Stefanie Gerke + Adrian Paci

Monday 22 November 2021 – 6.30pm 

Talk 1, Autumn Semester 2021
Only online

Moderated by Silvia Groaz.

20x20x20 presents a format engaging the guest professors at the EPFL School of Architecture — two 20 minute presentations by two guest professors followed by a 20 minute moderated discussions.


Stefanie Gerke is an art historian. In her research and teaching, she focuses on contemporary art and its ability to challenge our perspectives on pressing topics of the day. Her PhD is about the ruin aesthetics of the architecture of the 1960s and 1970s in photography and video art. At EPFL, she gives a lecture on “Art since the 1950s – Trends & topics at documenta”, a recurring international art show that can teach us about the manifold changes of society and its artistic values since its first edition in 1955. 

Adrian Paci studied painting at the Academy of Art of Tirana. Throughout his career he held numerous solo shows in various international institutions such as MAXXI in Rome, Jeu de Paume in Paris and Moma in New York. His works are in numerous public and private collections including Metropolitan Museum in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Adrian Paci teaches painting at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti NABA, Milan and Art and Architecture at EPFL, Lausanne. He has been a teaching art classes at Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti Bergamo, 2002-2006, IUAV, Venice 2003-2015 and has been giving lectures and workshops in many universities, art academies and institutions in different countries.

Silvia Groaz is a postdoc researcher in the history and theory laboratory (LTH3) at EPFL, Switzerland. Her research focuses on the concept of New Brutalism, from its British origin to its manifold international mani-festations. During her doctoral studies, she was visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York. She obtained a Master degree in Architecture History with distinction at the Bartlett School of Archi-tecture (UCL), a Master of Science in Architecture at EPFL and a Bachelor degree at the Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio. She received grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Getty Research Institute and she disseminated her research in international conferences and reviews. Beside her research activity, she is also co-curator for Archizoom.