Workspace Design Show Amsterdam

Stephan Petermann

Editor-in-Chief, VOLUME & Founder, MANN Office

Stephan Petermann holds a Master’s degree in the History of Architecture and the Theory of Building Preservation from the Utrecht University (2001-2007) and studied Architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology (2001-2005). From 2006 onwards he was a long-term collaborator of Rem Koolhaas assisting him with research, strategy, editing and curation. He was an associate at OMA’s thinktank AMO from 2010 until 2019. In 2019 he founded MANN with Marieke van den Heuvel.

In the Fall of 2022 with Ruth Baumeister and Marieke van den Heuvel he published Back to the Office with NAI010 Publishers. Back to the Office explores 50 once iconic and revolutionary office buildings and what is left of them after years of use. The research extends our understanding of sustainable building use over time.

Since 2019 he is a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Visual Arts Innovation Center in Beijing. In 2019 he founded MANN, a research and creative design consultancy in Amsterdam working with a variety of private clients and public organizations on strategy, concept and content development in real estate development, food and agriculture, and technology. In February 2020 he presented Chinese Villages: A new Era as part of the Countryside.The Future exhibition by Rem Koolhaas/AMO at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York done as a result of a four-year collaboration with the CAFA Visual Arts Innovation Center in Beijing looking at the future of the Chinese countryside.

Since the Summer of 2021 he is the editor-in-chief of VOLUME, a magazine devoted to architecture, design and anything else that comes in its path. He has published in various magazines including Vrij Nederland, Domus. NRC, and Architectural Design. He is an advisor to various organizations including the Dutch Culture Council and the Internationale Bau Austellung (IBA) in Thüringen, Germany. He is a member of the board of Nethwork and the Sikkens Foundation. He taught at various design schools including Harvard Graduate School for Design, Aarhus School of Architecture, Design Academy Eindhoven and Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. His work has been recognized by The New York Times, Financial Times and Xinhua Press, amongst others.

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