Background Born in the heart of post-industrialised Germany, I grew up in a fast changing environment of former coal mining and steel production. My education had a strong focus on visual and performing art, which lead me to develop a deep sense of curiosity for my surroundings. A history of family migration to Australia further stimulated my ongoing interest for change and our connection to place and memory, questioning the real and imaginary. Understanding the built environment as a natural instrument for social and cultural investigation and an instigator for change, my work explores everyday environments, landscapes and circumstances transformed by human intervention, often concerned with questions of place and identity, memory and belonging. Work 2014 - Common Realities, combination of works investigating realities in the perception and communication of architecture and the built environment. 2013 – Familiar Disappearance, ongoing body of work investigating the loss of personal connection to place and change/loss of memory, Germany. 2012 – El mas feliz, portraits of Salvadorian people, El Salvador, Central America. 2012 – Black Sands, a personal view on the much undervalued country of El Salvador, Central America. 2011 – Slow mornings, a homage to a temporary place of shelter, Melbourne, Australia. 2009 - Austraphobia, ongoing body of work examining Australian values through questions of place and identities, Australia. 2008/09 – Monsters, a project dealing with the drastic recline of native Australian bushland, Queensland, Australia. 2007/08 – Schlussverkauf, photographic essay investigating the effects of a centralised mega-shopping mall on small-scale urban retail fabric, Essen, Germany. 2007/08 – Urban Nomads no.1.08, editorial work in image and text, Bochum, Germany. Awards and Nomination 2014 - Australia Council for the Arts - Market Development Grant, Melbourne, Australia 2013 - Sydney Myer Creative Fellowship - nominee, nominated by Prof. Philip James Goad, The University of Melbourne 2008 - Development grant, University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany 2007 - Development grant, University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany Solo Exhibition 2015 - Market Square at TAUT Space, Melbourne, Australia Group Exhibition 2014 - Common Realities as part of the exhibition Time Space Exsistence at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy 2010 – Monsters as a part of GreenVoice, Maison des association, in accordance with ICV, Geneva, Switzerland. 2007/2008 - Urban Nomads, University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany. Permanent Collection 2015 - Common Realities, part of the private collection at the Lyon Housemuseum, Melbourne, Australia Publication 2012 - 2016 - Various, ongoing publication of architecture projects in various online and print media - Archdaily, Dezeen, Architecture Australia, Artichoke, C3, uncube. 2014 – Untitled, BaunetzWoche#377, Baunetz, Germany. Selected images of ongoing body of work Austraphobia. 2013 – Untitled, Freerange vol.6, Freerange Press, NZ. Selected images of ongoing body of work Austraphobia. 2008/2009 - Urban Nomads no1.08, magazine for urban culture. Education 2007 – 2008 Master in architecture (highest honours) at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, North-Rhein Westfalia, Germany, focusing on the contribution of photography as a form visual communication to the exploration and understanding of socio-cultural circumstances to a broad audience. 2001 – 2007 Diploma (high distinction) in architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, North-Rhein Westfalia, Germany. 1986 – 1999 Rudolf-Steiner School Bochum Langendreer. All content and images © Nils Koenning 2009-2016. All rights reserved.