ProfileClaudia Westermann is Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). She is licensed with the German Chamber of Architects.
With a basis and postgraduate degrees in both Architecture and Fine Art (Media Art), and a PhD exploring the relationship of Art, Science and Technology(*), her research and related art/design portfolio actualise at the intersection of art/architecture, technology research and epistemology. The research emphasises 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 has received numerous awards for her teaching, and has been invited to workshops, lectures and reviews 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.
Claudia Westermann co-founded the Urban Ecologies research group, bridging Art, Humanities, and Science. She coordinated the group from 2016 to 2019. Other administrative posts have included the Programme Director of the BEng(Hons) Architecture and the Chair of the Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee with shared membership in the University's Learning and Teaching Committee from 2015 to 2018.
(*) 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.