co-founder of Mann Office
previously Associate at OMA
Stephan Petermann holds a Master’s degree in the History of Architecture and the Theory of Building Preservation from the University of Utrecht (2001-2007) and studied Architecture at the Technical University of Eindhoven (2001-2005).
He worked for architecture magazine VOLUME in 2005 and joined OMA in 2006 assisting OMA’s founder Rem Koolhaas with lectures, texts and research projects. In 2014 Petermann became one of the associates in charge of Koolhaas’ Fundamentals Architecture Biennale in Venice where he coordinated the 65 national pavilions and was one of the principals working on the Elements of Architecture exhibition. He is one of the editors-in-chief of the 2,554 page Elements of Architecture published in the fall of 2018 by Taschen.
He was a VELUX guest professor at the Arkitektskolen in Aarhus, Denmark in 2016-17 creating a new student driven temporary research consultancy about the history and future of the office with Prof. Ruth Baumeister. He is currently a visiting professor at the CAFA Visual Arts Innovation Center in Beijing where he is conducting research into the future of the Chinese Countryside with Rem Koolhaas, CAFA Dean Zhu Pei and Dongmei Yao. He was a guest critic and visiting expert at the AA in London (2020), Domus Academy in Milan (2020), Knowlton School of Architecture in Ohio (2017), Berlage Institute in Delft (2020), and the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (2021). He frequently lectures at various schools and institutes.
He publishes for various media, magazines and blogs including Vrij Nederland, VOLUME, The Guardian, e-flux architecture, de Gids, and Domus. He is a member in different international advisory boards on creative industiries and architecture in Germany and the Netherlands. His work has been recognised by various international media including the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian. He is currently working on various projects related to the future of agriculture, economy, history, planning, and office buildings.