Profile

2017 - Now: Design Academy Eindhoven: Master department Design Curating & Writing
masterdesigncuratingwriting.info

2016 - 2017: Philadelphia University: Scholarship at Philadelphia University, architecture department with focus on writing and architecture history
philau.edu/architectureandthebuiltenvironment

2012 - 2016: Köln International School of Design with focus on Design Theory & Research, Urban Design and Editorial/Graphic Design, Bachelor of Arts
kisd.de

Languages: German, English, Serbian, French

Mara Siegel was born in Berlin in 1991 and later grew up in Cologne. Early on she became interested in the commitment to design and man-made structures. From 2012 she studied at the International School for Design (KisD) in Cologne, where her work focused on urban spatial phenomenologies. In addition to a thesis on the Disneyfication of everyday life and a comparison of prison architecture and interiors in the USA and Germany, she earned a scholarship to study architecture abroad at Philadelphia University in the US. There she also finished her bachelor thesis on the urban structures of parallel societies. Mara is currently writing her master thesis at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Her work will focus on architectural post-war phenomena in the Balkan region and deals with topics like trauma and architecture as well as transience and/or formal identity issues of the eastern bloc states.

Work

2019: Summer School, teaching collaboration w/ Lasse Scherffig // Topic: Unfinished Urban Utopias / Romania, Victora - TBC

2018: Teaching tutor position at Köln International School of Design, Design Theory / Urban Design Research
// Title: Life within Walls: Forms of Delimitation: Urban Design study and research

2017: Publication of DAE MA Program Booklet „Canary“
// Editorial and graphic conception / writing and organization process

2017: Nomination for „Kölner Design Award“ 2017 & Exhibition of Bachelor Thesis in MAKK
// Design research based Bachelor Thesis „Parallelwelt“ gets nominated for annually awarded Cologne Design Price. Nominees get displayed in MAKK (Museum für angewandte Kunst, Köln)

2016: Edx Harvard Online Course Certificate – „The Architectural Imagination“
// 10 Module online course about arch. studies, history and concepts

2015: Exhibition @ Cologne Trade Fair EXPOCASE
// Interactive Installation „Me, Myself & I“ for Identity theme of the exhibition

Code and design: F451 (Quentin Creuzet and Domitille Debret)
Typeface: EuroNext System 50 by Samuel Pin and Quentin Creuzet