EVENT by: EAAE. Published: June 8, 2020.

In memoriam: Susanne Komossa 1956-2020 †

Dear Colleagues,


It is my very sad duty to inform you that our dear colleague and former Council member Susanne Komossa has passed away on May 30, 2020.

We would like to express our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of Susanne Komossa.

Susanne was a wonderful person and a brilliant scholar, a strong voice in architectural education and research and a very dear colleague to all of us at EAAE. She was always at the forefront to keep the communities together and set agendas for the most important issues regarding the future of architecture schools. We will miss her very much.


Kind regards
Oya Atalay Franck
President EAAE



We have lost…

… a very good colleague, a strong voice in architectural education and a brilliant person. (Oya Atalay Franck)

… a wonderful colleague, one of the first people in EAAE who lodged in my mind before I even got to know her. (Sally Stewart)

… a wonderful person and scholar, so kind, intelligent and courageous. (Ilaria Valente)

… a skilled and versatile colleague and an energetic woman. Susanne, we will miss you. (Roberto Cavallo)

… a friend who was honest, straightforward, reliable and full of humour and love. (Hugo Dworzak)

… a dear colleague who was so energetic and full of new projects and ideas and always keen to offer her generous support and valuable insights. (Koenraad van Cleempoel)


We will always remember…

… her candid directness, her welcoming warmth, her professional dedication, and her commitment to the people and projects she believed in. (Harriet Harriss)

…. her generosity, her great strategic thinking, brilliant ability of focusing while keeping the big picture in her mind, ability of sensitive guidance and her – sense of humor and her powerful wisdom. (Tadeja Zupančič)

… her positive energy, her dedication for EAAE and architectural education and research, and particularly her inclination for championing projects that were in need of support. Without any doubt her support – both academic and personal – has been so important for many. (Johan De Walsche)


We will miss her, but cherish strong memories, such as…

…learning from Denise Scott Brown, Jane Jacobs, and ‘mother Susanne’ (Dag Boutsen)…


… Blauer Montag… https://www.zhaw.ch/de/archbau/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungen-a-detailansicht/event-news/blauer-montag-susanne-komossa/




May 30, 2020