Life and work of the German-Dutch architect Lotte Stam-Beese

PhD Candidate: Hanneke Oosterhof
Supervisors: prof.dr. B.J.F. (Bernard) Colenbrander, Mieke Aerts (University of Amsterdam)
Chair: AHT
Project period: May 2014-December 2017

The PhD research focuses on a study of the life and work of the German-Dutch architect Lotte Stam-Beese (Reisicht 1903- Krimpen aan den IJssel 1988). The research should lead to an interdiscipinairy biography: architecture, history and gender.

Lotte Stam-Beese was known as anurban-planning architect employed by the municipality of post-war Rotterdam where she designed in a Functionalist style among others the housing districts Kleinpolder, Pendrecht and Ommoord. She was born in Silesia, studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau and worked in the early thirties at architectural firms in Berlin and Brno in Czechoslovakia. After that she went to the Soviet Union and worked on the development of the sotsgorods.

Her meeting with the Dutch architect and designer Mart Stam in the Soviet Union led to marriage and the set up of a joint office in Amsterdam in 1935. The couple’s marriage broke down and Lotte Stam-Beese started her study in higher architectural teaching in Amsterdam where she graduated. In 1946 she started her career in Rotterdam.

In my research I not just analyze the evolution of her work by writing it to style and urban developments. I also research the vision she had on architecture and urban design and how she brought it out in articles and lectures. position her and her work within the architectural field and show in what ways and with what strategies she stand her ground as a woman in a man's world.