Bauhaus Earth Fellowship Program

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The project-based Bauhaus Earth Fellowship Program (BE-FELLOW) funds selected, exceptionally talented, emerging protagonists of the Bauwende*. The program aims to identify new, powerful architectural languages for a sustainable built environment and to support this transformation through architectural quality and design expression. The program is designed to provide Fellows with the financial freedom and the intellectual and professional environment to pursue their promising experimental ideas and new design approaches in a focused way.

Through collaborative practice, the fellowship projects bring together emerging actors, experts, students, and local stakeholders. They aim to produce new knowledge on local, bio-based, and circular building, to bridge the gap between institutional research and building practice, and to contribute to the development of a powerful aesthetic for a sustainable architecture of the future.

BE-FELLOW is a collaboration between Bauhaus Earth and Experimental, the non-profit organization founded by Prof. Regine Leibinger. Since 1993, together with Frank Barkow, she has run the Berlin architectural studio Barkow Leibinger. She teaches at German and international universities and seeks to develop Experimental into a framework for practice-based experimental and research work, which often has too little space within the constraints of everyday work.

Fellows & Projects

BE-FELLOW welcomes a broad spectrum of emerging international practitioners in the fields of architecture, design and engineering, art, and interdisciplinary constellations of architectural production. Fellows have demonstrated specific relevant individual expertise.

Projects supported by the Fellowship Program should showcase clear research questions and typically target the production of architectural artefacts of manageable scale that serve as tangible and measurable demonstrations of new ways of building. They should aim for longevity and to be integrated into a real-world, social context.

Projects are open-ended and designed for a duration of 3 to 12 months. They are developed and implemented in close collaboration between the Fellows and the BE-FELLOW team and further project-specific partners in an open and collaborative research environment. We encourage Fellows to spend as much time as possible in Berlin and in the LAB and office space at Marienpark. The Fellows’ presence in Berlin and Brandenburg will be linked to exhibitions, lectures, symposia, and debates.

Want to learn more? – Relevant Press and Events

> SEE IT NOW: Material Cultures Paludiculture Fragment @ Kreis statt Krise, Berlin, March 1 – July 4, 2024

> LISTEN: Matthias Ballestrem @ Vers une architecture JUNG Architekturgespräche

> READ: “Playing Fair in the Pursuit of Sustainable Design”, koozArch

Funding & Support

Fellows receive financial support for the implementation of the project based on their project-specific calculations included in the application form. Matthias Ballestrem and Alexine Sammut–the BE-FELLOW team–support the project through content collaboration and organizational support. For the Fellows, Bauhaus Earth becomes an interdisciplinary learning environment and platform for communal learning outside the formal education system. In Berlin, Fellows have free access to the LAB and office space at Marienpark, including a workshop with technical support. Based on the specific focus of the Fellows’ projects, we organize knowledge exchange with ongoing Bauhaus Earth projects and our growing network.

Fellowship project development and results will be published on Bauhaus Earth’s media channels. BE-FELLOW supports fruitful and long-term networks and relationships with our Fellows.

Open Call 2024

Our 3rd Open Call is expected to be published on this site, on Instagram, and on our LinkedIn page in early summer 2024.

Current Fellows

Fellowships 3 and 4 have been awarded to Kevin Kimwelle from South Africa and to Argentinian duo Heidi Jalkh and Angie Dub. Kevin’s project “90% plus”, which will begin in February 2024, will focus on reused and recycled materials in the built environment. During the fellowship he will revisit, document, and further advance building materials, methods, and components developed for several award-winning alternative design and construction projects in South Africa. Beginning in mid-2024, Angie and Heidi’s BE-FELLOW project will focus on the further development of their bioceramic material produced at ambient temperature from waste from the shellfish industry.

Our second fellowship was awarded to Baukreisel e.V. for the innovative deconstruction case study “concrete.matters – primary structure laboratory.” Baukreisel will work with Bauhaus Earth on the case of the deconstruction and reuse of structural concrete building elements from the former Max Planck Institute high-rise building in Dortmund. Read more here.

Finally, the first fellowship was awarded to Material Cultures in 2023 for their project “Constructive Land Berlin/Brandenburg”. This project explored the potential of rewetting peatlands in Brandenburg for the production of regional bio-based building materials. For more information, please visit our page on the first BE-FELLOW project.


The BE-FELLOW Curatorium meets twice a year to discuss the content and strategy of current projects, the future direction of the program, and the selection of Fellows. To ensure impartiality, the majority of the Curatorium consists of external, highly distinguished experts.

External members:

Prof. Florian Nagler
(Professor of Architectural Design and Construction, TU München / Florian Nagler Architekten)

Prof. Anna Ramos
(Adjunct professor of Architectural Technology, ETSAB – UPC / Director Fundació Mies van der Rohe)

Prof. Christiane Sauer
(Professor of Material Design, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin)

Karen Stein
(Independent Critic and Architectural Advisor)

Prof. Jan de Vylder

Prof. Dr. Jan Wurm
(Professor of Regenerative Design and Biofabrication in Architecture, KU Leuven / EU Engagement and Venturing Lead Europe, Arup)

Internal members:

Dr. Matthias Ballestrem
(Program Director BE-FELLOW, Bauhaus Earth / Co-Managing Director, Experimental)

Prof. Regine Leibinger
(Barkow Leibinger / Founder, Experimental)

Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz
(Executive Director, Bauhaus Earth)


BE-FELLOW is chaired by Chrissie Muhr, Co-Managing and Artistic Director of Experimental, together with the Program Co-Managers Rosa Hanhausen and Alexine Sammut at Bauhaus Earth. For further inquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at

*Bauwende: German term referring to the massive paradigm shift necessary in the way we build.