New teaching staff at BAS

We are proud to introduce our new faculty members at BAS.

New teaching staff at BAS.

Professor APP/DAV Christof Mayer
studied architecture in Berlin and London. He graduated 1998 at the Technical University of Berlin. In 1999 together with Andrea Hofmann, Jan Liesegang and Markus Bader he founded the architecture collective raumlaborberlin. In 2000 he became member at the Chamber of Architects Berlin and started Büro für Architektur und Städtebau. Christof Mayer has been teaching in Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Greece and Australia. 2014 he held a residency at the Monash University in Melbourne.


Professor APP/DAV Jan Liesegang 
Jan Liesegang, born in Cologne 1968, he studied Architecture in Berlin, Copenhagen and at the Cooper Union School of Architecture, New York. After graduating he worked for 3 years as project architect for Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, Berlin. In 1999 he co-founded raumlaborberlin. Today raumlabor works world wide on contemporary architecture, urbanism, art and research. From 2001-07 he has been teaching architecture and urban planning at the Art Academy, Stuttgart. In 2010 he was awarded for the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. In 2014 he was artistic director of the international summer school “Osthang Project” in Darmstadt, Germany on which he has co-published the book “building the city together” on experimental architecture and new self-organized public spaces.

Assistant Professor APP Francesca Torzo [Padova 1975] studies in Delft, Barcelona, Mendrisio and Venezia [IUAV]. Developed the diploma by Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio [CH] and graduated with honours by IUAV in Venezia [I] in 2001, with arch. Peter Zumthor, prof. Umberto Tubini, arch. Miguel Kreisler, eng. Jurg Conzett, with whom has developed an experimental stone construction published at HTW Chur. From 2001 to 2002 works as project architect by Peter Zumthor architekturburo, Haldenstein, and in 2003 by Bosshard Vaquer architekten, Zurich. In 2008 starts her own office in Genova. From 2009 to 2017 teaches as assistant by Atelier Bearth in Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio [CH]. From 2017 is professor at Bergen Arkitekthøgskole [NO].
Since 2009 has been lecturing in Hasselt, Mendrisio, Innsbruck, Paris, Bergen and Firenze. 


Assistant Professor DAV Charlotte Erckrath's field of interest is the investigation of design methodologies through critical drawing practice and material exploration. In her personal research she is looking at the emergence of poetics in conceptual ambiguities. Besides she is fascinated with fenlands.
Charlotte graduated at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in 2007, where she also completed a Master in Advanced Architectural Studies in 2009. From 2010 she has been involved in teaching architectural design running a first year studio and supervising master projects at ALICE/ EPFL Lausanne. Charlotte has taught her own Bachelor design studio in collaboration with Frederik Petersen at the School of Architecture - University of Brighton in 2015/16. Recently she has led the drawing course at the Department IEX at the Technical University of Braunschweig.
Charlotte is a co-founder of Black Horses - Association for Speculative Architecture and an active member since 2015, which also runs a project space in Halle, Germany.


Associated Professor APP Nancy Couling studied architecture at Auckland University (New Zealand), won a 1-yr post-grad scholarship at the IUAV (Venice) and in 2015 completed a PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, partly funded by the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation).
After professional registration in New Zealand, she collaborated in renowned international practices in Melbourne, Venice, Rome, Munich, Berlin & Hong Kong. In 1995-2010 she established her own interdisciplinary practice cet-0 /cet-01 with colleagues in Berlin and was also teaching assistant for architecture & urban design at the Technische Universität Berlin. She has published & presented widely on her current research topic; ocean space as an urbanized & cultivated realm and will compete an investigation on extended urbanization in the North Sea at the TU Delft with a Marie Curie Fellowship Sept 2017-Feb 2019.
(Nancy Couling will start her teaching at BAS in 2019.) 


Professor APP Andre Fontes 
1992 -Degree in Civil Engineering, from the University of Minho. (5 years)
1999 - Degree in Architecture from the Escola Superior Aríistica of Porto.(6 years)
2003 -Master’s Degree in Urban Planning. (2 years)
2016 - Phd in Urban Planning. 
Andre Fontes is one of the founders of CEREJEIRA FONTES ARCHITECTS, a company founded in 1996 with headquarters in Braga, Portugal . It is dedicated to the development of projects of architecture, urban planning, interior design, engineering, management and supervision of work. The company is headed by the architect/ Engineer António Jorge Fontes and by Arq./ Engineer André Fontes. The team is composed by a set of specialized professionals with a comprehensive multidisciplinary technique. The portfolio of works constructed integrates projects of high scale and complexity.The work of the atelier has been recognized in multiple competitions and awards at national andinternational levels.
Andre has been engaged as teacher at BAS since 2005. 


Professor DAV Tom Chamberlain
graduated from the painting school at the Royal College of Art in London in 1999. Recent group exhibitions include at the Drawing Room in London, Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai, Staatliche Museeen zu Berlin, MONA in Hobart , and Plan B in Cluj, Romania. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in London, Los Angeles and Berlin, where he is represented by Aurel Scheibler Gallery. His work is held in several public collections including the Kupferstichkabinett and MONA, and numerous international private collections. He has been a visiting tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in London, Escuela Nacional de Pintura in Mexico City, and various UK art schools including Arts University Bournemouth where he was Senior Lecturer. He was a sensor for BAS from 2010 until 2017.


Professor APP/DAV Marco Casagrande (1971) is a Finnish architect, biourbanist and social theorist. From the early stages of his career Casagrande started to mix architecture with other disciplines of art and science landing with a series of ecologically conscious architectural installations around the world. «There is no other reality than nature». He views architects as design shamans merely interpreting what the bigger nature of the shared mind is transmitting.
Casagrande views cities as complex energy organisms in which different overlapping layers of energy flows are determining the actions of the citizens as well as the development of the city. By mixing environmentalism and urban design Casagrande is developing methods of Urban Acupuncture in order to create an ecologically sustainable urban development towards the so-called Third Generation City.
Casagrande has been teaching in 65 academic institutions in 25 countries and realized more than 70 works in 14 different countries. The widely published works have been exhibited five times in the Venice Architecture Biennale (2000, 2004, 2006, 2014 and 2016) and in Havana Biennale 2000, Firenze Biennial 2001, Yokohama Triennial 2001, Montreal Biennial 2002, Puerto Rico Biennial 2002, Demeter Hokkaido 2002, Alaska Design Forum 2003, Echigo-Tsumari Triennial 2003, Taipei on the Move 2004, London Architecture Biennial 2004, Sensoria Melbourne 2004, Taiwan Design Expo 2005 and 2014, Urban Flashes Mumbai 2006, 7-ELEVEN City 2007, World Architecture Festival 2009, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennial 2009 and 2012, Victoria & Albert Museum 2010, Beaufort Triennial 2012, Austrian Museum of Contemporary Art MAK “Eastern Promises” 2013, Buenos Aires Architecture Biennale 2013, China Central Academy of Fine Arts CAFAM Biennale 2014, Habitare Helsinki 2014, Tallinn Architecture Biennial 2015 and Moscow Urban Forum 2016.
World Architecture Community Awards 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015, World Architecture Festival Award 2009, Architectural Review House Award 2010, Red Dot Design Award 2012 and Union of Architects of Russia annual “Zeleny Proekt” Award 2012. Marco Casagrande is the laureate of the European Prize for Architecture 2013, Committee of International Architecture Critics CICA Award 2013 for conceptual and artistic architecture and UNESCO & Locus Foundation Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2015.
Marco is the principal of the Casagrande Laboratory, internationally operating architecture and innovation office based in Helsinki, Finland and Vice-President of the International Society of Biourbanism.