Gabor Stark

Gabor Stark is an urbanist, artist and educator. He studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. On graduation from the TU Berlin, Gabor worked on architecture and urban design projects as a free-lance architect in Berlin. He co-founded the Berlin-based practice tx – büro für temporäre architektur in 2000. The practice focuses on temporal and programmatic aspects of urban transformation processes, has successfully participated in international design competitions and conducted research and realisation projects commissioned by the Senate for Urban Development in Berlin, the German Federal Ministry of Traffic, Building and Urban Development and the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning.

From 2000 to 2005 Gabor taught architecture and urban design as a guest lecturer and assistant professor at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee and the TU Berlin. He joined the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury as a senior lecturer in 2007. Gabor initiated and led the MA Urban Design course from 2013-2019 and now convenes the Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA part 2) programme at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In his research and art practice, Gabor explores the liminal space between architecture, art and urban space and has realised public art commissions in Germany, Russia, Cyprus and England. In 2013 Gabor won the first prize in the international design competition ‘Worlds of El Lissitzky’ in Novosibirsk with his portable monument to the Russian architect and artist El Lissitzky and the German art historian Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers. In 2016 he won the commission for a temporary art & architecture installation in Cyprus as part of the Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture programme. In 2017 he completed a permanent WW1 commemorative sculpture project in collaboration with the East Kent Railway Trust in and between Shepherdswell and Eythorne in Kent. Gabor conducted an artist walk for the Chalkup 21 Art & Architecture Coastal Trail in 2018. In the same year, he held an artist residency at Kearsney Abbey as part of the ‘Art in the Park: Kearsney Interpreted’ project. In 2020 he was appointed by The Land Trust to work on the realisation of his proposal for an archaeological shelter and communal gardening area at the West Wing Battery of Fort Burgoyne in Dover.

Varying in terms of their respective contexts, formats, genres and durations, all of Gabor’s projects are rooted in the concepts of site-specificity, collaborative place making and the activation of the civic urban realm. He has published, exhibited and lectured about his work in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Greece, Cyprus and Russia.