Stefan Gruber is the founder of STUDIOGRUBER and an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His work spans architectural design, urbanism and research with a particular focus on spatial justice and the political as articulated through the negotiation of top-down planning and community-led transformations of cities. Gruber’s research and curatorial projects explore spaces and practices of commoning and the radical imagination of more equitable, resilient and self-determined futures beyond the paradigms of the market or the state.
Gruber co-curated the travelling exhibition An Atlas of Commoning by ifa (the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) in collaboration with ARCH+ and guest edited the accompanying publication. Most recently he presented ‘A dialogue must take place, precisely because we don’t speak the same language’ at the 2020 Tbilisi Architecture Biennale. Together with Anette Baldauf, Gruber initiated Spaces of Commoning an interdisciplinary research project on commoning and artistic research, documented in the eponymous book (Sternberg, 2016). Other book publications include a social fiction The Report (MAK, Museum for Applied Arts Vienna, 2015) in collaboration with Stealth.unlimited; Big! Bad? Modern: (Park Books, 2015); and Vienna: Slow Capital (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2011).
STUDIOGRUBER’s realized projects include Hiding in Plain Sight, a pedal powered pop-up movie theater for Pittsburgh, the Lecture Pods Semper Depot in Vienna, and the Wishing Table, an installation completed with artist Ursula Achternkamp and gardener Klaus Fischedick at the Bauhaus Dessau.
At CMU Gruber launched the Urban Collaboratory Studios that support community-led neighborhood transformations through visioning and tactical interventions, such as Roaming Porches with the Manchester Academic Charter School and the Community Forge Playscape in Wilkinsburg, which earned a 2019 Placemaking Award from the Urban Land Institute and an Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Gruber’s work has further been recognized and supported by the Graham Foundation, the Viennese Science and Technology Fund, the Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Prize and an Akademie Schloss Solitude residency.