With a basis and postgraduate degrees in both Architecture and Media Fine Arts, and a PhD in Art, Science and Technology (*), Claudia Westermann's research and related art/design portfolio lies at the intersection of art/architecture, technology research and epistemology. It emphasizes questions on the relation of the material to the virtual world, and essentially addresses questions of place (making). Her works have been exhibited and presented internationally at conferences and at over 30 exhibitions, e.g., at the Venice Biennale (Architecture), the Moscow International Film Festival, ISEA Symposium for the Electronic Arts in Japan, and the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Claudia Westermann is a passionate teacher. She has been invited to workshops, lectures and critiques at various universities including at the Architectural Association (AA), the Bartlett, Zurich University of the Arts, School of the Art Institute Chicago, and Innsbruck University. She currently holds the position of an Associate Professor in Architecture at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. Previously she held the position of a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design (univ. Ass. postdoc) at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria from 2006 to 2010.
Claudia Westermann's current practice and research focus on a theory, and related poetic discourse entitled "Inhabitable Theories”. In this context, she has developed performative lectures for the architects of the poetic present since 2003.
(*) 1 - University of Karlsruhe (now KIT), Germany | 2 - Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), Germany | 3 – Center for Advanced Inquiry in the Integrative Arts (CAiiA), Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, UK