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Anna Weichsel
Anna Weichsel

Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
Shattuck Hall 235

PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Diploma in Architecture and Engineering, Technical University Dresden
Diploma in Architecture, Bauhaus University Weimar

Anna Weichsel is an architect, engineer, and scholar. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from Bauhaus University Weimar and TU Dresden and is currently finalizing her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to teaching at PSU, Anna taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the University of Pennsylvania, and the Technical University Berlin. She is also a registered architect and was co-founder of the Berlin based studio Weichsel Sollich Architekten.

Anna’s research focuses on the intersection of architecture, psychology, and technology, particularly on architectural experiments, theories of creativity, experimental aesthetics and urban environments. Her dissertation focuses on early 20th century Russian architectural strategies receptive of aesthetic theories based on experimental psychology with the objective to utilize creativity in everyday life as a transformative resource for urban and societal renewal. Anna’s more current design and research work explores the implications of augmented environments for architectural design strategies engaging in an interdisciplinary field of art (performance), architecture, communication technology, and philosophy.

Her work has been published in magazines including Open Access Journal EAHN, bauwelt, disco ARCH+, Log, footprint, as well as in architecture books on contemporary architecture in Berlin and Germany. Anna’s work has also been exhibited at a number of architecture and art venues including suitcasearchitecture – gallery for livable design, Sprengel Museum Hannover, art fair abc, Vitra Design Museum.

Anna is the recipient of several awards including seven awards for excellent architecture in Germany, First Prize for Young Architects in Germany, Akademie c/o First Prize for Theoretical Writing on Architecture, First Prize for the German Embassy Sculpture and Public Space Design in Washington, D.C. (in collaboration with Suse Weber), Will M. Mehlhorn PhD Architecture First Prize, a Getty Research Library Grant, and a GAPSA Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovations.