umbau is an experiment into wonder
We are a guerrilla studio and radical design school working to re-define architecture and learning. We have been operating studios in Vienna, Austria for twenty-one years, Kraków, Poland for six, and in the U.S. for one. We are discovering ways into transformation and the miraculous.
healing architecture + education
We see a need for improvement in both our living spaces and our systems of education. We believe that spaces are an inherent part of how we experience the world around us and significantly impact our wellbeing — but our current modes of thinking have forced many into living spaces that do not address our ecological impact nor give us the quality of life we desire.
We are at a pivotal moment in history where we have the opportunity to respond and repair, but we require a new mind.
Vienna, Austria / Vienna Studio is a five-week immersion in Viennese culture that allows students to observe, study and be inspired by the very best designers, artists, hatmakers, shoemakers, goldsmiths, violin makers, vintners, singers, and architects in the world.
Kraków, Poland / Studio Kraków is a screen-printing workshop and poster exhibition. During this time, designers, architects, rappers, educators and artists regain creative confidence as they encounter a rich history of using posters to advance the aspirations of society.
Staunton, Virginia, USA / Studio Shenandoah is a design studio and open education program that includes an evolving series of workshops, lectures and discussions and long-term collaborative design projects.
Umbau is to re-define the role of the architect, even the name. We will leave ‘architect’, and instead, breed LANDERS.
Umbau, a guerrilla studio and radical architecture and design school, is experimenting with other ways of doing. We are an unconventional school for unconventional times. Our emphasis is to breed a new way of thinking: one that savors uncertainty, thrives on disruption, and transforms educational systems.
Umbau as a school will operate at different speeds and rhythms, both long and short. We investigate a range of disciplines through the creative process. Umbau survives on collaboration.
puccini meaning a beautiful, a timeless, a sensuous, an emotional architecture.
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William Tate founded umbau in 2001 as an educational non-profit and guerilla studio. Through umbau he has led the studios in Vienna and Kraków. As professor of architectural design at James Madison University, Tate has honed his teaching of studio and history. Moments of transformation have included Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, working with Ricardo Legorreta, meeting Luis Barragán, visiting monasteries, every moment in Vienna and Kraków, and the wonder of family. Umbau is an outlet to spread the contagion for the Good.
Students = Landers
Dr. Monte Oyd Harris
Richmond, Virginia/Krakow, Poland
Clifton, New Jersey
Charleston, South Carolina
Tanner Ashton Leslie
New York, New York
Brooklyn, New York
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