Meike Schalk (Anna Boyksen Fellow) “Rethinking Institutionalized Patterns”

Introduced by the Parity Board (TU Munich).

Meike Schalk ( she/her) is an architect, associate professor in urban design and urban theory and docent in architecture at KTH School of Architecture. She is head of the doctoral program in Architecture, and the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Art, Technology and Design, a temporary collaboration with Konstfack - the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Currently, she is also an Anna Boyksen Fellow at the Technical University in Munich (2020-2022) exploring gender- and diversity-relevant themes in technosciences. Between 2011-2016, she was the programme director in Architecture of the cross-disciplinary and interdepartmental MSc programme Sustainable Urban Planning and Design. Until recently, I served as external examiner for the MA program in Urban Design at Sheffield University, School of Architecture, 2016-2020. From 2015-2018, she was director of the Strong Research Environment: Architecture in Effect: Rethinking the Social. Since 2019, she is a member of the committee for artistic research at the Swedish Research Council.


Katarina Bonnevier (MYCKET) “Architecture as Drag”

Introduced by the DRAG lab (EPFL). Dr. Katarina Bonnevier (Stockholm & Sankt Anna, 1970) is an artist, architect and researcher. In her practice of building and set design, art installations, performances, workshops, lecturing and writing she explores relations of architecture, aesthetics and power, especially from gender perspectives, informed by theatricality, queerness and the more-than-human. She is currently engaged in artistic research Troll perception in the Heartlands (affiliated to Linnaeus University, Växjö, funded by the Swedish Research Council), a transdisciplinary design project emerging out of southern rural Sweden, expanding the formal field used to generate sustainable future scenarios through site-specific crafting and crafting video animations informed by folktales and mythology. She is part of the upcycling workshop Möbelverkstan (with Madam snickeri), Söderköping and a founding member of the collaborative practice MYCKET ( Their recent projects include the participatory and permanent public space for dance and music Kepsen at Råslätt, Sweden (Public Art Agency Sweden, Mix Dancers Academy, Vätterhem, Jönköping municipality, Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, 2016-20), Kämpaoke - the karaoke bar with protest songs that care, Stockholm Culture Festival, Public Art Agency Sweden, 2019), The Grotto of Naiads (transformation of pedestrian tunnel, Haninge, 2018). Bonnevier received her Master in Architecture (1997) and her Doctoral degree (2007) with the dissertation Behind Straight Curtains: Towards a Queer Feminist Theory of Architecture (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2007) from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. She holds a M. Arch from Iowa State University, 2001, and has extensive experience as educator (KTH, Konstfack, HES-SO).


Eric Robsky Huntley “Up, Down, Around: Figuring Perspectives for Feminist Pedagogy”

Introduced by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (Harvard GSD). The third talk is going to be held by Eric Robsky ( they/them).
They are a Visiting Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD. They are also a Lecturer in Urban Science and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a research fellow of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC).
Robsky Huntley is a GIScientist, geographer, and designer who builds mapping tools in collaboration with and alongside movements for social justice. They received an Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Grant in collaboration with Graphe, the Toronto-based Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, and Beyond Extraction to design citizen science workshops investigating the economic geography of the Canadian extractive industries. They hold a PhD in Geography from the University of Kentucky; a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology with a concentration in Media Arts and Engineering, also from Michigan. They are also co-director of Graphe, a collective of critical scholars, practitioners, and teachers who understand mapping as a political intervention and as a distinct mode of inquiry.


Afaina de Jong (AFARAI) “The Multiplicity of Other”

Introduced by Claiming*Spaces (TU Wien). AFARAI is an Amsterdam-based architectural agency that specializes in spatial design and strategy, led by architect Afaina de Jong. The studio’s aim is to cross the boundaries of the traditional architecture practice by dealing with the existing city with an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach, integrating theory and research with design. As a studio AFARAI considers itself a feminist practice that encourages change on social and spatial issues and that accommodate differences.
Afaina has worked for renowned international firms before establishing her own firm in 2005. With her creative studio AFARAI she works on the boundary of architecture and art. Her work is deeply connected to represent people and cultural movements that are not traditionally represented in architectural form. By using form languages, colors, patterns and narratives that are other, she works towards a more inclusive experience of space. Afaina is a contemporary thinker, keeping a pulse on the now while at the same time projecting a unique vision of the future. For Afaina it is important that architecture is not only perceived, but also experienced and interacted with. Her discourse is international and intersectional, connecting popular culture with architecture.
Afaina has been an active educator for years amongst others at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, The Sandberg Institute, and ARTEZ and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University GSAPP in New York, KTH in Stockholm and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Her design research The Multiplicity of Other is commissioned for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021.


Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Think Tank) “Collective Forms of Care*”

Introduced by the Parity Group (ETH Zürich). WAI Architecture Think Tank is a planetary studio practicing by questioning the political, historical, and material legacy and imperatives of architecture and urbanism. Founded in Brussels in 2008 by Puerto Rican architect, artist, curator, educator, author and theorist Cruz Garcia and French architect, artist, curator, educator, author and poet Nathalie Frankowski, WAI is one of their several platforms of public engagement that include Beijing-based anti-profit art space Intelligentsia Gallery, and the free and alternative education platform Loudreaders. The work of Garcia and Frankowski has been part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and exhibitions at MoMA NY, Neues Museum Nuremberg, and MAAT Lisbon. They are authors of Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto, Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture, A Manual of Anti-Racist Architecture Education, and the upcoming book From Black Square to Black Reason: A Post-Colonial Architecture Manifesto.


Round Table – Tastemaking

Round Table - Tastemakers
Featuring: Meike Schalk + Katarina Bonnevier MYCKET + Cruz Garcia + Nathalie Frankowski + Els Silvrants-Barclay + Regine Keller + Dietrich Erben (tbc) + Marion Fonjallaz + Morgane Hofstetter + Dieter Dietz + Tom Emerson (tbc) + Leonie Wagner + Olga Cobuscean
Moderated by Vera Sacchetti


Round Table – Curriculum Change: Learning/Unlearning Taste

Round Table – Curriculum Change: Learning/Unlearning Taste
Featuring: Lisa Haber-Thomson + Jenny French + Afaina de Jong + Christian Kühn + Mo Hartmann + Bernadette Krejs + Eric Robsky Huntley + K. Michael Hays (tbc) + Shira
Grosman + Lauren Janko
Moderated by Marlene Wagner


Concluding Discussion – What’s good?

Concluding Discussion – What’s good?
DRAG lab asks the Parity Group, Claiming*Spaces, Womxn in Design, and the Parity Board about their experiences of good practice in institutional activism.