Stefanie Adisa Theuretzbacher (Mag.Arch, ZT, RIBA) provides innovative, sustainable and design driven building designs and planning expertise for outstanding projects while having a positive impact on the built environment.
Stefanie is a practicing architect who also engages in artistic and academic projects. Since 2015 she is director and lead architect of the architecture firm Studio Elementals in Lagos, Nigeria and works internationally. Recent works have been in Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Liberia and Iraq.
Apart from leading Studio Elementals, she is on the advisory board of Open House Lagos and engages with urban research stakeholders and partners such as the Lagos Urban Design Initiative and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Stefanie speaks at conferences and her work with Studio Elementals and personal Interviews about architecture have been widely published.
Furthermore, she is an EDGE expert and currently involved in issues of sustainability and green building practices and their impact on the built environment.
Stefanie holds a degree in architecture from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where she graduated 2012 under Wolf D. Prix and Hani Rashid. Before shifting her focus to working internationally, she cofounded SeMF in 2012, a collective for art and architecture. As part of the collective, the young interdisciplinary group connected through their innovative and experimental way of working in the fields of spatial, digital and scenographic art, they investigated space in a critical and conceptual way. Their investigations lead to several week-long workshops at Günther Domenigs’ Steinhaus in Carinthia.
From 2012-2015 she worked with the Vienna-based architecture firms Heri&Salli and Wolfgang Tschapeller. With the Applied Foreign Affairs Lab in Vienna (Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna) she was also engaged with urban research projects in Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo, leading to several international exhibitions and publications and books where she was also part of the editorial team (e.g.: [a] Foreign Affairs, Investigating Spatial Phenomena in Rural and Urban Sub-saharan Africa, edited by Baerbel Mueller, University of Applied Arts, Birkhäuser Verlag).
With the Tische- Stipendium for young architects from the federal Austrian ministry she made her way to Nigeria in 2015 where she worked with the internationally renowned firm NLÉ.
Stefanie has also consulted for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation for several years. She was the project architect for the Agricultural Training Center Project in Erbil, Iraq through the University of Applied Arts. The project was built at Harsham Camp for internally displaced persons during the ISIS conflict in Iraq and has been completed in 2019 (Book: Structures of Displacement by Baerbel Mueller and Frida Robles, published by Birkhauser, in Die Angewandte’s book series Edition Angewandte).
She was also involved in further UNIDO projects as independent consultant such as the renovation of a professional vehicle driving school in Ethiopia, a fish market in South Sudan, and a vocational training school project in 5 remote locations in Liberia.
Stefanie has passed the exam to become a registered architect in Austria in 2018 and is also a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
With Studio Elementals she works on innovative, design driven, and detail-oriented projects.
The projects are inspired by locality in terms of culture, climate, history, and building materials. The studio believes in the value of aesthetics for projects of all scales and also believes that architecture responds to and defines contemporary culture. They design with an eye towards longevity and historical relevance.
Studio Elementals Architecture has become known in its field through innovative design approaches and in-depth knowledge of green building planning measures.
Architectural clients include Landmark Africa, Freshforte, Farmforte, Gravitas, Chellarams Plc, Goethe Institute and First Synergi.