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Dagmar Jäger | Vita (english version)

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Dagmar Jäger

[Dr.-Ing., Architect & Author, Architektenkammer Berlin, Werkbund Berlin, Reiseuni_lab,]


Dagmar Jäger is an architect, author and lecturer, living and working in Berlin. Since 1998, she has been a lecturer, guest critic and visiting professor at universities like UdK Berlin, BTU Cottbus or UAL Lisbon, TUT Tallinn and University Innsbruck. Her focus is on research by design in theory and practice to investigate, reflect and experiment architectural design methods, collective strategies, interdisciplinary cooperation and dialogue-based design processes.

Since 1994, she has conducted experimental projects together with her partner Christian Pieper in their network studio jp3 (Berlin), to develop sustainable concepts of transformation for neglected or forgotten buildings, sites and landscapes – young & 'difficult' heritage with social and political relevance, while implementing strategies of re-use, re-activation and re-interpretation. Outcomes and results of these cooperative activities include concepts, texts, books, photography, exhibitions, conferences and public talks in multidisciplinary contexts.

Teaching & Research Employments


2015-2017: Academic Programme Director of European Architecture at Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ), Department of Architecture & Urban Design, Estonia
2013-2017: Visiting Professor of European Architecture at Tallinn University of Technology (TTU), Department of Architecture & Urban Design, Estonia
2010-2012: Study Programme Director of the international Masters Programme "Architektur Studium Generale" (A.S.G.), Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Faculty Architecture, Civil Engineering & Urban Planning
2009-2012: Visiting Professor "Design Methods"; Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Faculty Architecture, Civil Engineering & Urban Planning
2007-09: Visiting Professor at Berlin, Artistic Research & Design Methodology, University of the Arts, Berlin (UdK)
2000-07: Research Associate and Assistant Professor at „Architecture Project_Contextual Design & Heritage" at Technical University of Brandenburg, Cottbus (Chair: Inken Baller)
1999-2000: Muthesius Art Academy & FH Eckernförde Kiel (Holder of Research Scholarship & Lecturer)
1998-2000: Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Sciences) Holzminden (Replacement of Professorship of Architecture Project)

Invited Guest Lecturer

Invited lectures, guest critic, peer reviews, short-term workshop cooperation. All details can be found here: >>>Lectures


Basel: Basel Universität, Conference Eikones, Panel discussion (2012);
Belgrad: University of Belgrad with Goethe Institute, guest lecture (2007);
Berlin: Universität der Künste, Berlin, evening lecture series, guest lecture, workshop (2007-09, 2010, 2011);
Berlin: Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, workshop with K. Häselhoff (1999);
Berlin: Akademie der Künste & BTU, EAD conference & exhibition (chair, 2012, 2017);
Berlin: Aedes/Humboldt University Berlin, conference lecture (2013);
Bremen: University of Applied Sciences Bremen, public guest lecture (2009);
Cottbus: Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, research colloquium (orga, chair); EAD conference organization/moderation (2004-07; 2010);
Dessau: Bauhaus Foundation, lecture in the frame of Bauhaus Open studios (2016, 2017);
Erfurt: University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Faculty of Architektur, public lecture - Berufungsvortrag (2017);
Frankfurt: Goethe Universität Frankfurt, conference lecture BlickSpielFeld (2006);
Großräschen: Intern. Bauausstellung Fürst-Pückler-Land, conference lecture (2000);
Haifa: NB Haifa School of Design, School of Architecture, public lecture (2016);
Hannover: Technical University Hannover, phd peer review DARA (2012);
Holzminden: Bauschule Holzminden, public lecture, orga and moderation (2008);
Innsbruck: Universität Innsbruck, lectures, guest critic, master's thesis jury (2010, 2011, 2012, 2016);
Kairo: American University of Cairo, public lecture (2004);
Kassel: Universität Kassel, public evening lecture Fusion (2009);
Köln: University of Applied Sciences Köln, public evening lecture (2010);
Lausanne: EPFL École politechnique fédérale de Lausanne, guest critic studio Alice (2007);
Leipzig: Universität Leipzig, conference lecture, invitation of MÄERZ (2008);
Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, public lecture, guest critic (2016);
Lisbon: UAL Universidade Autònoma de Lisboa, Portugal, workshop, guest lecture, guest critic, colloquium moderation (2011, 2012, 2016);
Luxemburg, Belval: University Luxembourg, public lecture (2015);
Marseille: École Nationale; Supérieure d'Architecture, Frankreich, public lecture, guest critic (2006, 2009);
Paris: École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture ENSA Paris la Vilette, public lecture (2009);
Riga: Technical University of Riga with DAAD & Reiseuni_lab, public lecture & colloquium organization & moderation (2016);
Saarbrücken: University of Applied Sciences Saarbrücken, public lecture (2008);
Sevilla: Universidad de Sevilla, guest critic (2011);
Tallinn: Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB), DAAD, Intreprid key note lecture, nsbb panel lecture, organization, moderation and lecture of conference & colloquium,  evening lecture series, Tallinn University of Technology (2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017);
Tiflis: Architect's Chamber with Goethe Institut / BMZ, GIZ Women built, exhibition curator, key note lectures, moderation (2014, 2015);
Wrocław: University of Technology, Poland, public lecture EUSS, guest critic (2010, 2011).

Juror Activity & Memberships

Chamber of Architects, Berlin (since 1997)
Berliner Werkbund (since 2008)
'n-ails' network of architects, interior designers, landscape planners, artists and urban planners (since 2007; Member of Executive Board 2009-11)
Reiseuni.lab & Research platform "European Architecture Dialogue" (since 2008; Founder)
Master's thesis Jury / Diplomprüfungen: 2017, 2015, 2014, TTÜ Tallinn, Chairman of Jury; 2012, BTU Cottbus, Chairman of Jury; 2010, Universität Innsbruck, external member of jury; 2003, BTU Cottbus, member of jury
Schinkel Architecture Competition, AIV Berlin (2008-11; Jury Member)
'Stille Post!', artist group (2005-2009; Co-founder)

Dagmar Jäger, Architect


PhD: 2007 (summa cum laude) Disputation, 2008 (publication) of a Design Theory, at Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Faculty Architecture, Civil Engineering & Urban Planning
Diplom-Ingenieur: 1996, Architecture, Art Academy Berlin Weißensee (University degree)
Diplom-Ingenieur (FH): 1992, Architecture, Bauschule Holzminden (University of Applied Sciences)

Architectural Studies: 1988, Start of studies at University of Art, Berlin (HdK, now UdK)
General Studies: 1985-86 Universität Göttingen (Political Economics, Romance Philology)
Work-Study-Travel-Internships Experiences (after graduation, selection) 1983-92: Munich (construction site), Stuttgart (construction site), Berlin (2 internships at "Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung BSM", rehabilitation programmes), Dessau-Bauhaus (urban pilot study), Hannover (study & work as correspondent for foreign languages), Montpellier (French language & work), GB Old Hall (work stage as woofer), Barcelona, Playa de Aro (work stage & language), Paris (work stage), Rome (work stage), Tunis (GTZ construction site).

Formats of Knowledge Production

Three selected formats – conference series, public lecture series, weekly research colloquium – initiated & directed by Dagmar Jäger


(1) CONFERENCE SERIES: European Architecture Dialogue (since 2010)

Yearly international Conference about architectural and urban research projects and design strategies

Conference platform of the Reiseuni_lab in cooperation with European universities in Germany, Austria, Poland, France, Estonia, Portugal, Spain & Israel, with professors, local experts, students and alumni, participating in the research dialogue of the two-years Masters programme, with the goal of preparing, evaluating & reflecting the results and objectives of the Masters programme and integrated architectural research through more than 20 workshops, dealing with local architectural, spatial and urban topics. Reiseuni_Lab's work has started with international round tables in 2008; since 2010 the platform "European Architecture Dialogue" is realized in University conferences in Cottbus 2010, Innsbruck 2011, Kiel 2012, Academy of the Art, Berlin 2012, University of Tallinn 2014, in an exhibition and conference with a caucasian architecture network WBC in Tiflis 2015, colloquia in Tallinn and Riga 2016. Initiated with Christian Pieper / Reiseuni_Lab. Programme Details:


(2) PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES: Schaffensprozesse im Dialog (2008-2009)

'Creative Processes in Dialogue': Interdisciplinary, monthly public lecture series about artistic research:

Lecture series at the ancient library of University of Art in Berlin; platform of knowledge exchange and talk between the arts; participation and engagement of professors of all different faculties of art, design, music, drama and architecture reflecting individual & artistic strategies of "how to do the art" and "how to teach the art"; invitation of two professors for each evening event, moderated in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Gundel Mattenklott, initiated & realized together with Christian Pieper.

(3) WEEKLY RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM: Forschungskolloquium (2004-2007)

Weekly, interdisciplinary research colloquium at the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, Technical University of Brandenburg.

Wednesday midday public presentation and evaluation of on-going research projects by one member of the faculty's teaching staff; discussion and peer review of research projects of all disciplines – architecture, urban planning, architecture & art theory, heritage, art, engineering, with feedback & debate by the interdisciplinary staff; public round table debates at the end of each semester. Goal: Open-minded discourses, learning of different approaches, methods and discipline specific cultures and terminologies, support of trans-disciplinary projects and teaching approaches. Founded by Dagmar Jäger with Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt in 2003, directed and moderated until 2007 of D. Jäger, each session in changing teams.


Selected artistic & scientific books and article publications, provided with short explanations. The complete & uncommented list of publications, as well as a variety of open-access publications are available online:


(2016/2017) Reiseuni Report | Making Of European Architecture Dialogue

Scientific Book Publication, Online & Printed Booklet Guide (Editing, Co-Design, Authorship)

Volume: 1_Reiseuni, 3_Workshop-Clusters, 4_Making-of
Published December 2016, Volume: 2_Theory, January 2018, Version 0.9.6
Copyright ©2008-2018 by all participating universities, Reiseuni_lab and Authors. Editors: Dagmar Jäger & Christian Pieper, Berlin in cooperation with 10 partner universities.

This projects reflects the pioneer Master's study programme, accompanying round tables & conferences and theoretical reflective approaches towards a new model of education and research throughout Europe (in English language, open-access publication / website).

Reiseuni_lab - Reiseuni Report

Articles of Dagmar Jäger:
V:I_1. Architect's Profession & Education – 6 Points.
V:I_2. European Architecture Dialogue + Master's Programme.
V:II_1. Tradition of Architecture Research – Between Social Utopia and Real Laboratory.
V:II_2. Beyond Borders – Group Experiments and Alternative Strategies.
V:II_3 Hermeneutic-oriented Architectural Strategies – Critical Inquiry, Visualisation & Reflection.
V:III_1.1. Transformation of Difficult Heritage: Exemplary Transformation of the Building(s) of the ancient GDR Secret Service in Germany.
Vol:III_11.1.-3 Design Research: Practice of Aesthetic Reflection. Key Terms.
Vol:III.12. Master's Thesis – Cultural Transfer (opening lecture, objective & concluding summary).

(2010) Artistic Transformation. Interdisciplinary Design Research & Education Project

Artistic-scientific Book Publication, Chief-Editing & Authorship of Introduction & Interview about "Re-use", Scientific Article about Contextual Design Approaches in Dialogue

Künstlerische Transformationen - Reimer Verlag

Group publication, documentation and reflection of the team-teaching at University of Art Berlin, in the context of the pioneer project "Stille Post!" (Awarded with 1st prize by Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft in 2005) and the interdisciplinary guest professorship – with research text, written interview, photo works, documentation of artistic projects, Dagmar Jäger with Christian Pieper (photo works).

Künstlerische Transformationen. Reimer Verlag Berlin, April 2010, 248 pages, Chief-editor Dagmar Jäger with Vera Franke, Margit Schild et al., ISBN 978-3-496-01422-5 (German)

  • Articles by Dagmar Jäger:

- Carambolage. Verwandlung von DDR-Geschichte(n) im vitalen Archiv. Trialog mit Sandra Kuhne und Christiane Fichtner. In: Künstlerische Transformation (p. 29-35)
- Pocket Placement Line: Methodically Tightening the Rules in the Collective Process, p. 104-113

(2010) Town in the Town _ Transformation of Ancient State Security Area in Berlin

Scientific Booklet Publication (Editing, Co-Design, Authorship)

Accompanying exhibition publication, reflection & documentation of student research project, in cooperation with Stasi Museum and Stattbau, text with Klaus Rheidt (in German language),

Transformation MfS-Areal Berlin

Stadt in der Stadt – Transformation MFS Areal Berlin Normannenstr., Dagmar Jäger, Klaus Rheidt with BTU Cottbus. "Unbequeme Denkmale" in 'Stadt in der Stadt' von Dagmar Jäger, Klaus Rheidt, 2010 S. 9-13, 2010/11 in: Forschen, Bauen, Erhalten, Bd. 4, S.128-131, ISBN 978-3-939721-34-5

(2008) Theory of Architectural Research by Design in Dialogue

Scientific Publication & e-Book– Online & Print in German Language (Authorship, Co-Design)

Publication of seven-year PhD research, 528 pages in two parts: Design Strategy (1) & Design Reflection (2)
E-Book & print publishing with Reimer edition, Berlin (in German language; English abstract available)
Book & e-book design, cover & photo works, together with Christian Pieper

Schnittmuster Strategie - Dagmar Jäger

Schnittmuster-Strategie. Eine dialogische Entwurfslehre. 528 Seiten. Reimer Verlag Juni 2008; Publikation E-Book Januar 2008, ISBN 978-3-496-01400-3
The Schnittmuster-strategy is a design theory. It connects experimental, artistic and playful procedures with methodical didactic qualities and positions itself in the context of the current discourse on artistic research and design methods. The creative model for collective aesthetic processes and their teaching in architectural design constitutes a model also for other artistic disciplines.

(2007) Transformative Preservation. Three Approaches.

Scientific Booklet Publication (Authorship, Co-Design, Co-Editing)

Research reflection & documentation of international summer university, in cooperation with Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.

Felix Romuliana; German-Serbian Summer workshop (2006); Exhibition site concept and protection buildings for the late antique emperor palace Felix Romuliana in Gamzigrad/Serbia

Felix Romuliana. Ausstellungskonzept und Schutzbauten für den spätantiken Kaiserpalast Felix Romuliana in Gamzigrad, Serbien. Architekturreferat des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Berlin (Hrsg.); Berlin: DAI 2007, (German/English)

  • Article by Dagmar Jäger:

Transformative Preservation. Three Approaches. Verwandelnde Aufbewahrung. Drei Annäherungen. P. 19-31

StillePost! Künstlerinnengruppe

(2006) StillePost! 11 Disciplines_11 Weeks_11 Transformations

Artistic-scientific Book Publication (Slip-Case), Co-Editing, Co-Book-Design & Authorship (Scientific Article) & Documentation of three Art Works & three Interviews

Project initiator of an artistic dialogue between eleven disciplines (coordination of art works, colloquium, workshops, exhibition etc.), co-editing & graphic concept of publication & authorship (in German language)

Dialogische Entwurfsprozesse, in: Stille Post – 11 Disziplinen, 22 Wochen, 33 Transformationen. 4 Teile im Schuber mit CD. Berlin: Universität der Künste Berlin 2006, S. 19-28, ISBN 978-3-89462-139-1

(2005) ElvesDiaries – 327 Days in 9 Books, 762 Pages

Artistic Book Work, Documentation & Interpretation of E-Mail Project Cooperation with 11 Artistic Disciplines

Art Project: Secret diary - interpretation of one-year communication & collective design process (online), held between four cities, three countries and eleven disciplines of the arts - realization with Christian Pieper (in German language)

Elfentagebücher, Alice träumt – Elfentagebuch in neun Teilen 1. Buch: Elfenauftakt, 2. Buch: StillePost Spiel & Club, 3. Buch: Elfenaffairen, 4. Buch: Spielregeln, 5. Buch: Weitergestrickt, 6. Buch: Alice im Gespräch, 7. Buch: Elfen in Aufruhr, 8. Buch: Selbsterfindung, 9. Buch: Finale & Wie alles begann. Einband: Fotocollage auf Textil und Filz, 2006

(1996) Industry Promenade. Comparative Investigation & Design

Scientific Book Publication (Architectural, Commissioned Research & Diploma publication)

RealLaboratory & research study (6 months), on site & in active dialogue with local stakeholders & Urban Planning Department Hameln / Niedersachsen: Reflection & exemplary re-activation project about urban & industrial transformation, development of urban & architectural scenarios, transformation of historical railway bridge, industrial heritage & industrial area; accompanying photo works & book design together with Christian Pieper (in German language)

Die Industriepromenade. Vergleichende Untersuchung eines Industriebetriebes und Darstellung von Entwicklungsszenarien. Experimentelles Reallabor für einen Industriebetrieb in Hameln – Vorortstudie über 6 Monate & Doppeldiplom Ost/West an der Universität der Künste und der Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee. Christian Pieper & Dagmar Jäger


(2011): Freedoms in the System, or the Untangling of Knots in Complex Matters

Research Interview about Design Methods, Article in Work Monography of German architects Hammeskrause

Reflective interview with the architects Nils Krause & Markus Hammes about methods, practice & research-oriented design at Fraunhofer Institute, Berlin/ Potsdam, about "how to develop creative, contextual processes" and "how to organize them within complex interdisciplinary teams" (German/English)

„Freedoms in the system, or the untangling of knots in complex matters" In: hammeskrause architekten: Reflexionen / Reflections, Kehrer Verlag 2011, S. 34-65, ISBN 978-3-86828-156-9

"Freiheiten im System oder das Entwirren von Knäueln im Komplexen", Dagmar Jäger im Gespräch mit Nils Krause und Markus Hammes.

(2010) Creative Processes*X. Interdisciplinary Dialogues

Artistic Methodology Research, Article Publication, Peer-reviewed

SchaffensProzesse Im Dialog

Reflection of the three-year, monthly evening public discourse "Schaffensprozesse im Dialog" at University of Art, Berlin, about how to develop creative processes and how to teach them. Author (Dagmar Jäger), photo works (Christian Pieper), in German/English

Creative processes*X. Interdisciplinary dialogues. Schaffensprozesse *X. Interdisziplinäre Dialoge. In: Generalist 02. Forschen/Research. Architektur-Zeitschrift der TU Darmstadt, Februar 2010, S. 51-59, ISBN 978-3-89479-617-4

(2008) Design: Magic, Play or Strategy?

Methodology Research, Article Publication, Peer-reviewed

Author (Dagmar Jäger), photo works (Christian Pieper), in German/English

Design: Magic, play or strategy. Entwerfen: Magie, Spiel oder Strategie?in: Generalist 0/2008. On Designing / vom Entwerfen. Architektur-Zeitschrift der TU Darmstadt, Fak. Architektur, November 2008, S. 32-39, ISBN 978-3-89479-529-0

(2000) Signs and Drafting in Context – Potentials of an Imaginary Place.

Conference Article, Research about Rehabilitation of Devastated Landscapes, Peer-reviewed

Author (Dagmar Jäger), photo works (together with Christian Pieper), conference & publication contribution (German/English) and part of the preparation process of the international 10-year anniversary of IBA building exhibition, Fürst Pückler Land including an international summer university to define goals of the long-term federal state project

Signs and drafting in context – potentials of an imaginary place. Zeich(n)en im Kontext – Potenziale eines imaginären Ortes | in: Mining Landscape and mining equipment after the mining era; Bergbaulandschaft und Bergbaugerät nach dem Bergbau. Internationale Bauausstellung Fürst Pückler Land (Hrsg.); Großräschen: IBA 2001, S. 42-53. ISBN 3-9806704-1-4


Re-Think the Existing

The following projects represent research by design approaches within the existing of European cities since 1992:

The development of hybrid concepts, design proposals, multiperspectival scenario development and knowledge transfer thereof within four different fields of heritage transformation (industrial heritage, modernist heritage, difficult heritage and representative heritage): Realized (built) projects as well as research-based projects with students in the context of universities, initiated in order to develop new horizons for built heritage and the urban fabric, integrating exhibitions, public discourses and publication formats, with the objective to strengthen future developments and transformation processes, opening multi-perspective thought spaces about opportunities, developed in dialogue and in exchange with local policy-makers, property owners, activists and other local stakeholders, and realized in interdisciplinary cooperation settings at universities or as part of experimental projects in network partnerships.

The complete work portfolio of Dagmar Jäger & her partner Christian Pieper is available on:

[1] Industrial Heritage

"Vockerode": Transformation of a 1930s Power Plant into an exhibition site

Architectural project design, photographic works, exemplary realization of one out of twelve exhibition parts, as Head of the project in the Berlin-based office Jürg Steiner (1997)

Industrial Heritage - Kraftwerk Vockerode

A cultural-historical exhibition design with the aim of strengthening regional identity of the young federal state Sachsen-Anhalt. The power plant, an important industrial "gate" to the "Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz", was transformed into a temporary exhibition site to show the history of the federal state. The concept of the exhibition creates a visitors path along the historic coal pathway, with an emphasis on the coal bridge & twelve abandoned combustion chambers, which have been opened to the public by implementing twelve steel platforms.

Transformation of the Industrial (ancient Coal Mining) Landscape

Scientific article, conference lecture, photographic work, concept preparation / teaching (together with Inken Baller) in the context of an international workshop of BTU with International Building Exhibition IBA Fürst Pückler Land (2000)

Industrial Heritage - Signs in the Industrial Landscape

Signs and Drafting in industrial context: Thinking about the future potentials of the coal mining landscape of the Lausitz after the coal mining. The IBA conference and following cooperation between the IBA staff and various departments from BTU Cottbus prepared topics, goals and localization of areas/borders for the ten-year period of the international architectural landscape exhibition between 2000-2010, to initiate the transformation of the former industrial region towards new horizons of space & economics. After IBA Emscher Park, this German IBA dealt with large devastated landscapes and difficult young heritage of coal mining machines.

"Tuchfühlung": Transformative, Constructive Design, Köpenicker Straße, Berlin

University teaching & research, architectural project, theoretical seminar, workshop with students (3rd-5th year), together with Inken Baller (2000-2001)

Theoretical typology research & architectural design project "transforming of the existing" & experimental workshop about new materials, half-year project work including accompanying excursion; publication (part of PhD research)

Urban analysis of a 19th century dye & print factory ensemble along the river Spree – nowadays creative hot spot of Berlin– Köpenicker Str. at the time out of focus, but with expected high development pressure as inner-urban river zone, since 1989 frontier between East and West Berlin, and former industrial area next to Alexanderplatz, with the goal to re-activate the area, thinking about future scenarios, to develop an adequate new programming for functional mixes and aesthetics in dialogue with the industrial culture.

"F60": Transformation of an Industrial Coal Mining Bridge

Two teaching projects, with students (1st year, architectural design project) – "transformative re-activation of industrial heritage". Research & scientific publication (part of PhD), exhibition at IBA (local governors of the future of the bridge), public events (fashion show; one-year project (1998 to 1999)

Industrial Heritage - F60 - Transforming

Interpretation of the conveyor bridge F60 (out of function, first built in 1972) during two half-year student projects "Pattern Backwards", to initiate the process of re-use and re-activation of the bridge instead of demolition. The processual transformation of the largest machine worldwide at that time – interpreted as cloth (with fashion show), object of tracing and artistic design (with public exhibition) is the subject of this work, aiming at creating new perceptional levels, both for the students, the inhabitants & and the owner, the mayor, within the encountered contexts of the constructivists' historic reading.

"Industrie Promenade": Transformation of an Industrial Site and Railway Bridge

Research, urban design & architecture project dealing industrial heritage; book publication; exhibition, in partnership with Christian Pieper (1996)

Industrial Heritage - Tranforming of an Industrial Site and Railway Bridge in Hamelin

First „double diploma" cooperation between the Eastern and Western art universities of Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin & Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee) after the fall of the wall, realized in dialogue and as think tank for the city of Hameln, its industrial area and a private client as initiator. Research study and project documentation

Analysis of selected, exemplary good practice examples of industries in Germany, development of an urban concept, transformation of a late 19th century, broken railway bridge and design of future scenarios for a medium-sized industrial area (grown in the second half of the 20th century), exemplary site in Hameln. Research project (combined one-year diplomathesis and commissioned work) in a discursive process and knowledge exchange with the city planning department of Hameln, and a private client of the industrial area, 1996.

[2] Modernist Heritage

Modernist House Biographies on an Island

Research Project (PhD) & Teaching (3rd-5th year architectural project, theoretical seminar & excursion), Permanent Exhibition & Public Discourse & Publication (2004; 2013; 2015)

Research about architecture history & design of modernist architecture (on site at Hiddensee, together with students); working towards a permanent exhibition (2004, revised in 2015 with Christian Pieper & Inken Baller), publication "Entwurf Lietzenburg", teaching with Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt & Inken Baller, concept (2003) & concluding conference lecture & research article with Christian Pieper, jp3 (2013)

Modernist Heritage

"Hausbiographien": At the beginning of the 20th century, important German architects such as Alfred Grenander, Max Taut or Eckart Muthesius built summer houses on the island Hiddensee, which can be regarded as exceptional laboratories within a fascinating and heterogeneous landscape. Analysis of the design and built context of its modern architecture, which has been developed within the diverse island's landscape. Research project with students of BTU Cottbus (2002-2003), permanent exhibition on the island Hiddensee, article publication in 2013 (book publication to finalize)

Spatial Strategies – Modern Pioneers revealed – WS 06 Bauhaus Dessau - Joachim Daetz - Class-04
Spatial Strategies: Modern Pioneers revealed, WS06 at Bauhaus Dessau, Joachim Daetz, Class-04

Spatial Strategies – Modern Pioneers revealed

Since 2016, this multiannual workshop series with Bauhaus Dessau aims to investigate transformation concepts of modern and difficult heritage. Bauhaus Open Studios – A Project of the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau in Cooperation with TTÜ and Reiseuni_lab and postgraduate students of the European Master's programme, 2016 & 2017. Dagmar Jäger (responsible) with Claudia Perren, Rhys Martin and international guests and the Bauhaus team.

The tracing of the historical, partly destroyed representations and related sites of the Bauhaus period between 1926 and 1933 in Dessau has been connected in a "Public Space Exhibition" to bridge the modern architecture and concepts of the Bauhaus Era to the new buildings like the Museum 2019. Interdisciplinary and multifaceted approaches of de-coding contexts served to understand in situ the Bauhaus period. The research goal: to investigate an "urban & spatial network of interventions for knowledge transfer" with 3 main topics: First, to trace the historical biographies of the existing representations and related sites of the Bauhaus period until 1933 in a contextual typology of a "public realm exhibition"; second, to connect the historical network of sites with the new buildings and artistic projects related to the Bauhaus, and third, to relate the pioneer buildings of the historical period with the international impact of the modern movement and reform concepts. The investigation of the modern traces leads to heterogeneous and trans medial proposals of knowledge transfer in the public realm of Dessau – a network of exhibition pathways as a public space choreography. The design work takes place as cumulative research practice with different groups of international, postgraduate students.

"Houses of Passion". Investigation of Nordic German Expressionism

Theoretical six-month seminar with students (3rd-5th year), accompanying. excursions to Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin, accompanying project design workshop (design of a grave), final project publication "Häuser der Passion" together with Ulrike Wulf Rheidt (2003)

In Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg, early modernist hybrid typologies have been realized at the beginning of the 20th century by different architects of the expressionist movement – social and spatial renewals that have strongly been influenced by the different regional contexts of the cities. The theory seminar had the aim to investigate the expressionist movements' influence on today's architecture design of the global players. Research project with students of BTU Cottbus and the Chair of Architecture History

Tradition and Modernity (1 of x). Photo Series

Investigative & consecutive project with photography and travel, Artistic research work in excursions with students (2nd year) & colleagues (since 2004)

The early works of Alvaro Sisa in Porto have been realized in close relation to the landscape's qualities, and are interconnected with the historic knowledge about its material and local traditions. The Casá de Chà da Boa Nova (1958-63) and the sea swimming pool (1961-66) have been designed in close dialogue with the site. Further photographic investigations about the architecture work of Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Hans Scharoun et al. have been realized (open access exhibition).

"Stapelvilla" – Transformation of Famous Modernist Housing Concepts

Research by Design, experimental RealLaboratory (PhD research), architectural project with Christian Pieper, jp3, exhibitions, publications & six-month teaching with students (3rd-5th year), theory seminar, workshop on-site (Villa Schminke) and design project (2004-2008)


"Stacked Villa": Research project about modern living concepts of iconographic representations of the first decades of the 20th century, in order to design & build a new, hybrid town typology combining architectonic memory & critical reflection, stacked single houses, work studios, townhouses and forms of community living, integrating the needs of different generations, geared especially towards densification and re-urbanization of the inner-urban, industrial wasteland along the river Spree in Berlin. Collage and metamorphosis of modern concepts of the 20th century. Project development for the realization of a prototype in 2016.

[3] Difficult Heritage

Transformation of Three Areas of State Security of the GdR: Consecutive Research Projects in Berlin & Cottbus (2009-2012)

Three-year research field: Scientific and artistic investigation, functional programming of the sites, architecture & urban design projects with international student groups (MA student group), cooperation with an interdisciplinary team of professors, guest lecturers and local stakeholders from the fields of politics, art, urban planning and architecture, resulting in scenario / solution proposals, public exhibitions & publications & debates, et al. in State Security Stasi Museum, Berlin Lichtenberg 2010, in the Town Hall Cottbus, 2011, press reviews from Berlin & Cottbus

Difficult Heritage - Berlin

(1) Ancient Ministry of State Security, Berlin: Future Scenario Investigation

Half-year research, urban & architectural design project with MA students (2009), task: re-activation & transformation, analysis, scenario development & exemplary projects, teaching in cooperation with the Department of Architecture History, in cooperation with the Federal State commissioned Stattbau and with the Stasi Museum

The former headquarter of the Ministry of State Security in Berlin Normannenstraße is characterized by a complex & grown "town within the town", dating from the "Gründerzeit" to the 1980s. The research project had the aim to develop and think about alternative future scenarios in architecture and urban planning, with a particular focus on the historic and 20th century-specific hybrid architecture typologies, the history of the place and the experiences and activities of the people involved until today.

(2) Bautzenerstr. Cottbus: Transformation of an Ancient Central Prison of the State Security _ Design of Memorial Place & Museum

Six-week full-time workshop (10 ECTS credits), research & architectural design project with international student group (2011), task: re-activation / transformation, in cooperation with the Foundation of Human Rights, Cottbus and the Department of Architecture History, an interdisciplinary team of artists, architects, politicians and witnesses

Difficult Heritage - Public Discourse

The complex building ensemble of the former central prison of Cottbus, with its architecture history between the late 19th until the second half of the 20th century and the traces of its inmates' destinies of political imprisonment constituted the framework for diverse artistic and scientific investigations and concepts of new typologies, for creating dialogue, for enabling memory, and inquiring about further needs of the town such as schools or public facilities, while creating an awareness and an open public discourse about the transformation of these politically difficult sites.

(3) Nordrand 45, Cottbus: Ancient Main Administration Complex of State Security of Brandenburg _ Critical Comments

Difficult Heritage - Stasi at Cottbus

Six-week full-time workshop (10 ECTS credits), artistic research & architectural design project with international student group (2010), task: artistic reading, installation & interpretation or comment or project, in cooperation with the private owner of the complex, in dialogue with the Urban Planning Department of the City of Cottbus, and in cooperation with the Department of Sculpture & an interdisciplinary team of artists, architects, politicians and witnesses

Students had the opportunity to experience a difficult place on-site by working out 1:1 installations for "transforming the existing" and to push a public debate about the problematic area by developing architectural comments & events, to investigate the specific young and mostly difficult history of Eastern Germany within a concrete architectural typology, to trace the specific political landscape of the former GDR, and experience these spatial narratives within a given physical space and urban territory in the form of a building complex of the second half of the 20th century.

(4) Cultural Transfer: Comparative Transformation of a European Prison Typology of the 19th Century in Lisbon, Cottbus, Tallinn

Six-month Master's Thesis (30 ECTS credits) and research collaboration of three universities and an international group of post-graduate students of eight nationalities, with final symposium & public exhibition, (2012), open access publication (blog)

Cultural Transfer - Photo: Anne Gross + Sebastian Seyfahrt

Comparative and research-oriented Master's thesis seminar about the re-definition of three different European urban heritage sites: The European typology of historical prison complexes of the 19th century is the starting point of three half-year-research cluster teams in Cottbus, Lisbon and Tallinn, to work out different positionalities and multi-perspective concepts in architecture and urban scale of a nowadays obsolete typology of the Enlightenment. The study engages in notably different contexts in Germany, Portugal and Estonia – at the edge of the historical city of Cottbus, within the historic urban fabric of Lisbon and at the coast and former national boarder of Tallinn, as well as in different political & planning cultures. The international group of students and professors bring out multi-perspective solutions and visions as "architectural models of dealing and transforming the existing".

[4] Representative Heritage

Felix Romuliana: Exhibition Site Concept and Protection Buildings

Representative Heritage - Felix Romuliana, Serbia

International Summer University with international student group (all years) in Belgrad-Gamzigrad, public lecture & publication (2006)

Within the context of the historic substance of the late antique emperor palace Felix Romuliana in Gamzigrad/Serbia, the analysis and design of an overall concept including a road system for directing visitors, plans for the entrance area, roofs for the two mausoleums and a mobile coffee shop were developed. The goal was to initiate a discourse concerning different points of view, alternatives and variations in dealing with historic heritage. German-Serbian cooperation between architects, architectural historians, curators, researchers and archaeologists.

Transformation: Completion of the Sagrada Familia

Architecture design project & research. Investigation of three different strategies for the completion of an important heritage site: design, models, sketches, presentation & exhibition, Diploma-thesis, summa cum laude (1992)

Representative Heritage - Completion of the Sagrada Familia

Inspired by the US-initiated architecture competition during the Barcelona Olympics year in 1992, with the task to complete the Sagrada Familia, designed by Antoní Gaudí since 1882, the work consists of two parts: The theoretical analysis of Gaudí‘ s specific design research strategies, and a "design discourse" investigating the consequences of three different positions, concerning heritage strategies by transforming the existing of an unfinished heritage site, varying typology, construction and aesthetic position, in an contemporary dialogue with the historic position of Antoní Gaudí.