Since March 2016 Kim Förster is Associate Director of Research at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, where he directs the Study Centre and coordinates a multidisciplinary research program with funds of the Mellon Foundation.

He holds a PhD from the ETH Zurich. His doctoral thesis focused on a institutional history and critique of the New York Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.

Next to his doctorate in architecture, Kim has a background in English and American studies, geography, and pedagogy, which he studies at the University of Münster, Germany, Humboldt University in Berlin, and University of Toronto. Previously, he gained pedagogical experiences, working as a high school teacher of English and Geography in Berlin.

Most recently, from 2013 to 2015, Kim was postdoctoral lecturer at the gta Institute at ETH, teaching a methods seminar in the doctoral program in History and Theory of Architecture, after having worked as teaching and research assistant with Prof. Laurent Stalder at the Chair for Architectural Theory during his doctorate.

Kim’s approach includes archival research an oral history. In the course of his doctoral project, he received a Collection Research Grant from the CCA and was visiting researcher at Columbia University in 2009 and 2010 with funds from the Swiss National Research Foundation.

In 2015, Kim held a six-months architectural fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in which he studied selected case studies of eco- / solar architecture of the 1980s in southern Germany.

Kim published in various architectural journals and magazines (ARCH+, Archithese, Architectural Histories, Bauwelt, Candide, Clog, Places, Project, Werk, Bauen + Wohnen). From 2002 to 2007, he was one of the co-editors of the Berlin journal An Architektur, working on topical issues.

As member of the New York and Brussels based group common room, he edited the book Arts for Living (2013), with a text on New York programs that are teaching architecture to teenagers. His monograph on the IAUS will be published in English, made possible with a grant from the Graham Foundation.

current position
since March 2016
Associate Director, Research at the CCA, Montréal, CA

current projects
cultural and educational project: member of common room

research and habilitation project: "Debates on Sustainability. A Genealogy (1972-1992)"

publication project: The IAUS, Zurich: gta Publishers, 2017 (in production)

research fellowship
July 2015 to December 2015
fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE
project: "Eco- and Solar Architecture in Baden-Württemberg in the 1980s"

academic research and teaching
December 2011 to June 2015
lecturer in the doctoral program in History and Theory of Architecture and postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich, CH

June 2007 to September 2011
doctoral candidate at the Department of Architecture (D-ARCH), ETH Zurich, CH
dissertation: "The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York (1967-1985). A Cultural Project in the Field of Architecture"

August 2009 to June 2010
research scholar at Columbia University, New York, US

February 2009 to June 2009
researcher at the CCA, Montréal, CA

January 2007 to December 2007
research project: "Transatlantic Dialogue: US-American Theory of Architecture in the 1970s", D-ARCH, ETH Zurich, CH

February 2006 to January 2009
assistant at the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich, CH

professional training
November 2003 to November 2005
trainee teacher for English and Geography in Berlin, DE

studies
September 1999 to April 2000
exchange student at the University of Toronto, CA

October 1997 to December 2002
master studies in English and Geography (secondary-school teacher) at Humboldt University in Berlin, DE

September 1996 to May 1997
teaching assistant in Hull, UK

April 1995 to May 1996
bachelor studies in English and Geography (secondary-school teacher) at the University of Münster, DE

grants
2015
six-months fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE
research project: "Eco- and Solar Architecture in Baden-Württemberg in the 1980s"

2013
production and presentation grant of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts:
publication project: "The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York, 1967–1985: Networks of Cultural Production"

2010
production and presentation grant of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts:
publication project: „Abrons Arts Center: Public Architecture and Architectural Education“

2009
July 2009 to June 2010
fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF): Columbia University, New York, US

February to June 2009
collection research grant of the Department of Architecture (D-ARCH), ETH Zurich and the CCA, Montréal, CA