Dr. Tanja Poppelreuter

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture

Biography

I am a lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the School of the Built Environment at Salford University. After being awarded my PhD in Art History from Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany I worked at the Department of Art History and at the School of Architecture at Auckland University, New Zealand as a contract lecturer. In 2011 I took a post at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland where I taught in the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes and supervised a number of PhD projects. 

Areas of research

Architectural History and Theory, Spatial Configurations, Exile Studies, Gender Studies, Modernism

Teaching

My teaching employs a diverse range of methods from lecture-based learning to a variety of workshops, seminars and other activities that are all goal-oriented and aimed at equipping students with the skills to enhance their critical reading, writing and thinking. An example is the book Glamour and Gloom. 1930s Architecture in Belfast that I edited and that was published by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) in November 2017. The book is the result of my teaching history and theory modules and supervising dissertations and it consists of case studies and essays written by architecture students. This project was developed to support young researchers, to increase awareness of modern buildings within the general public, and to add to the knowledge and understanding of the complexities of heritage and preservation in the growing and changing city of Belfast.

Research Interests

Most of my recent publications discuss exiled architects between 1933 and the early 1950s. My paper ‘Changing Places. New Zealand Houses by Winkler & Eisenhofer 1958 to 1969,’ for example, has shown how the emigrant architects Erwin Winkler and Fritz Eisenhofer navigated the architectural climate of the 1950s and 1960s in New Zealand. At that time New Zealand architects aimed to develop a national architectural idiom that was distinct for their place, climate and culture. As emigrants Winkler and Eisenhofer built modern houses that were not aligned with such ambitions but instead were inspired by Scandinavian and American precedents. The paper ‘Raumplan after Loos’ discusses the European Work of Heinrich Kulka, who immigrated to New Zealand in 1938. It discusses the ways in which Kulka interpreted and developed Adolf Loos’ Raumplan principles. The paper ‘Before 1939. Émigré architects to New Zealand 1933 to 1939,’ retraces the backgrounds and work experiences of a number of architects prior to them immigrating to New Zealand.

Since winning the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize in 2016 I have been working on a book project on German-speaking women architects who fled the Nazi Regime to the USA prior to 1940. The Milka Bliznakov Research Prize is organised by the International Archives of Women in Architecture. The primary material of refugee women that is held at their archives is going to be the core of this project.

Since my doctoral thesis Das Neue Bauen für den Neuen Menschen I am furthermore investigating how early 20th-century architects sought to develop architectural spaces based on theoretical ideas of the dweller. My papers ‘Sensations of Space and modern Architecture’ and ‘Spaces of elevated personal life’ offer insights as to how architects utilised theories that had been developed in subject areas such as medicine, philosophy or biology to create architectural spaces.

I am also very interested in architectural heritage and while I worked in Belfast, I was a member of the Historic Building Council, and DoCoMoMo Ireland.

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications 

  • PhD in Art History

Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik)
  • DoCoMoMo Ireland (http://www.docomomo.ie)
  • Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung (http://fluechtlingsforschung.net)