Hannes Mayer


ROLAND RAINER VISITING CHAIR 2014 / 2015

Hannes Mayer is appointed as the Roland Rainer Visiting Chair 2014/2015.

Hannes Mayer (*1981 Stuttgart) is an architect, writer, teacher, curator, lichenologist and musician. Before joining the Academy of Fine Arts as the Roland Rainer Chair 2014/15 he was the director and editor-in-chief of archithese. Parallel to his work as an editor, he was a studio master of MArch unit20 and a thesis supervisor of the MArch GAD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Prior to that he was a visiting lecturer and unit master at the University of Westminster. Hannes Mayer is a frequent lecturer and visiting critic at European architecture schools and an experienced moderator of public events. His more than fifty articles on architecture and related fields have appeared in archithese, Architectural Design, a+u, trans as well as in various edited books.

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Hannes Mayer


ROLAND RAINER VISITING CHAIR 2014 / 2015

Hannes Mayer studied architecture at BTU Cottbus, TU Eindhoven and the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he completed both his Diploma and MArch. He worked as a builder on Renzo Piano´s Paul Klee Zentrum and as an architect in Zurich and London. Subsequently, he established his own office M-A-O/architecture and optimism in London (2007). With works ranging from a documentary film and exhibition on homelessness in Graz (Gregors Stadt/ Sei Vogel wenn du fliegst, 2008 with Martin Zettel) to post-digital architectural design using image-based vector fields (Lichonic Architecture, 2007 - ), his projects have been shown at Kunsthaus Graz, Schauspielhaus Graz, HDA Graz, Babylon Cinema Berlin, Unknown Building Görlitz, Architekturforum Zurich, Austrian Pavilion – Venice Biennale, Fundación Arquitectura COAM Madrid, Spitalfields Church London and as part of the Festival Steirischer Herbst (Changing the Perspective – Walking Conference 2008).

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Hannes Mayer


ROLAND RAINER VISITING CHAIR 2014 / 2015

More recently, he organised a series of conferences on the state of Swiss architecture (Zurich 2012, Karlsruhe 2013, Basel 2014), was shortlisted for the Swiss Art Award and explored public formats which intensify architectural debate through means of sound and media (Theater Neumarkt, Zurich 2014). In 2014 he established unitedcircus as a platform to develop these various formats further.

During the winter term at the Academy of Fine Arts he will give six lectures on the accelerating expanding universe of architecture and run a related seminar called Syzygy.

The work of Artgineering won various awards and prizes, such as Europan 6 and the Karl-Hofer Award. It was published for example in A+U, De Architect, Derive an