Matthias Ballestrem is an architect living and working in Berlin. Since his Fulbright scholarship at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles in 1999 he has been investigating the interrelationship of architectural space and the human nervous system. He finished his degree at the Institute of Technology of Berlin and worked for several architecture offices in Germany including Barkow Leibinger Architects. During his time there he was leading the competition team and was part of the design team for the TRUTEC Building. Matthias has established a small architectural practice in 2006. At the same time, he started to teach as assistant professor at the Department of Architecture of the Institute of Technology in Berlin. Matthias has served as a guest design critic at various institutions including the GSD Harvard. Student work of his design studio has recently been exhibited in the Pavilion show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt and the 2009 International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam. Matthias is currently working on his PhD on the ambiguity of spaces.
According to Benjamin, of the two possible ways to appropriate architecture, the appropriation through use and habit prevails over visual contemplation . . . while contemporary cognitive research increasingly seems to imply that although a large part of our interaction with the environment may be going on unconsciously, it will still affect our behaviour.Submission, Text