Whoever builds is inevitably confronted with a jungle of different positions, all with one thing in common: they are all the views of professionals. As a discipline, architecture occupies a special role: it is a profession itself, and one which relates to numerous other professions and integrates them into its practice of planning and building. GAM.19 interrogates the complex constellations and various semantic meanings of professionalism in architecture. How have the professional foundations of the discipline shifted over time due to economic, ecological, or societal changes, and how do today’s architects engage with them? What is there to be learned from all the hybrid forms in which professional procedures are circumvented by unprofessional processes in order to produce hitherto unknown results? GAM.19 takes on the task of analyzing and re-evaluating architecture’s occupational profile, providing a platform for a diverse range of players to reflect on the concept of professionalism in the context of their architectural practice and to identify its contemporary manifestations.
With contributions by Alexander Bartscher, Ivica Brnić, Peggy Deamer, Günther Domenig, Andri Gerber, Julian Müller, Victoria Steiner, and others