Since April 1, 2023, Anna-Maria Meister and Joaquín Medina Warmburg have been jointly directing the saai.
Joaquín Medina Warmburg (Cádiz 1970) is full professor for architectural and building history at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT, Germany). Trained as an architect at ETSA Sevilla (Spain) and RWTH Aachen (Germany), where he earned his Ph.D., he has taught in several European and American universities since 1997, such as Universidad de Navarra, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Princeton University. 2011 to 2015 he was in charge of the Walter Gropius Chair of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. He hasconducted his research activity in the field of the history of architecture and urban planning of modernity. His approach focusses on the phenomena of cultural internationalization, including technical and environmental issues related to these exchange processes. In his current research projects, he addresses both a connected and an environmental history of architecture. He has published extensively on these topics, including books such as Projizierte Moderne (Frankfurt 2005) and The Construction of Climate in Modern Architectural Culture, 1920-1980 (Madrid 2015), Walter Gropius: proclamas de modernidad (Barcelona 2018), Paul Linder: de Weimar a Lima. Antología de arquitectura y crítica (Madrid 2019).
Anna-Maria Meister is an architect, historian and writer, and full professor of architecture theory at KIT. She works at the intersection of architecture's histories and the histories of science and technology, focusing on the interdependencies of processes of design with the design of processes, especially regarding their political, social, and aesthetic consequences. Meister received a joint PhD degree in the History and Theory of Architecture and the Council of the Humanities from Princeton University, and holds degrees in architecture from Columbia University, New York, and the TU Munich and is a licensed architect. She was a fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin, and a postdoctoral fellow at the TU Munich before her appointment as assistant professor for architecture theory and science at TU Darmstadt. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Graham Foundation, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, DAAD, and Columbia University, among others. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled Formatting Objects, Forming Values: The Paper Architectures of 20th Century Germany and a special issue for the Journal of the History of Knowledge on entangled temporalities. Her writing has been published in Britisch Journal for the History of Science, Architectural Histories, Harvard Design Magazine, Volume, Uncube, and as book chapters in The Architecture Machine (2020) and Dust and Data (2019), among others. She is co-curator and co-editor of the international collaborative project "Radical Pedagogies"; the eponymous book came out with MIT Press in spring 2022.