Mara Siegel was born in Berlin in 1991 and later grew up in Cologne. Early on she became interested in the commitment to design and man-made structures. From 2012 she studied at the International School for Design in Cologne (KiSD), where her work focused on urban spatial phenomenologies. In addition to a thesis on the Disneyfication of society and a comparison of prison architecture and interiors from the US and Germany, she earned a scholarship to study architecture abroad at Philadelphia University in the US. There she finished her Bachelor thesis on the urban structures of parallel societies.
In June 2019 she gratuated from Design Academy Eindhoven in the field of Design Curating & Research. Her final project work dealt with architectural post-war phenomena in Belgrade/Serbia. Mara works as a part time lecturer at the Köln International School of Design and continues on Urban Design strategies and phenomena.
2019: Summer School, teaching collaboration w/ Prof. Lasse Scherffig // Ion Muncu UAUIM, Bucharest / Romania, Victoria, Title: "Utopian Cities, Programmed Societies"
2018-2019: Teaching tutor position at Köln International School of Design, Design Theory / Urban Design Research
// Title: "Life within Walls: Forms of Delimitation": Urban Design study and research
2018: Exhibition @ International Court of Justice / Den Hague
// Title: "Wearing Justice"
Showcase of collaboration w/DAE
2017: Publication of DAE MA Program Booklet „Canary“
// Editorial and graphic conception / writing and organization process
2017: Nomination for „Kölner Design Award“ 2017 & Exhibition of Bachelor Thesis in MAKK
// Design research based Bachelor Thesis „Parallelwelt“ gets nominated for annually awarded Cologne Design Price. Nominees get displayed in MAKK (Museum für angewandte Kunst, Köln)
2015: Exhibition @ Cologne Trade Fair EXPOCASE
// Interactive Installation „Me, Myself & I“ for Identity theme of the exhibition
2019: Master of Arts, Design Academy Eindhoven: Master department Design Curating & Writing
2017: Bachelor of Arts, Köln International School of Design with focus on Design Theory & Research, Urban Design and Editorial/Graphic Design,
2016 - 2017: Philadelphia University: Scholarship at Philadelphia University, architecture department with focus on writing and architectural research
2016: Edx Harvard Online Course Certificate – „The Architectural Imagination“
// 10 Module online course about arch. studies, history and concepts
Languages: German, English, Serbian, French