Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory)


Institute for Architecture and Cultural Theory (IGmA) is the first (and to date the largest) Institute of Architectural Theory and Design in Germany.

Since 01 April 2018 Prof. Dr. Stephan Trüby is in charge of IGmA. With his new team, he continues the tradition of the institute and determines new research directions such as the economics and politics of architecture as well as elements and synthesis of architectural space.

Verena Hartbaum

Verena Hartbaum (*1984) received her MA in Architecture and Urban Research from the program of the Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to her freelance work in the field of architecture and teaching at the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe and Technical University of Berlin, she researched on the topic of retrospective architecture. Between 2014 and 2018 she was Research Associate at the Chair of Architecture and Cultural Theory at the Technical University of Munich and has since been working on her dissertation on the relationship between architecture and consensus in the Berlin Republic. Since 2018 she has been a Research Associate at IGmA - Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory).

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Tobias Hoenig

Tobias Hönig studied architectural and urban research at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, taught at the Dessau Institute for Architecture (DIA), the AdBK Nuremberg and the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Between 2009 and 2016 he worked for and with Arno Brandlhuber in his Berlin office, and since 2013 he is partner and co-founder of the collective c/o now in Berlin. Tobias Hönig contributed to various publications, like in 2016 as guest editor of the ARCH + for their edition "Legislating Architecture – Gesetze Gestalten!"

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Iassen Markov

Iassen Markov studied Architecture at the Institute for Architecture and Cultural Theory (IGmA) at the University of Stuttgart. He is Deputy Managing Director of the collective Divine Design an co-founder of University of Looking Good. Since 2016 Iassen has been working at Technobeton, which consists of 100% techno and 100% concrete.

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Sandra Oehy

Sandra Oehy studied Art History, Political Science and Sociology at the University of Zurich (MA / Lic. phil.). As a creator of exhibitions, she has worked on projects focusing on the intersection between theory and practice in the areas of art, design and architecture. In 2016, she curated Incidental Space with the architect Christian Kerez for the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. In 2014, she was project leader and co-curator for the German contribution to the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, titled Bungalow Germania. Between 2010 and 2013, she was co-director of the contemporary art space Van Horbourg in Basel and Zurich and worked as an independent curator. Sandra Oehy is currently teaching at the University of Zurich and Zurich University of the Arts. As part of her research at the University of Stuttgart she investigates the role of the architecture magazine ARCH+ within a wider (German speaking) discourse on Architecture. 

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Zsuzsanna Stánitz

Zsuzsanna Stánitz is a curator with special interest in contemporary art and architecture practices. She holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from Royal College of Art, London and a further MA in Communication and Media Science from the Institute of Art Theory and Media Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. Throughout her studies she worked on exhibitions and organized events at institutions such as Knoll Gallery Budapest (HU), Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest (HU), Demo Gallery (HU), Calvert 22 Gallery (UK), Royal College of Art Galleries (UK), Hackney Picturehouse (UK), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (IT) and OFF-Biennale Budapest (HU). Between 2015 and 2017 she was Research Associate at the Chair for Architectural History and Curatorial Studies at the Technical University of Munich, where she collaborated on the exhibition Mud WORKS! for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. Zsuzsanna is currently working on her PhD on the topic of Architects as Curators with special focus on OMA/AMO.

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Matteo Trentini

Matteo Trentini studied Architecture at Politecnico di Milano and at the Technische Universität Wien. Since 2013 he has been an Assistant and PhD candidate at the Istituto di Storia e Teoria dell’Arte e dell’Architettura (ISA) at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio (CH), where he regularly organizes seminars on Post war Italian architecture. In his doctoral thesis Matteo analizes the Italian marxist journal Contropiano (1968-1971) and its contribution to the historiographical debate on modern intellectual labour. At IGMA he will research on the reactionary critique of modern architecture. His texts appear regularly on journals as CostruireIl Giornale dell‘Architettura, Il Manifesto.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Stephan Trüby

Prof. Dr. phil. Stephan Trüby (* 1970) is Professor of Architecture and Cultural Theory and Director of the Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (IGmA) at the University of Stuttgart since April 2018. Previously, Trüby was Visiting Professor of Architecture at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe (2007-09), Head of the postgraduate study program "Scenography/Spatial Design" at the Zurich University of the Arts (2009-14) and Professor of Architecture and Cultural Theory at the Technical University of Munich (2014-18). His publications include Exit-Architecture. Design between War and Peace (2008), The World of Madelon Vriesendorp (2008, with Shumon Basar), Germania, Venezia. The German Entries to the Venice Architecture Biennale since 1991 (2016, with Verena Hartbaum), Absolute Architekturbeginner: Schriften 2004-2014 (2017) and Die Geschichte des Korridors (2018). He is a permanent contributor to the journal ARCH+.

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