The project-based Bauhaus Earth Fellowship Program (BE-FELLOW) funds selected, young, exceptionally talented protagonists of the building turnaround. The objective of the program is to identify new, powerful architectural languages of a sustainable built environment and to support its transformation by means of architectural quality and design expression.
The project is a collaboration between Bauhaus Earth and Experimental, the non-profit organization founded by Prof. Regine Leibinger. In the first phase, Experimental will fund the program until July 2025.
The program invites primarily architects, but also artists, designers, thinkers, and engineers to apply as fellows. Fellows are invited to develop and experiment with new design approaches using bio-based, local, and sustainable materials and building systems.
Fellowship projects are open-ended. They are developed and implemented in collaboration between the Fellows and Bauhaus Earth and project-specific further partners in an open and shared research environment. Working formats include workshops, trainings, and summer schools. The Fellows’ presence in Berlin and Brandenburg is linked to exhibitions, lectures, symposia, and debates.
Fellowship projects typically lead to architectural artifacts of a manageable size, that will serve as a tangible demonstrator of a new way of building. In this way, fellows contribute to a growing knowledge base accessible to the public.
Open calls for applications are disseminated and made available publicly and internationally. The next open call will be published in the beginning of 2023. Projects are intended to run from 3 to 12 months.
Our curatorium, the majority of whom are distinguished external experts, selects the fellows on the basis of the project proposal submitted.
Prof. Florian Nagler
(Professor for Architectural Design and Construction, TU München / Florian Nagler Architekten)
Prof. Anna Ramos
(Adjunct professor for Architectural Technology, ETSAB – UPC / Director Fundació Mies van der Rohe)
Prof. Christiane Sauer
(Professor for Material Design, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin)
(Independent Critic and Architectural Advisor)
Prof. Jan de Vylder
(ETH Z D ARCH CHAIR FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN / SHARE FOR ARCHITECTURE AN(D) ATTITUDE / A JDVIV / IVJDV A + ETC – architecten Jan De Vylder INGE VINCK)
Prof. Dr. Jan Wurm
(Professor Regenerative Design and Biofabrication in Architecture, KU Leuven / EU Engagement and Venturing Lead Europe, Arup)
Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz
(Executive Director, Bauhaus Earth)
Dr. Matthias Ballestrem
(Program Director BE-FELLOW, Bauhaus Earth / Co-Managing Director, Experimental)
Prof. Regine Leibinger
(Barkow Leibinger / Founder, Experimental)
BE-FELLOW will support the Fellowship projects both by working time, network, organization, as well as by a project budget. The framework for the project budget will be specified in each Call for Applications.
BE-FELLOW is chaired by Dr. Matthias Ballestrem. Matthias is an architect with many years of international experience in design teaching, most recently as professor of architecture and experimental design at HCU in Hamburg. One of his research interests is the methodology of practice- and design-based research in architecture. In this context, he is involved in PEP (Programm Entwurfsbasierte Promotion) at TU Berlin, in the EAAE research academy workgroup, and in the Constructive Disobedience initiative, among others. He understands BE-FELLOW as a promising opportunity to strengthen the role of architectural design and construction for the transformation of the built environment through practice and to bridge the gap between institutional research and building practice.
For further inquiries, please contact Matthias at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image by Maischa Souaga, Pre-carbonized Wood using the Yakisugi method