Suche [Emilie Winkelmann Berlin 1914]

  • Searching for Emilie Winkelmann

Schleimer, Sophie; Naujokat, Anke (Thesis advisor); Bernhardt, Anne-Julchen (Thesis advisor); Martin, Felix (Consultant)

Aachen : RWTH Aachen University (2023)
Master Thesis

Masterarbeit, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, 2023


"Emilie's work is significant because she was the first female architect in Germany to study and practice independently. But also because she found in her architecture a form that negated neither the achievements of architectural history nor the demands of her wholly new present." The vacuum in architectural history on Emilie Winkelmann's work leads to a search that focuses on her designs for the first German women's movement. Two extraordinary projects are realized in Berlin in 1914 - The Victoria Study House and the House of the German Lyceum Club. The buildings communicate in different ways the program of their users and thus tell of their empowerment within the urban space. The search is dedicated to the architectural history of a woman whose practice spans between the turn of the century and the Great War, between old and new understandings of the world and architecture. This precarious position is evident in her buildings. In her architecture, Emilie Winkelmann preserves the idea of inner function reflected in outward appearance, but unites it with the demands of the new age and the ambitions of the new building tasks. In this way, a modern expression is created on the basis of an awareness of architectural history. The work juxtaposes past and present. The text develops parallelly, feeding not only on the findings of the search, but also on its process. The buildings of Emilie Winkelmann in 1914 Berlin develop into references for the present city. In the process, much more fundamental questions arise. Contemporary architectural intentions and effects are contrasted, dominant values are recognized and scrutinized, and ultimately an architecture following Winkelmann's example is called for.


  • Chair of History of Architecture [217110]