Flavia Matei

@ Base Habitat

Flavia Matei is a Romanian architect, activist and educator living and working in Austria. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University in Vienna, where she researched on nurturing a culture of agency in informal settlements in Romania, through do-it-yourself practices. Her passion for (regenerative) materials has been reflected over the past years of her academic career in 1:1 material science workshops, lectures, guest critics and design supervision at various universities such as the Technical University in Vienna, the Politechnical University Timisoara, the University of Arts Linz or the University of Applied Arts Vienna. 

Since 2019, Flavia is part of the Studio BASEhabitat at the University of Arts Linz, where she supervises international design projects within the BASEhabitat Master of Architecture and coordinates the Material Science module within the program. In her work and activism, she confronts extraction capitalism, an economic model based on infinite growth and perpetuating inequalities and argues for an environmental and socially just transition (also) within the building sector, as the only solution to global crises.