Born in Constance (Germany), Jana Revedin is an architect, theorist and writer. She graduated from the Politecnico of Milan and is a doctor of architecture and urban planning at IUAV University in Venice, qualified to direct research. A professor of architecture and urban planning at the École spéciale d’architecture in Paris and the École nationale supérieure d’architecture in Lyon, she is a member of the LAURE research laboratory “Environment, city, society” (CNRS) and the UNESCO delegate to the Education and Research Commission of the UIA.
Between 2005 and 2012 she directed the European student competition for sustainable architecture gau:di, exhibiting the winning projects at the Venice Biennales in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In 2006 she created the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, giving birth to a global collective (65 worldwide laureates from 2007 to 2019) of scientific and professional exchange and experimentation.

Her theory of “radicant design” proposes the collective transformation of the contemporary city on the basis of an “open-work” morphology of participative experimental processes. The author of reference works on sustainable architecture and cities and their ethical and sociopolitical rootedness, starting with the German reform movement of the Bauhaus, she won the AESOP Prize for Teaching Excellence (2013) and the global prize of the Urban Revitalization of Mass Housing competition of UN Habitat (2014). Appointed a Chevalier des Arts et lettres in 2014 she has also been honoured by the French Academy of Architecture with the Medal for the Direction of Doctoral Thesis of Excellence (2016) and Prospective Medal (2017).

Her best-selling biographical essay “Jeder hier nennt mich Frau Bauhaus” (2018) on the emancipatory influence on the Bauhaus movement of the journalist and writer Ise Frank, Gropius’ second wife, was nominated for the Grimme Prize and the Leipzig Bookfair Award 2019.
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