein has been the recipient of numerous awards recognising the firm as one of the leading experimental practices in architecture today. Ruy received his M.Arch. from Columbia University and his BA from St. John’s College with a concentration in philosophy and mathematics. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design at Pratt Institute, New York.

11 May 2015


SAC proudly welcomes the return of Jeffrey Kipnis. Kipnis gives a lecture in the current public series on Thursday 14 and conducts a series of reviews and seminars during his four-day stay.

Jeffrey Kipnis is a teacher, writer and erstwhile curator. He is a professor of architectural design and theory at the Knowlton School of Architecture of Ohio State University, Distinguished Visiting Professor at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, and Continuing Visiting Professor at Princeton University. He writes architectural theory and criticism and occasionally on painting.

Kipnis' lecture addresses art and architecture as possible agents of political effects:
Though none of the arts began as agents of political, existential or psychological transformation, neither has any not acted as such from its birth to the present day. On the other hand, not once in all of history has any external practice, whether martial, legal, financial, or intellectual ever been able to conscribe, purchase, seduce or otherwise domesticate that agency with any reliability, even if artists themselves have been entirely willing for, even desirous of such a prospect. For most of its history, on the other hand, architecture, seems to have proven less feral, far too easily conscripted; at least Bataille thought so.  Are things changing? And if so, for the better?

(For the best lecture experience, please visit:
and navigate to Mirror Box under Select Projects. Watch in its entirety before the lecture. (17 minutes)

7 May 2015


The Städelschule Architecture Class is open for applications for the academic year 2015-16 till May 15th only! Don’t miss the deadline. With students from around the world contributing to a vibrant social and academic life within the programme, SAC seeks new students with extraordinary ambitions and a burning passion for the architectural discipline. APPLY NOW! To know more...click here.

Photo courtesy: Irin Siriwattanagul

Current Events

11 May 2015


SAC proudly welcomes the return of Jeffrey Kipnis. Kipnis gives a lecture in the current public series on May 14 Thursday at STÄDELSCHULE AULA, 19:00.

14 February 2015

Daily life at SAC

Find a non official video made by our First Year Group students taking you on a journey through daily life at SAC now on our Youtube channel.

12 February 2015

Rundgang 2015 – Teaser

Click here for a teaser of this year's Rundgang at Städelschule Architecture Class!

12 February 2015


The annual RUNDGANG of Städelschule is coming soon. Please don't miss visiting us during February 12-15 at Dürerstraße 10!

6 February 2015


Come and see the outcome of a collaboration between the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies (ATW) Justus-Liebig University, Gießen and the Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC), Frankfurt on Feb 7, 6pm at Frankfurt LAB, Schmidtstrasse 12, Frankfurt.