*1977 in Coburg, Germany
Gabi Schillig studied Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences Coburg and completed her postgraduate studies in Conceptual Design (class of Professor Ben van Berkel) at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 2004. She worked for several architectural offices, including Harry Seidler & Associates, Sydney/Australia, Architectural Studio Daniel Libeskind, Berlin, Architekturbüro [lu:p], Coburg and Just.Burgeff Architekten, Frankfurt am Main.
Her work innately fascinates with the space of the human body, cultivating a spectrum of projects that straddle architecture, textile design, performance and conceptual art. From October 2007 to March 2012 she was teaching as scientific/artistic associate at the Institute for Transmedia Design at the Berlin University of Arts - UdK Berlin (Class for Spatial Design) and from October 2011 to March 2012 as Interim Professor for Elementares Gestalten at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam / Faculty of Design.
In April 2012 she was appointed as Professor for Spatial Design / Gestaltungslehre | Räumlich-Plastisches Gestalten at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf at the Faculty of Design | Visual Communication + Applied Art and Design .
Fellowships & Prizes_ In 2000 she was a fellow of the Carl-Duisberg-Gesellschaft Cologne and from 2002 to 2004 a fellow of the Academic and Scientific Program of the Bavarian Ministry of Research, Science and Art. From 2007-2008 she has been a fellow of Akademie Schloß Solitude Stuttgart, selected by Prof. Stan Allen, Princeton. In 2007, Gabi received the Award for Young Emerging Artists by the City of Coburg in the field of visual arts. For 2009 she was selected as a New York Prize Fellow by Van Alen Institute New York to realize her project "Public Receptors: Beneath the Skin". In Summer 2010 she was a resident fellow at the Nordic Artists´ Centre in Dalsåsen, Norway and was awarded the Weissenhof-Architekturförderpreis 4 for Young Architects. In Autumn 2011 she got invited by KHOJ International Artists´ Association New Delhi, India for an Associate Residency.
Besides other own publications, Mediating Space. Soft Geometries – Textile Structures – Body Architecture, a monographic catalog on Gabi Schillig´s recent work has been published by merz & solitude in 2009.
From 2005 to 2007 Gabi was an academic assistant for the Städelschule Architecture Class and worked on her own projects at atelierfrankfurt. She has been a lecturer at the Lebanese American University Beirut, The Bartlett School of Architecture London, University of Applied Arts Vienna and University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg, Coburg, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, TU Braunschweig; she was a guest critic at the Columbia University New York, EPFL Lausanne, TU Darmstadt, Academy of Arts Stuttgart, Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck, and has been teaching as assistant of Maria Blaisse and Caroline Broadhead at the International Summer Academy for Arts in Salzburg.
In 2003, Gabi Schillig authored a theoretical work on the theme of »[w]architecture. war technologies, urban warfare and their connection to the digital production of space« supervised by Prof. Mark Wigley. In her conceptual work she is interested in participative strategies of space in the field of architecture and design, the temporary and ephemeral, and their relationship with body, geometry, material and social space. She challenges the role of limits in space articulation by constituting experimental design strategies, and establishes a four-dimensional concept of space.
Selected Exhibitions_ »Intimate Architectures: Materials at Play«, KHOJ International Artists´ Association New Delhi, India, 2011; »Weissenhof Architekturförderpreis 4«, Weissenhof Galerie Stuttgart, 2010; »Propositions for the Landscape«, Nordic Artists´ Centre Dalsåsen, Norway, 2010; »Public Receptors /Berlin«, Aedes Architecture Forum Berlin (2010); »Public Receptors /London«, Goethe Institut London (2010); »Mediating Space« Galerie Platform Sarai, Frankfurt am Main (2010) »Public Receptors: Beneath the Skin«, Van Alen Institute New York City (2009); »Raum(Zeit)Kleider«, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart (2008); »The Space of Communication - The Theatre of Immanence«, Portikus Frankfurt am Main (2007), with Ben van Berkel & Sanford Kwinter; »Choreographed Geometry«, Gostenhofer Ateliertage Nürnberg (2007); Ausstellung Förderpreis der Stadt Coburg, Kunstverein Coburg (2007); »Parcours II«, KG Freiräume Hallein, Österreich (2007); »atT.alterable.tactile.transitions«, atelierfrankfurt Rundgang, Frankfurt am Main (2006), Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (2003/2004), Festival junger Talente, Offenbach (2003); »Material Vision«, Frankfurt am Main (2003)
Selected Publications_ »Urbane Codes« (2011, with Prof. G.Diel, UdK Verlag, Berlin); »performative geometries - transforming textile techniques« (2010, with A. Agkathidis, BIS Publishers, Amsterdam); »Mediating Space. Soft Geometries – Textile Structures – Body Architecture « (2009, merz&solitude, Stuttgart); »form defining strategies - experimental architectural design« (2007, with A. Agkathidis and M. Hudert, Wasmuth Verlag, Tübingen); »pre-tectonic constructs« (2006, with Johan Bettum, Städelschule and Krings-Ernst, Galerie Köln).