Talk: 12.10.2021, 7 pm

The DAZ invites you to a discussion (in English) on the impact horizon and reflection of the emerging teaching method DesignBuild.

DesignBuild sees itself as a holistic approach to teaching architecture: theory, research, and practice are applied by students within a project and through all phases of construction to combine abstract knowledge and real-world experience. DesignBuild projects have received great response from universities in recent years due to their alternative teaching approach and are being applied and implemented worldwide.  
Through the implementation of many construction projects in the global south, critical voices with the accusation of promoting neocolonial structures in this way are gaining increased space and the research method is moving into a public and complex discourse. The stigma of a structural power imbalance is attached to it, as are the countless successfully implemented projects around the world.  
On the occasion of the exhibition “Experience in Action” at the DAZ, Ursula Hartig, Dr. Nina Pawlicki, the student initiative “ifa_diaspora” and the Ecuadorian collective ”Atarraya Taller de Arquitectura” discuss (in English) with Alesa Mustar, DAZ, the degrees of effectiveness of DesignBuild, the challenges of international collaboration, the moral, ethical and constructional responsibility of all project participants and the importance of parity work in a global context.


  • Ursula Hartig, CoCoon, TU Berlin and former professor for Planning and Building in a Global Context, UAS Munich (2016-20)
  • Dr. Nina Pawlicki, PhD „Agency in DesignBuild“ and Natural Building Lab, TU Berlin
  • ”ifa_diaspora”, student initiative of planners, architects and urban researchers critical of racism, Institute for Architecture (IfA), TU Berlin
  • Collective “Atarraya Taller de Arquitectura”, Quito/ Ecuador

Many thanks to all participants for this intense and beautiful evening!