Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule

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Students at SAC profit from the teaching of the school’s diverse and multi-facetted faculty and are in turn expected to develop a highly personalised approach to their work. SAC’s academic offerings are exclusive and distinct from the few comparable programmes in Europe and the US. It is based on a continuous research structure that is combined with a fundamental commitment to the powers of architectural design. Research and project-work are conducted in an intense and demanding atmosphere and formulated in close collaboration with specialists from a wide range of professional and research fields. SAC currently has 34 students from 15 different countriesWhile SAC’s teaching programme is specifically focused on architecture and architectural design, the students learn through the conduct of research and experimentations a wide array of transferrable skills that they can later apply to a range of professional activities.


The Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) is part of the world renowned state art academy, Städelschule (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt) built in 1817. SAC’s work and activities are highly international, addressing state of the art architectural design within the context of contemporary topics in architecture. Since around 1980, SAC has offered advanced studies in architecture and urbanism under the directorship of eminent, world-class architects. The programme is today led by its dean Ben van Berkel and its programme director Dr. Johan Bettum succeeding the Spanish architect, Enric Miralles and the British architect, Sir Peter Cook.SAC’s current activities comprise of advanced research and experiments that pertain to contemporary design processes, the use of computerised technology as well as design and construction of complex geometric forms with advanced material systems.

Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule