Please note: the Bauhaus Archive Museum is currently closed due to extensive restoration works inside. We'll only visit the exterior during this tour.
Mid-Century Highlights and Urban Renewal
Berlin: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Raised in New York City, Jan graduated from Williams College in 1985 with honors in the history of ideas and later went to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to receive his MA in architecture in 1990. He has worked as an architect in Berlin since 1994. He has been a regular contributor to a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, the Harvard Design Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Places Magazine, and the Architectural Record, writing chiefly about European architecture and urbanism. He teaches urban studies and sustainability at the IES Berlin Metropolitan Studies Program, and has served as an invited guest critic or lecturer at the Technische Universität in Berlin, the University of Warsaw Architecture School, and the Architectural Association in London. Jan is the Academic Director of the Northeastern University School of Architecture Berlin Program, where he also teaches two required seminars.
Robert grew up in East Berlin during the 1980s and went on to study at the University of Florence, Italy. He received his PhD in cultural studies from Humboldt University of Berlin where his dissertation focused on sexual violence in the Nazi concentration camps. He recently worked as a researcher for the BBC and as a historian for the Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camp memorials. His interests range from the history of art and architecture to modern European history and WWII. Robert worked for Hampshire College and has given guest lectures at both Boston University and Brown University. He has been working as a tour guide for more than ten years.
An architect and urbanist, Lucia has been working with Context since 2012. The emphasis of her walks lies in present Berlin from where she leads an exploration into the layers of the past in order to understand the transformations of the city and the significance of its sites, so as to anticipate possible future scenarios. Her thematic focus is on post-war history, urbanism and architectural heritage, as well as on everyday life in Berlin. Parallel to her work with Context, she has been collecting experiences from different branches: collaborating with several public institutions analysing and comparing the urban landscape of various European cities, developing city guides and organising workshops; working for a design agency specialised in real estate and signage design; and currently, planning housing and office buildings in Berlin with a private project developer. She is a proud ambassador of Berlin and Context.
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