research and teaching

The foundations of the extensive research and teaching activities by Muck Petzet was laid 2012 with his work in the German pavilion in Venice: Reduce / Reuse / Recycle. This exhibition, and the adjoining catalogue, not only daringly proposed the 'value of avoidance’ into architecture, but it fundamentally questioned general attitudes of architects and clients as well as the role of architecture in our society. The question of “how to do the right thing with existing architecture and infrastructure?” is deeply connected with general issues of sustainable or unsustainable behaviour.

Muck Petzet started teaching Architecture as Resource at TU Munich in 2012 and since 2014 is an Associate Professor for Sustainable Design at USI Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio. In his teaching and public activities, i.e. lectures, writings, exhibitions and media appearances, Muck Petzet is advocating a 'radical reuse' strategy: the priority of reuse over new built.

His research activities comprise the redefinition of the foundations of sustainable architecture - implementing strategies of avoidance, of sufficiency and behavioural change. He is one of the pioneers in an on-going movement to achieve the recognition of grey (embodied) energy as one of the crucial factors of 'truly sustainable' strategies.

The website originally used for the German pavilion in 2012 (, was reprogrammed in 2016 and launched as an evolving archive of architectural projects with an affirmative attitude towards the existing building stock. The aim is to showcase positive examples and create an open platform for sharing information and inspiring discussion.


Muck Petzet Architekten

Architekt BDA Dipl.-Ing. Muck Petzet
Landwehrstrasse 37
D - 80336 Munich
E-mail: sekretariat(at)

The architect Muck Petzet is member of
the Bayerische Architektenkammer
(Bavarian Architects Association),
Waisenhausstraße 4, 80637 Munich,
membership no. 172838.

The authorisation to use the professional
title "architect" arises from the inclusion
in the architects′ list of the Bavarian Architects
Association. The architect Dipl.-Ing
Muck Petzet is subject to the legislation
and professional regulation of the Bavarian
Architects′ Law (BayArchG). The text of
the BayArchG can be read on the homepage
of the Bavarian Architects Association

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Pop-up-Pavillon for the Bi-City Biennale, Shenzhen 2015/16 collection of RRR projects and information
TUM 2014, RRR Manifesto
AAM/USI 2015, Sustainable Design Lab: students developing a personal certification system
AAM/USI 2016, Introduction to Sustainable Design, sustainability strategies in architecture
Alpenbaukonferenz „Towards Net Zero Energy Buildings“, Garmisch 2016
AAM/USI 2016, International Symposium 'Teaching Sustainability'