Gabi Schillig (*1977) studied Architecture in Coburg and completed her postgraduate studies in Conceptual Design at the Städelschule Frankfurt am Main (Class of Prof. Ben van Berkel, Prof. Johan Bettum and Prof. Mark Wigley) before founding her studio in Berlin.

In 2012 she was appointed as Professor for Spatial Design (Räumlich-Plastische Gestaltung) at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences / Peter Behrens School of Arts at the Faculty of Design. Before she taught in the Class of Space-Related Systems and Exhibition Design (Klasse Entwerfen Raumbezogener Systeme - Ausstellungsgestaltung) at the Berlin University of the Arts` Institute of Transmedia Design and Advanced Architectural Design at the Städelschule Frankfurt. Since 2005 she is teaching and lecturing in many transdisciplinary contexts, has exhibited internationally and received several fellowships and prizes. Since 2015 she is a member and vice chairwoman of the Institute for Research in Applied Arts (IRAA) at the Peter Behrens School of Arts Düsseldorf.

In her artistic practice and teaching she investigates contemporary and future questions of spatial design such as the relationship between space and body, the evolution of spatial systems, the potentials of materiality and the experimental use of analog and digital design methodologies. Her conceptual approach results in multi-sensorial, dialogical structures and spaces of communication on multiple scales and in different contexts within spaces, cities and landscapes that leads to the emergence of a multi-dimensional spatiality.

Grants, Fellowships, Residencies
Nida Art Colony, Lithuania
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Germany
Largo das Artes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
KHOJ International Artists´ Association New Delhi, India
Nordic Artists´ Centre Dalsåsen, Norway
Van Alen Institute New York, USA
Akademie Schloß Solitude Stuttgart, Germany
HWP Stipendium des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, Germany
Scholarship Carl-Duisberg-Gesellschaft Köln, Germany

Weissenhof Architekturförderpreis, 1st Prize
Förderpreis der Stadt Coburg für Bildende Kunst, 1st Prize
Deubau Prize, Nomination

Current Academic Position
Hochschule Düsseldorf - Peter Behrens School of Arts
Faculty of Design

Past Academic Positions
Universität der Künste Berlin
Fachhochschule Potsdam
Städelschule - Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Frankfurt am Main

Seminars, Workshops, Lectures
Columbia University New York, USA
Lebanese-American University Beirut, Lebanon
The Bartlett School of Architecture London, UK
Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Austria
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Canada
Parsons New School New York, USA
Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden
Konstfack University College of Art, Crafts and Design,
Stockholm, Sweden
University of Liverpool, UK
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
International Summer Academy for Fine Arts Salzburg, Austria
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Coburg
Hochschule Nürnberg
Technische Universität Berlin



In my artistic practice, research and teaching I investigate contemporary and future questions and methodologies of spatial design - mainly themes that straddle questions of relationships between space and body, spatial communication, organization of analog and digital spatial systems, materiality and dialogical structures. The works become physical, multisensorial interfaces between bodies, spaces and landscapes that generate temporary - often irritating - situations between people and their environment. Performative and participatory strategies for spatial production generate a changing, multi-dimensional perception and understanding of space.

Gabi Schillig, 2014





Gabi Schillig