Bernhard Böhm

Portrait 

Bernhard Böhm studied sociology (BA) and science and technology studies (MA) at the university of Vienna, and finished his master`s degree in 2014, with a thesis on knowledge production in artistic research.

Since September 2015, Bernhard Böhm works at the ETH Zürich, in the interdisciplinary project “Academizing Architecture: Design as Research Practice” that is jointly conducted by ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE, the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) and the Chair of Science Studies. In this project, Bernhard Böhm is working on his PhD-thesis, which focuses on design research and the teaching of design research in architecture.

From 2007 to 2015 Bernhard worked in various positions at the Linz-based media, art, and culture institution Ars Electronica, most recently as content manager and researcher at Ars Electronica’s R&D department – the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Between 2008 and 2010, he was involved in in the initiative transformingfreedome.org, an online archive on digital culture and politics, located at the Museums Quarter Vienna.

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Focus 

Science and Technology Studies (STS), Knowledge and Science Cultures, Artistic Research, Design Research.

Bernhard Böhm is interested in research cultures in art and architecture and their social and political aspects.

Since September 2015, Bernhard Böhm is working on his dissertation, in which he uses approaches of Science and Technology Studies (STS) to examine design research in architecture.

In this dissertation, he analyses how doing design research is understood at different schools of architecture and how this understanding shapes the architecture education.

To get an impression of similarities and differences in the perception of design research and education at the different schools, Bernhard conducts and international comparison of institutions that are related to diverse architectural traditions as well as to different institutional and national contexts.

In several qualitative case studies in the USA, the United Kingdom and Germany, he pursues the following questions: What does design research mean at the different architecture schools? How does design research shape teaching activities at the analysed institutions? How are the understanding and praxis of design research and the teaching of design research related to the national and institutional contexts as well as the architectural tradition of the respective architecture school?

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