Dr. Sarah Borree

E-Mail borree@kunst.uni-frankfurt.de

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Telefon (069) 798-28713

Sarah received her PhD in Cultural Studies from the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. She studied architecture at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Virginia Tech, VA, USA and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Her research focuses on modern architectural theory and history, with particular interests in the relation between architecture and modern mass media as well as the socio-professional cultures and knowledge practices within the field of architecture and their implications for architectural production. Sarah has taught architectural theory in the UK and Germany and worked internationally both in- and outside of academia prior to her doctoral studies. Her research has been published in international journals and she was the co-editor of the peer-reviewed graduate journal Edinburgh Architecture Research. Sarah regularly presents her research at international conferences.



  • since 202 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Goethe University Frankfurt, GER
  • 2019  Teaching Fellow in Architectural Theory, Kassel University, GER
    Research Assistant, Social and Cultural History, Kassel University, GER
  • 2013-2019 PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Edinburgh, ESALA, UK
  • Architecture and Photography: Disruptions in the Politics of Architectural Meaning Making 1925-1960
  • 2017 Doctoral Research Fellow, Bauhaus-Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and Planning, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, GER
  • 2013 Research Assistant, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2012  Information and Research Assistant, Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2011 Editorial staff at ARCH+ magazine, GER
  • 2010  Curatorial Intern, German Architecture Center (Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, DAZ), GER
  • 2009  Dipl.-Ing. Architecture, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, GER


Articles and Conference Proceedings

“Negotiating the Status of Architectural Photographs,” Bitácora Arquitectura 41 (2019): 30-37. (http://www.revistas.unam.mx/index.php/bitacora/article/view/70674)

“A Photograph is a Photograph is a Photograph: Images in Der Baumeister 1927 – 1933." Paper presented at: Inter = Photography & Architecture, Pamplona, 2 – 4 November 2016, 34-43. Pamplona: Servicio de Publicaciones Universidad de Navarra. (https://dadun.unav.edu/bitstream/10171/42413/1/A%20Photograph%20is%20a%20Photograph%20is%20a%20Photograph%20Images%20in%20the%20Baumeister%201927-1933.pdf)  

"Contested Rights: Architectural Photographs as Precarious Objects." Paper presented at: Photography & Modern Architecture, Porto, 22 –24 April 2015, 100-111. Porto: Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo. (https://comum.rcaap.pt/bitstream/10400.26/10126/1/2015PMA_Conference%20Proceedings.pdf)

"Ansichtssache: Über die Auswirkung und den Einfluss der Fotografie auf die Architekturrezeption und -gestaltung" (Photographic Sites: On the Influence of Photography on Architectural Design and Perception”), in Nach dem Bauhaus: Geschichte und Fotografien des Neuen Bauen in Erfurt, ed. Iris Engelmann, Verlag der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: Weimar: 2009, 49-64.

Conference Presentations

“The Rise of Photography: Renegotiating Architectural Authorship,” SAH Annual International Conference, Providence, RI, USA, 24-28 April 2019

“Architecture and Photography: Negotiating the Use and Autonomy of Photographs in Modern Architectural Communication in the Early 20th Century,” Postgraduate Colloquium, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Weimar, GER, 21 June 2017

“A Photograph is a Photograph is a Photograph: Images in Der Baumeister 1927-1933,” Inter = Photography and Architecture, International Conference, Pamplona, ES, 2-4 November 2016

 “Contests of Perspective: Disputing the Status of Architectural Photographs,” Dust & Data Dust & Data, XIII. International Bauhaus-Kolloquium, Weimar, GER, 26-29 October 2016

“Contested Rights: Architectural Photographs as Precarious Objects,” Photography & Modern Architecture, International Conference, Porto, PT, 22-24 April 2015

 “Der Ort in der Fotografie: Zum Einfluss von Architekturfotografie auf die Gestaltung von Raum und Wahrnehmung von Architektur” (Photographic Sites: On the Influence of Architectural Photography on the Designing of Space and Perception of Architecture) [in German], Site-Specific Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Workshop, Munich, GER, 8-10 November 2013

Awards & Scholarships

ERASMUS+ Research Fellowship, Bauhaus-Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and Planning, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, GER (2017)

College of Humanities and Social Studies Doctoral Scholarship, University of Edinburgh (2013-2017)

IKEA Foundation, thesis scholarship (2009)

Foundation for the Advancement of Women, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, GER, thesis scholarship (2009)

Research Interests

Cultures of Architectural Production, Modern Architectural History and Theory, Architectural Photography, Architecture and Media, Visual Culture



Professional Affiliations

Architectural Humanities Research Association

Society of Architectural Historians

European Architectural History Network

Bauhaus-Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and Planning (external member)

DFG Research Network Lens On! Photography as a design tool in the invention of modern architecture


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