Erik Wegerhoff
Curriculum vitae

Erik Wegerhoff (b.1974) has been senior assistant at the Chair of the History and Theory of Architecture (Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke) since February 2017. Apart from the car as the strangely mobile counterpart to immobile architecture, which is the focus of his current book project, Erik has an interest in literary travel cultures, from the Grand Tour until today, and in contemporary architectural debates, their terms, and criticism.

He studied architecture at the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin with a year abroad at the Architectural Association in London. He served as a fixed-term lecturer at Habitat Unit, TU Berlin, followed by a three-months Grand Tour along the 18th-century route by Vespa. Doctoral degree at ETH Zurich, supervised by Andreas Tönnesmann, on the reinterpretations und reuses of the Colosseum after antiquity, supported by grants of the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome, and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. 2010–2017, fixed-term lecturer at the Chair of Theory and History of Architecture, Art and Design (Dietrich Erben) at Technical University of Munich. 2012–2013, postdoctoral fellow of the Centre allemand d’histore de l’art in Paris, where he began his (ongoing) research project on the automobile in the architectural discourse of the 20th century, in summer 2019 supported by a research travel fellowship of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.

He has published several (edited) books with the reknowned German publisher Wagenbach. “Das Kolosseum: bewundert, bewohnt, ramponiert” – the rewritten dissertation on the Colosseum – was awarded second place on the best non-fiction books list of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, “Buchjournal”, Norddeutscher Rundfunk and “Börsenblatt des deutschen Buchhandels” in April 2012. Articles in “Kritische Berichte”, ”Future Anterior” and numerous contributions to books. Regular architecture critiques in the “Baumeister”. Most recent publications comprise the co-edited volume “Shifts in Perspective: Architects’ Travels to Italy in Modern and Contemporary Times”, a portrait of the Hotel Palmyra in Baalbek, Lebanon, published in the travel section of “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, and a book chapter on Zünd-Up's Great Vienna Auto-Expander of 1969.