The Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA) based at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is an interdisciplinary project that explores buildings as documents and built environments as archives in which history is inscribed. CDA is composed of architects, filmmakers, artists, historians and theorists who undertake a number of collective and individual research projects in contested areas or historical periods where architecture could be used as a registrar of political relations and transformations. Our analysis is centred on architecture’s materiality and it is undertaken in relation to other  archives, plans, drawings, photography, literature, film and social media and is mobilized by digital research techniques. Our projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects and public programs.


Prof. Dr. Ines Weizman

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Fakultät Architektur and Urbanistik
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8
D – 99423 Weimar

phone: +49 (0)3643 583139
e-mail: centre@documentary-architecture.org


Ines Weizman

Ines Weizman is the director of the Centre for Documentary Architecture that is based at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She is professor of architecture theory at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and co-director of the Bauhaus-Institute for History and Theory of Architecture and Planning. She was trained as an architect at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Ecole d’Architecture de Belleville in Paris. She graduated from Cambridge University with a Master of Philosophy and completed her PhD thesis at the Architectural Association School of Architecture London. Before coming to Weimar in 2012 she taught at the Architectural Association, Goldsmiths College London, the Berlage Institute of Architecture in Rotterdam and the CASS School of Art and Architecture, London Metropolitan University. Her edited book ‘Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence’ has been published by Routledge in 2014. Her writing has been published in books, magazines and journals such as AA Files, ADD METAPHYSICS, ARCH+, Architecture and Culture, BEYOND, Displayer, JAE, Future Anterior, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, Volume and The Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory. Research and exhibition projects include ‘Celltexts. Books and other works produced in prison’ (with Eyal Weizman) first exhibited in 2008 at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turino, http://celltexts.org/. The installation ‘Repeat Yourself. Loos, Law and the Culture of the Copy’ was first presented in the Arsenale at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 (part of the Museum of Copies curated by FAT), and in 2013 also in Vienna and in New York.

Wolfram Höhne

Wolfram Höhne is an artist and filmmaker. He teaches at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar at the Faculty of Media. Since 2008 he produced science films and documentaries and public art projects. He published several articles on art theory and criticism. Together with Markus Schlaffke he produced the films Deep Ilmact (Mocumentary, 2008), The Aggression Gene (Documentary, 2012), Elham (Childrens Movie, 2014) and numerous contributions to the science video channel Studio Bauhaus. He also teaches screenplay at the University of Erfurt and the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Since 2012 he is developing a Master of Science program for filmstudies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Markus Schlaffke

Markus Schlaffke is an artist and filmmaker. He teaches cinematography, editing and artistic strategies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar at the Faculty of Media. Together with Wolfram Höhne he produced numerous documentaries and TV broadcastings. He participated in several art exhibitions in the field of media art. He received awards such as the Focus Award (2003) and the Unicato TV-Award (2009). His films include: Deep Ilmact (Mocumentary, 2008), The Aggression Gene (Documentary, 2012), Elham (Childrens Movie, 2014) and numerous contributions to the science video channel „Studio Bauhaus“.

Volkmar Umlauft 

Volkmar Umlauft is a writer and film director. He studied cultural studies and art history at the Humboldt University Berlin and film directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). Since 2006 he teaches film directing, acting and dramaturgy, amongst others at the dffb, the DEKRA Academy of Media Arts and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. He has been working as a filmmaker since 1991 and participated with his films in several international festivals.

Nick Axel

Nick Axel is currently Managing Editor at Volume Magazine, Researcher at Forensic Architecture and Guest Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. He most recently participated as a resident in the 2014-2015 Winter Residency at DAAR. Previously, Nick graduated with Distinction from the Centre for Research Architecture in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.Arch and minor in philosophy, Nick has worked, published and exhibited in leading international architecture venues.