Architectural Criticism

Monday Evening Conversations in Aachen


The registration takes place via RWTH Online and is possible until September 30th. Further information about the registration process can be found in our FAQ.

All students can register for one module. You can specify two preferences. Please use the numbers “1” and “2”. If you have not been assigned a place in the project after the end of the assignment and are still interested in participating, please contact sibel.yildirim[@]ipw.rwth-aachen.de directly.

(If you have any problems with the registration or with RWTHonline, please contact Mrs. Sibel Yildirim (IPW), also stating your matriculation number: sibel.yildirim@ipw.rwth-aachen.de)

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Academic Responsibility


Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Architekturtheorie
RWTH Aachen

Leonie Bunte, M.Sc.

Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Architekturtheorie
RWTH Aachen

Contact Person





Monday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.


In person

Room 321 – Rogowski Building 

52062 Aachen


For more than four decades, the Aachen Monday Talks have been a highlight in the academic life of the Faculty of Architecture at RWTH Aachen University. It offers students and citizens interested in architecture a forum in which current positions in architectural practice and theory can be discussed. In the upcoming 2023/2024 edition, we would like to invite internationally renowned architecture critics. Together with our guests, we would like to explore the tasks and formats of criticism and, above all, take a close look at those highly inflammatory disputes that trigger debates that reach far beyond the boundaries of the discipline. The composition of the series takes into account both the methodological diversity of the “critical business”, that of ideological positions and also that of the media in which criticism is articulated.

Learning Outcomes

The course offers students the opportunity to explore the relationship between architecture and criticism, to engage with issues that affect transdisciplinary areas of knowledge, and to learn about the diversity of critical perspectives in the field of architecture and the built environment.




Ifa_diaspora is a student initiative and open discussion platform of architects, planners and urban researchers at the Institute of Architecture (IfA) at TU Berlin, mainly composed of post-migrant and PoC students. The overall aim is to highlight structural and institutional racism in architecture and the built environment more broadly. Based on the IfA, the aim is to highlight, question and actively dismantle racist hegemonies in architectural teaching. ifa_diaspora advocates for a more critical planning environment through sustainable and multi-perspective knowledge production within the sector.


Shumi Bose

Shumi Bose is a writer, critic and curator based in London. After teaching at Central Saint Martins College and the Architectural Association, she gained international recognition for her curatorial work at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale. Shumi Bose founded Holdspace to create space for discussions about architecture outside the academic sphere. She is involved in the African Futures Laboratory.


Wilfried Wang

Wilfried Wang was born in Hamburg in 1957 and studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He works as an architect, author and was director of the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt am Main from 1995-2000. His practice includes teaching at various European and American universities, including Harvard University, ETH Zurich and currently at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Mr Wang is also known as the editor and author of numerous publications and is one of the world’s most distinguished architectural critics.


Ursula Baus

Ursula Baus was born in Kaiserslautern in 1959 and studied philosophy, art history, classical archaeology and finally architecture in Saarbrücken, Stuttgart and Paris. She works as an author, architecture scholar and critic. She was editor of the Deutsche Bauzeitung between 1987 and 2004 and subsequently founded the Frei04-Publizistik collective. Ursula Baus has also held various teaching posts: in Biberach for architectural theory and in Stuttgart for architectural criticism. As an author, she publishes books on building culture, architectural theory and architectural history.


Irénée Scalbert

Irénée Scalbert works as an architecture critic in London. After studying architecture at the Architectural Association, he worked as an architect for several years before returning to the AA as a lecturer. Since then he has been a visiting professor at Harvard, the Politecnico di Milano and other universities. He also regularly publishes articles and essays in renowned international journals such as L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui, Casabella, Oase and Domus.

11.12.2023 (Cancelled)

Forensic Architecture

Forensic Architecture is an investigative institute of Goldsmith College in London that uses architectural techniques and representational forms to uncover and document crimes, human rights abuses or serious environmental degradation. Forensic Architecture regularly works with Amnesty International and the United Nations to highlight disputes. Forensic Architecture has received numerous awards for its work. Founder Eyal Weizman’s acclaimed publications include Civilian Occupation, which critically examines Israel’s settlement policy.

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation. If you would like to take an exam, please make sure beforehand how you can get credit for it in your degree program. Of course, you can also take exams without receiving curricular credit for them. Visit our FAQs for more information.



Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)


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