architects in exile

Architects in Exile

Architects in Exile. Stories of new spatial experiences

Politecnico di Milano, Campus Leonardo, Edificio 13, Spazio vetrato

29 – 30/05/2023

The international conference Architects in Exile: Stories of New Spatial Experiences (Milan, May 29-30, 2023) aims to explore a research field that has gained attention in recent years within cultural studies but remains unexplored from an architectural perspective: the exiles and migrations that have characterized the 20th century.

Eduard Kögel, Chen Kuen Lee in German Exile

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Atelier Deshaus



Re-Cultivating Industrial Sites
Atelier Deshaus, Shanghai


1 April – 17 May 2023

Friday, 31 March 2023, 6.30pm

Speaking at the opening
Hans-Jürgen Commerell Aedes, Berlin

Dr. Eduard Kögel
Researcher and Curator, Berlin
Liu Yichun
Architect and Founder, Atelier Deshaus, Shanghai

Aedes Architecture Forum
Christinenstr. 18-19
10119 Berlin

architecture & identity


Dialogues between China and Germany from 5th to 9th December 2022

Peter Herrle, TU Berlin; Thomas Jocher, University of Stuttgart; Astrid Ley, University of Stuttgart; Josefine Fokdal, University of Kassel; Sigrid Busch, University of Stuttgart; Eduard Kögel, Berlin; Dan Teodorovici, University of Stuttgart; Dipl.-Ing. Franziska Laue, University of Stuttgart; Jiang Chang, China University of Mining and Technology; Zhenyu Li, Tongi University; Zhigang Li, Wuhan University; Qiang Sheng, Beijing Jiaotong University; Yehao Song, Tsinghua Uriversity; Gang Wu, WSP Architects; Yiqaing Xiao, South China University of Technology; Lufeng Zhang, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Fang Zheng, Bejing Jiatong University; Junjie Li, Bejing Jiaotong University; Shiyu Yang, Bejing Jiaotong University

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SEAM encounters

dipl.-ing. arsitek (exhibition)

dipl.-ing. arsitek: german-trained indonesian architects from the 1960s

An exhibition in Jakarta, two symposia in December 2022, and a catalogue will shed light for the first time on a little-known chapter of German-Indonesian architectural, educational, and social history.

Dipl.-Ing. Arsitek: German-trained Indonesian Architects from the 1960s combines a look at Indonesian-born architects who graduated as Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) in Germany in the 1960s with issues surrounding their architectural heritage and contemporary urban challenges.

From 12 December 2022 to 12 January 2023 at Taman Ismail Marzuki in Jakarta

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China – Crossroads of Modernity

Global Modern

Triennale der Moderne: Architecture Global Modern (2)
China – Knotenpunkte der Moderne.
Ort des Exils in den 1930/40er Jahren und die deutsch-chinesischen Architekturbeziehungen der Nachkriegsperiode.


10:30 Beginn & Registrierung

10:45 Thomas Flierl & Robert K. Huber – Begrüßung & allgemeine Einführung

11:00 Eduard Kögel – Historical introduction 1912–1949

11:15 ZHANG Chunyan (Hangzhou) Bauhaus as Resource for China ‘s «New Architecture Movement» in the 1940s

11:45 WANG Wen-chi (Taiwan) – Chen Kuan LEE und der Chinesische Werkbund – Gedanken und Praxis eine interkulturellen Architektur

12:15 Li HOU (Boston) – Richard Paulick and the origins of modern urban planning in China

13:00 Mittagspause

14:00 Eduard Kögel – Historical introduction 1949–1976/1980

14:15 Eduard Kögel – The German-German Architecture Trip to China 1957

14:45 FENG Jiang (Guangzhou) – Returning Home: Hsia Changshi and Tropical Modernism in China

15:15 Andreas Butter – GDR shell sheds for China

15:45 Kaffee-Pause

16:15 Wolfgang Thöner – Marianne Brandt in China

16:45 Łukasz Stanek (University of Michigan) Architecture of the Sino-Soviet Split

17:15 Angelika Schnell (Wien) – Roland Rainer travels to China and Iran (1972)

18:00 Break

18:15 Frank Sieren (Beijing) – Keynote · Stadtentwicklung im 21. Jahrhundert – China als Trendsetter? (Ausblick)

19:00 Abschluss-Diskussion & Publikumsfragen

deshaus in London

deshaus in London

Sensitive Urbanity

Moderator: Andong Lu, Professor and Vice Dean, SAUP, Nanjing University


Chen Yifeng, Co-founder and principal architect of Atelier Deshaus

Liu Yichun, Co-founder and principal architect of Atelier Deshaus

Guest (alphabetic order)

Helen Castle, Publishing Director, RIBA, Overseer, RIBA Journal and Journal of Architecture

Prof Murray Fraser, Professor, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL Chairman, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Visiting Professor, Nanjing University

Dr Eduard Koegel, Independent Curator & Researcher Lecturer Bauhaus University Weimar

Prof David Leatherbarrow, Professor Emeritus, Weitzman School of Design, UPenn, Professor and the foreign Dean of the Architecture Internationalization Demonstration School, Southeast University

Dr Ingrid Schroder, Director, Architecture Association

Reform in China

Early Design Exchanges Between the People’s Republic of China and the German Democratic Republic
Eduard Kögel; Reform in China. Neue Sachlichkeit in Architektur & Design, [1930ern bis 1950ern]
Organizers: Museum of Decorative Arts Design Campus of Dresden State Art Collections, Dresden
China Design Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
In cooperation with: Goethe-Institut (China)
Erwin Broner

Erwin Broner’s exile in Ibiza.


Mediterranean vernacular architecture in the modern travel itineraries

L’architettura vernacolare mediterranea negli itinerari di viaggio moderni

Seminar opening — Pierfranco Galliani, Politecnico di Milano Introduction — Stamatina Kousidi, Politecnico di Milano

Panayotis Tournikiotis: National Technical University of Athens; Rhodakis’ and other houses on the island of Aegina: Greek origins for European modernity

Ornella Selvafolta: Politecnico di Milano; Luigi Figini e l’architettura mediterranea: matrici antiche della modernità

Eduard Kögel: Erwin Broner’s exile in Ibiza. The transformation from vernacular to avant-garde