Claudia Westermann is an artist and architect, licensed with the German Chamber of Architects, and Associate Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China. She is also the Programme Director of XJTLU’s BEng(Hons) Architecture. With a basis and postgraduate degrees in both Architecture and Media Art, and a PhD exploring the poetics of Art, Science and Technology - supervised by Prof. Roy Ascott, her research and related art/design portfolio generally actualizes at the intersection of art/architecture, technology research and epistemology. It emphasizes 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 is a passionate teacher. She 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. Before coming to China, she held the position of a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design (Univ.Ass. postdoc) at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria from 2006 to 2010. For her Philosophy of Art and Aesthetcis module, she received the teaching prize for the Most Innovative Teaching Practice from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in 2014, and - also in 2014 - the Excellent Educator Award from Suzhou Industrial Park.