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Alumni Reunion 2012 + Baukunst Prize 2012

The second Alumni Reunion Event was held on November 23, 2012 together with the Baukunst Prize award ceremony at the DAM and the Graduation Dinner at the Städelschule.

The Baukunstprize 2012, which comes with a €1000 prize, was awarded to Prof. Gabriela Seifert and Götz Stöckmann of Formalhaut for their project, The Living Room, a house built in the town of Gelnhausen, outside Frankfurt.

The jury, which was chaired by Peter Cachola Schmal, DAM director and included Prof. Johan Bettum, Prof. Sir Peter Cook, Prof. Harald Kloft, Tobias Rehberger and Juergen Riehm, recognized The Living Room for it’s underlying, unique and trans-disciplinary design vision. In addition, Prof. Claudio Vekstein with the Vicente Lopez project, Prof. Holger Hoffmann with the Treehugger project and Bernd Mey and Christian Pantzer with their U60311 Club project received an honorable mention award.

The award ceremony was held in the German Architecture Museum (DAM) and featured a memorable speech by Sir Peter Cook, SAC's former Dean.

Günter Bock Prize 2012 

After a tough selection process from an array of well articulated first year end of year research presentations, the jury put forward five finalists Amr Al Janadi, Constantinos Kyprianou, Lerpong Rewtrakulpaiboon, Marcos Polydorou and Veronika Zhukova to present their work during the Master Thesis groups presentations at the Deutsche Architecture Museum.

After a second presentation by the five finalists on July 12th, the Jury, comprising of Mark Wigley, Beatriz Colomina, Frank Barkow, Peter Schmal, Achim Menges, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Karola Dierichs and SAC faculty awarded Marcos Polydorou the 2012 Günter Bock Prize for his work and research in the first year of studies.

The Günter Bock Prize, a €3.000 contribution towards the annual tuition fee for the Master Thesis Year, is generously supported this year by the Frankfurt-based internationally renowned architecture office KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten.

First Städelschule Stiftung für Baukunst Lecture
Matthias Ludwig: Flying and Digging

With the supported by the Städelschule Stiftung für Baukunst, SAC proudly introduces its first ever Städelschule Stiftung für Baukunst Lecture. This is an annual lecture given by a SAC Alumnus. The series opening lecture was given by Matthias Ludwig on Thursday April 26, 2012 in the aula of Städelschule. Ludwig is a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Wismar and a partner in the Stuttgart-based architectural firm, büro für architektur. His own work comprises small to medium sized buildings - including a multi-purpose hall in Schorndorf and a fire-station in Auenwald-Unterbrüden. In addition to studying at SAC under Peter Cook, Ludwig studied architecture at the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart and the University of London - Bartlett School of Architecture. He also held a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and has taught at the University of Western Australia in Perth and at the State Art Academy in Stuttgart. Ludwig is author of the book 'Mobile Architektur - Geschichte und Entwicklung modularer und transportabler Bauten'.

In November 2005, the Foundation organized its first symposium "Architecture & Theory" at the DAM in Frankfurt. The symposium addressed the subject of architectural theory, with particular focus on the question of the relationship between architectural theory and practice. The distinguishing feature of the symposium was the way architects ("the practitioners") and theorists presented their work together "in pairs.” The participants were: Kazuyo Sejima (Tokyo), Ben van Berkel (Amsterdam), Gion A. Caminada (Vrin / Zürich), Werner Oechslin (Einsiedeln/Zürich), Gerd de Bruyn (Tübingen/Stuttgart), Yushi Uehara (Amsterdam/Tokio), and Aaron Betsky (Rotterdam). Each participant was selected to bring together perspectives from a variety of positions and fields of practice, as well as different geographical and cultural origins.

In November 2008, the Foundation organized its first alumni reunion with an exhibition and lectures from seven internationally practicing former Städelschule students from different academic years.

The event led to a lively exchange of ideas and gave both graduates and outsiders insights into the current work of these former students, and the influence of the Städelschule on their careers.