Markus Miessen (born in Bonn, 1978) is an architect and writer. In various collaborations, Miessen has published The Nightmare of Participation (2010), Institution Building: Artists, Curators, Architects in the Struggle for Institutional Space (2009), The Violence of Participation (2007), and Did Someone Say Participate? (2006). His work has been exhibited at the Lyon, Venice, Performa (NY), Manifesta (Murcia), Gwangju, and Shenzhen Biennials. In 2008, he founded the Winter School Middle East in Dubai and Kuwait, and is currently a professor for Critical Spatial Practice at the Städelschule, Frankfurt.