Antje Steinmuller is an architectural designer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her research explores the role of designers at the intersection of citizen-led and city-regulated processes in the production of urban space. She is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, and an Associate Director of the Urban Works Agency, CCA’s urban research lab, where she has led collaborations with the San Francisco Planning Department, Raumlabor Berlin, and Basurama Madrid as well as European Universities. Through her studios at CCA, she investigates new typologies of urban commons, new forms of collective living, and the agency of architecture vis-a-vis the current housing crisis.
Antje is also a principal at Studio Urbis, an architecture, urban design and research practice in Berkeley, and co-founder of ideal X, a design consultancy focused on the conditions and opportunities of public spaces in transition. Prior to moving to the US, she worked on a range of architectural projects in offices across Germany, including the Berlin Parliamentary Offices with Braunfels Architekten. She earned her first architecture degree at Technische Universitaet Berlin, and holds an MArch from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a John K. Branner Fellow and received the Henry Adams Medal as well as the Howard Friedman Thesis Prize. Her work with Studio Urbis and the Urban Works Agency has been shown in exhibitions at SPUR, at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale among others, and has been published in Dwell.