School of Architecture College of Design

Gunter Dittmar, Associate Professor

Gunter Dittmar

Associate Professor Emeritus


Telephone: (612) 624 - 6303

Office: 151H Rapson Hall

Gunter Dittmar


M.Arch, 1967, Yale University

Dipl.Ing.Arch, Technical University, Munich, Germany

Studies in Philosophy, 1976/77, L.M.University, Munich


Born in Austria, educated in Germany and the US, Gunter Dittmar has practiced in Germany and, before coming to Minnesota, taught in Texas and California. He has also taught on the East Coast and been a visiting critic at Columbia University, Yale, MIT and Berkeley.

Past Teaching Areas


Most recent scholarly work focuses on issues of Architectural Theory & Philosophy, and Design Theory & Methodology with a particular emphasis on a phenomenological approach to architecture.


Essay, "Architecture as Building and Dwelling / Design as Ontological Act", published in Bauen und Wohnen / Building and Dwelling, Eduard Führ, Hg./ed.(Waxmann; Münster, New York, München, Berlin, 2000) Article, "Upon the Earth, Beneath the Sky / The Architecture of Being, Dwelling & Building", published in electronic Journal: Current Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, published by the Foundation for Applied Phenomenology & Life-World Studies, Denton, University of North Texas, 2000. Essay, "Architecture as Building and Dwelling / Design as Ontological Act", published in international, electronic journal of Architectural Theory, Wolkenkuckucksheim / Cloud Cuckoo Land, Brandenburg Technical University, Germany, 1998]

Paper, "Hans Scharoun and Frank Gehry, Two 'Iconoclasts' Seeking Form for the Modern Institution", published in the Proceedings of the 1997 ACSA International Conference, Berlin: Building as Political Act.

Paper, "Architecture and the Dilemma of Aesthetics / Towards an Alternate Definition and Approach to Architecture", published in the Proceedings of the 1995 ACSA International Conference, Lisbon: Defining The Urban Condition.

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