Marianne Mueller

is a practising architect and academic. She is director of Casper Mueller Kneer Architects based in London and Berlin, a practice that has developed a particular reputation for producing spaces for the arts, culture and fashion. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed galleries for White Cube in Bermondsey, London, collaborations with Paris based fashion house Céline and exhibition designs for the Barbican Centre in London. A graduate of the Architectural Association, Marianne worked with Chora / Raoul Bunschoten, was Guest Professor at the Technical University in Berlin and Unit Master at the Architectural Association amongst other academic engagements. At the AA, she also curated the Concrete Geometries Research Cluster and co-directed the AA Berlin Laboratory for many years. Marianne has recently been appointed Professor at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design where she now leads the Chair of Architectural Design and Building Typology.

Marianne acts as a Programme Head.

Fahim Mohammadi

is a trained architect, civil engineer and educator, having studied at the Architectural Association in London, the Braunschweig University of Technology and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. He is appointed professor and Chair of Design Foundations and Experimental Design in Architecture and Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Previously, he was Research Associate and deputy director of the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the Technical University in Braunschweig. Mohammadi’s research focuses on the role of aesthetic play in the history of design education since the Bauhaus, its reminiscences in today’s education and its potentials for the future.

Fahim acts as a Programme Head.

Chrissie Muhr

Chrissie Muhr is an architect, researcher and creative director focusing on content and form between design, art and architecture. She studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and the IGMA. Muhr’s work reflects her interdisciplinary approach in practices and formats that range from publications to exhibitions, workshops, programs and lectures. In collaboration with ARCH+ Magazine, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Arno Brandlhuber, Jonathan Olivares or Simon Denny.
Since 2014 Chrissie Muhr works at Vitra as Senior Researcher and Creative Director on products, innovation and design. Selected projects include: Vitra foresight research and strategy, exhibitions like Project Vitra at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Vitra Fire Station (2014/on int travel 2017–), Artek (on int travel 2015–), the Vitra Workspace showroom (2015) or Typecasting presented at La Pelota during Salone del Mobile 2018 with Robert Stadler, or program conception and management of the Vitra Learning Journey, Vitra Challenge or workshops.

Birgit Gebhardt

is a trend expert and merges trend developments into plausible ideas of the future. In her book “2037- Our Everyday Life in the Future” on behalf of the Körber Foundation, she develops a vision of our society in 25 years time.

As Managing Director of the Trend Office, she was responsible for cross-industry projects of the consulting firm Trendbüro from 2001 to 2012.

Since 2012, she has been researching new models of networked economic activity and working modes and advises clients such as Beiersdorf, Recaro, Swisscom, UBS or XING on their path to the New Work Order, as documented in her studies under the same name (

From 2012-2015 she was a member of the expert commission of the Bertelsmann Foundation with the focus on “work and life perspectives in Germany” and co-authored the Hamburg opportunity paper “Content & Technology” for the National IT Summit 2014. Today she is involved in the Munich based BMWi working group “Future of Work”, is a jury member of the XING Ideas Lab for the New Work Award, as well as a member of the scientific advisory board of the “Stiftung” in Vaduz.

Birgit will lead workshop phase 1: ‘Scenario making’.

Natalie Weinmann

is a Masters Graduate in Design and associate lecturer in both Architecture & Design departments at the Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Her current work focuses on experimental design in collaboration with colleagues in the fields of science, design and architecture theory & practice. Natalie has also worked as a freelance Designer with a variety of design and architecture offices, such as Adjaye Associates in London and Stephen Williams Associates in Hamburg. Having graduated in MA of European Design from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design as part of the international BA/MA program, Natalie studied additionally at ENSCI – Les Ateliers in Paris and at the AALTO University (TAIK) in Helsinki. Following on from her academic studies, Natalie was granted a scholarship for graduates by the state Baden-Württemberg in Germany in 2013 to further her experimental design led projects. Whilst tutoring at Design Foundations and Experimental Design at the academy in Stuttgart, Natalie combines her experimental research and design approach teaching multidisciplinary teams. Current work in partnership with DNA nanoscientist Maximilian J. Urban explores the shared interests of Biochemistry and Design.

Natalie and Max will lead workshop phase 2: ‘Material Expeimentation’

Maximillian J. Urban

studied Life Science at the University of Constance and at the University of the Azores as an Erasmus exchange student. During his studies he spent several months at the International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter at the Forschungszentrum Juelich. He is currently a PhD student at the Institute for Physics at the University of Heidelberg and a guest scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart. His research in the field of DNA based nanomachines is funded by a scholarship from the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation.

Natalie and Max will lead workshop phase 2: ‘Material Expeimentation’

Johannes Mücke

studied Architecture at the RWTH Aachen, the UCLA and received his master at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, studio Greg Lynn. He had teaching engagements for life drawing at the RWTH, architectural design at studio Lynn and visual narration at studio Fiona Raby at the UfaK Vienna.
After having worked for FOA London, Johannes switched from Architecture to Entertainment Design and started to work as Lead Concept Designer for Rockstar Games in Vienna and later Art Director for Sproing Interactive. In 2010 Johannes co-founded with his partner Oliver Bertram Wideshot Design, an internationally awarded design and architecture studio that focuses on the fusion between design, architecture and entertainment design. Having worked for multiple science-fiction and future-themed feature films (such as ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, ‘2012’ or ‘Dark Matter’), video games and themed entertainment ventures, Johannes’ work focuses increasingly on scenarios of the world of tomorrow and their implications on architecture and design.

Johannes will lead workshop phase 3: ‘World Building’

Taneli Mansikkamaki

Taneli Mansikkamaki is a Finnish architect based in London, founder of AGO (@ageometryo) and has taught at the AA since 2011. His background is in music and digital media with wide interests including technology, art and sound. Since relocating to London he has worked with several architectural offices, including Future Systems and Balmond Studio.

Taneli will lead workshop phase 4: ‘Project’