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soma sees architecture as an ongoing inquiry and a field for experimentation. The team’s activities range from the development of contemporary digital design strategies to the implementation of advanced geometries and theoretical research. Rather than representing fixed meanings, soma’s buildings produce an evocative ambiguity to give rise to a multitude of individual readings. In that sense their name (greek for body) has a double connotation. soma understands architecture itself as a body – potentially mutable and constantly transforming; secondly it refers to space as an atmospheric interaction between the body and its environment.

Biography
Kristina Schinegger and Stefan Rutzinger are founding partners of soma and lecturers at the Bartlett School of Architecture's March Architecture Unit 15. They studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and at The Bartlett. They have received several awards, including the Austrian Building Award 2005 and 2006, the Recognition Award for Experimental Tendencies in Architecture 2006 and 2008 and the MAK Schindler Scholarship 2008.

Kristina is a contract assistant professor at the Department of Architecture Theory at the Vienna University of Technology. Stefan has previously taught at the University of Technology, Vienna and the UCLA Future Lab, Munich. Stefan was holding the position of an interim professor for Spatial Design at the Academy for Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. Currently he is a guest professor for Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Their co-edited book One Ocean – Theme Pavilion Expo Yeosu has recently been published by Residenzverlag.

soma was founded in 2007 by the four partners, Kristina Schinegger, Stefan Rutzinger, Martin Oberascher and Günther Weber. The team has been awarded many prizes in international competitions. Its work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions, such as the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.

In addition to the Theme Pavilion for the Expo 2012 Yeosu in South-Korea, current finished projects include the extension for the Building Academy in Salzburg and a temporary music pavilion for the Salzburg Biennale. soma has offices in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria.

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