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Florian Bengert (Ludwigshafen am Rhein, 1989) studied architecture at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and graduated with distinction in 2017. His master thesis, which examines the smartphone as the New Architecture Machine of the 21st century, was awarded the Friedrich-Weinbrenner-Prize 2017 for outstanding theses. Over the period of his studies he supported the chair of Architekturkommunikation (Prof. Dr. Riklef Rambow) from 2012 – 2017 as a research assistant as well as Raum + Entwerfen (Prof. Marc Frohn) from 2014 – 2018. Beside some guest studies at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) he gained working experience in several offices including Buchner Bründler Architekten in Basel and bogevischs buero in Munich.

He currently works and lives in Munich and is also a PhD candidate at the KIT Chair for Theory of Architecture (Prof. Dr. Georg Vrachliotis) where his research is dealing with architectural designs in the context of the patent system. In addition, his interest is focused on the cultural logic of the digital era and the resulting role of the architect.

In the summer of 2016 he co-organized the lecture series “LIVE LOVE ARCH – Towards a Methodic Optimism“ at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in which he discussed positions, potentials and strategies for the current production of architecture with Dogma, BeL and Fala Atelier among others. Funded by the scholarship program of the Sto-Foundation and the ARCH+ Förderverein, he was part of the Berlin based ARCH+ editorial team in 2016/2017. In the summer of 2018 he was project assistant for the projekt bauhaus Werkstatt / Datatopia Summer School at Floating University in Berlin.

In 2012 he participated in the exhibition “40,000 hours” at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice. Further projects have been shown at various international venues such as the Future Architecture Platform (Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana 2017), the Haus der Architektur (Graz 2017), MAXXI – the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome 2017) and the Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (Seoul 2017).