With a basis and postgraduate degrees in both Architecture and Media Fine Arts, and a PhD in Art, Science and Technology (*), Claudia Westermann's research and related art/design portfolio lies at the intersection of art/architecture, technology research and epistemology. It emphasizes questions on the relation of the material to the virtual world, and essentially addresses questions of place (making). Her works have been exhibited and presented internationally at conferences and at over 30 exhibitions, e.g., at the Venice Biennale (Architecture), the Moscow International Film Festival, ISEA Symposium for the Electronic Arts in Japan, and the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Claudia Westermann is a passionate teacher. She has been invited to workshops, lectures and critiques at various universities including at the Architectural Association (AA), the Bartlett, Zurich University of the Arts, School of the Art Institute Chicago, and Innsbruck University, held the position of a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria from 2006 to 2010, and currently holds the position of an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. In 2014 she was awarded the university's teaching prize for the most innovative teaching practice.
Claudia Westermann's current practice and research focus on a theory, and related poetic discourse entitled "Inhabitable Theories”. In this context, she has developed performative lectures for the architects of the poetic present since 2003.
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