Mara Siegel was born in Berlin (1991) and later grew up in Cologne. Early on her practice commited to design and man-made structures. From 2012 she studied at the International School for Design in Cologne (KiSD), where her work thematized urban spatial phenomenologies. In addition to a thesis on the Disneyfication of society and a comparison of prison architecture and interiors from the US and Germany, she earned a scholarship at Pennsylvania University (US).
In June 2019 she gratuated from Design Academy Eindhoven in the field of Design Curating & Research. Her MA thesis dealt with architectural post-war phenomena in Belgrade/Serbia. Contnuing to explore the themes of spatial design, Urban Design strategies and phenomena, Mara worked as a part time lecturer at the Köln International School of Design.
2020-present: Head of Media // Peres Projects, Berlin, DE
2019-2020: Production Manager at Schloss Hollenegg for Design, Hollenegg, AT
2019: Summer School, teaching collaboration w/ Prof. Lasse Scherffig // Ion Muncu UAUIM, Bucharest / Romania, Victoria, Title: "Utopian Cities, Programmed Societies", RO
2018-2019: Teaching tutor position at Köln International School of Design, Design Theory / Urban Design Research, DE
// Title: "Life within Walls: Forms of Delimitation": Urban Design study and research
2018: Exhibition @ International Court of Justice / Den Hague, NL
// Title: "Wearing Justice"
Showcase of collaboration w/DAE
2017: Publication of DAE MA Program Booklet „Canary“, NL
// Editorial and graphic conception / writing and organization process
2017: Nomination for „Kölner Design Award“ 2017 & Exhibition of Bachelor Thesis in MAKK, DE
// Design research based Bachelor Thesis „Parallelwelt“ gets nominated for annually awarded Cologne Design Price. Nominees get displayed in MAKK (Museum für angewandte Kunst, Köln)
2015: Exhibition @ Cologne Trade Fair EXPOCASE, DE
// Interactive Installation „Me, Myself & I“ for Identity theme of the exhibition
2019: Master of Arts, Design Academy Eindhoven, NL: Master department Design Curating & Writing
2017: Bachelor of Arts, Köln International School of Design, DE, with focus on Design Theory & Research, Urban Design and Editorial/Graphic Design,
2016 - 2017: Philadelphia University, US: Scholarship at Philadelphia University, architecture department with focus on writing and architectural research
2016: Edx Harvard Online Course Certificate – „The Architectural Imagination“
// 10 Module online course about arch. studies, history and concepts
Languages: German, English, Serbian, French