Marianne Mueller & Chrissie Muhr, AA VS Programme Heads

Marianne Mueller studied, taught and researched at the Architectural Association. She was an AA Unit Master, curated the AA Concrete Geometries Research Cluster and has led AA Visiting Schools in Berlin and Stuttgart for the past decade. With ex-AA Unit Master Olaf Kneer, she directs Casper Mueller Kneer Architects, an architecture studio based in London and Berlin, with a particular reputation for its focus on materials. Marianne was Guest Professor at the Technical University in Berlin and now heads the Chair of Architectural Design and Building Typology at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.

Chrissie Muhr studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart. She has worked on a wide range of projects in collaboration with practices such as IGMA institute at the University of Stuttgart, the Arch+ magazine and features in Berlin, the architect Arno Brandlhuber+, Walther Koenig publishers and Vitra. As a Senior Researcher and Creative Director she led the Vitra Foresight Research or the Vitra Typecasting exhibition at La Pelota during the 2018 Salone del Mobile. Currently Chrissie Muhr is the artistic director of the Architekturwoche Basel 2022, a newly established biannual platform for architecture in Basel. Her transdisciplinary approach questions and explores architecture through content and form: a continuous research process and creative practice. She has been an AA Visiting School Head since 2021.

Tobias Ruppert / Artist, KulturRegion Stuttgart

How do we want to live in the future? In the face of climate change and technological transformation, the KulturRegion Stuttgart asks about the identity and values of the region. The KulturRegion Stuttgart is an association of 43 cities and municipalities, in the region of Stuttgart. Since 1991 it has been organizing large-scale intercommunal cultural projects, thereby shaping the cultural image of the region.

Matthias Rudolph / Climate Engineer, Tutor

Matthias Rudolph is known for his creative approach to analyzing and solving complex climate problems.
He has developed and analyzed a wide range of climate and comfort concepts in a wide variety of climate zones as well as master plans of various sizes. His expertise in thermal simulation plays an important role in the continuous development of Transsolar’s advanced analysis methods.
Matthias Rudolph has been a professor since 2012 and heads the chair for Building Technology and Climate Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts.

Marjan van Aubel / Solar Designer & Matylda Krzykowski / Designer, Curator, Artist

Marjan van Aubel is a Dutch award-winning solar designer ​​who combines sustainability, product design and technology to create environments with a positive future. She is currently writing a book on the Future of Solar Energy and started the Solar Movement with first outcome; The Solar Biennale in 2022. In October 2021 the World Expo in Dubai showcased her newest Solar Roof for the Netherlands Pavilion. Van Aubel’s most notable works are ‘Current Table’ and ‘Power Plant’; she also recently launched her first solar design product, ‘Sunne’ – a solar light that mimics the sun. Her work is part of permanent collections of museums such as MoMA New York, the V&A London and Boijmans van Beuningen in the Netherlands, to name but a few. She has collaborated with global brands such as Cos, Timberland and Swarovski with the aim of accelerating global energy transition to solar.

Plans, designs, writes and talks about physical and digital space. She is Artistic Lead of CIVIC, newly established social infrastructure and digital & physical exhibition and discourse space at Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Krzykowski is advisor at Jan van Eyck Academy and writes Things Might, a column about the designed environment for Arts of the Working Class Magazine. Recently: Total Space at Museum fuer Gestaltung (2020), Institution Building at CIVA Brussels (2021), Airtime – What is Wanted? for Swiss Consulate NYC. Currently: You Don’t Want Space You Want To Fill It for Marsèll Milan. Soon: The Energy Show – Sun, Solar and Human Power at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam.