The ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge’ research and training program involves nine architectural offices and three cultural partners from across Europe. These non-academic partners contribute to the doctoral training by introducing early stage researchers to innovative, experimental heuristic methods, which are result-driven, and approach research through ‘learning by doing’.
Dr. Sofie De Caigny is director of the Flanders Architecture Institute since January 2018 and Lecturer at the University of Antwerp in Architecture Critique at the Faculty of Design Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. (2007, University of Leuven) in architectural history and a Master degree in Cultural Management (2001, Universitat de Barcelona). She coordinated of the heritage department of the Flanders Architecture Institute since 2006. In this position, she manages projects on the conservation, digitization, dissemination and publication of digital architectural records. She was in charge of the integration of the architectural archival collection of the Province of Antwerp into the Flanders Architecture Institute. Sofie De Caigny has actively collaborated on enriching the intellectual scope and depth of the Flanders Architecture Institute. The results of this can be seen in two editions of the Flanders Architectural Review (2016 and 2018) and the exhibition Maatwerk that De Caigny curated for the German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt. Since 2014, she is Secretary General of ICAM – International Confederation of Architectural Museums. Sofie De Caigny is commissioner of the entry for the Belgian Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennial in 2021.
Dr. Monika Platzer studied art history at the University of Vienna. She is a curator at the Architekturzentrum Wien and heads its collections department. International curatorial activity at leading institutions such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and the Getty Research Institute (GRI). Her exhibitions include: Cold War and Architecture. Contributions to Austria’s Democratization after 1945.; ‘Vienna. The Pearl of the Reich.’ Planning for Hitler; a_show: Austrian Architecture in the 20th and 21st Centuries; Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky; Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe 1890–1937; and Kinetism. Vienna Discovers the Avant-Garde. Monika Platzer is editor of icamprint, the journal of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums. In 2014, she was visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. Her current research focuses on transnational architectural history which was the subject of her latest publication on ‘Cold War and Architecture. The Competing Forces that Reshaped Austria after 1945. ’ by Park Books in 2019.
CITYFÖRSTER was founded in 2005 as an interdisciplinary partnership of architects, engineers, and urban planners that operates internationally, with employees from more than 10 countries. The team, led by eight partners, is spread across offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, and Rotterdam. They conceive, plan, and implement buildings, urban structures, and open spaces for cities that are compact, socially and functionally mixed, multimodally networked, productive, organized around circular economies, and capable of adapting to climate change.
Holger Hoffmann is a registered architect and founder of ‘one fine day. office for architectural design’, based in Düsseldorf, Germany. He holds a professorship for ‚Techniques of Representation and Design‘ at the University of Wuppertal since 2011. From 2007-2011 he led the ‘Department for Digital Design’ at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany. Holger gained professional expertise at UNStudio, Amsterdam, (2002-2008) and Bolles+Wilson, Münster (2000-2001). He received a postgraduate diploma in 2004 from Städelschule (SAC), Frankfurt, as he holds a professional degree in architecture from Münster School of Architecture (MSA), Germany. Before studying architecture, he was trained as a journeyman mason.
Onsitestudio is an architectural practice founded in Milan in 2006. The studio is headed by Angelo Lunati and Giancarlo Floridi. At this moment it employs 25 architects. They are interested in the intriguing relationships between the individual object and the city, between the need and specificity of the forms of a building and the collective character of the urban space, between the idea of modernity and the temporal depth inherent in the construction of places. They believe that these relationships can significantly inform the qualities of the architecture and that the city is still the privileged place of these possible resonances. On a number of different occasions, the projects confront reality, trying to amplify the already existing characters of the places and investigating new combinations between the complexity of contemporary life and the urban dimension.