Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29
info@barkowleibinger.com

Approach

In 1993, Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger founded their American-German practice which has grown into a team of 70+ architects, model builders and support staff. Active internationally, the roots of the firm go back to building for industry, companies whose technologies drove an interest in evolving technologies and craft. 

 

The interface between practice, research and teaching characterizes the practice approach. A focus on materiality and how they are transformed by digital and analogue tools and technologies, underscores much of the experimentation in the practice. This research then informs the design and construction of building elements for ongoing projects. A particular focus has been on prefabrication, in concrete (gradient or lightweight), timber, and ceramic elements.

 

The spectrum of Barkow Leibinger’s work is multi-scaled: from master planning, urban high-rises, office and industrial buildings to residential, installation and prototypical exhibition pavilions. They are currently building the Estrel Tower, a 522 room hotel which will be the tallest building in Berlin. A live/ work complex is also under construction in the Kurfürstenstraße, Berin. Other milestones are “Tour Total” in Berlin and the Trutec Building in Seoul, Korea, as well as, the Fellows Pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin, the Serpentine Summer House in London, the Trumpf Smart Factory in Chicago and the Harvard ArtLab in Cambridge. Most recently completed is the office building B:HUB in Berlin, the Sid Richardson and Haszen Residential Colleges at Rice University in Houston and the Smart Factory for TRUMPF in Gödöllö, Hungary.

 

The work of the firm has been featured in several exhibitions, with a retrospective at the Haus am Waldsee, Berlin 2020, including (among others) at the Architectural Association in London, the 2008 and 2014 Venice Architecture Biennials, the 2012 Marrakech Biennial, the 2017 and 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennials.

In 2007, Barkow Leibinger’s work was awarded the Marcus Prize for Architecture. They have received the DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany in 2009 and several Honor Awards for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. The “Smart Material House” in Hamburg received the Holcim Global Innovation Prize in 2012. 

Partners

2023

Visiting Professor, Montana State University, School of Architecture, Bozeman, USA

2021

Gensler Visiting Critic, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, USA

2016-2019

Visiting Professor, Princeton University, School of Architecture, Princeton, USA

2015, 2008,

2004, 2000

Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA

2013

Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom

2010

Visiting Professor, EPFL École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

2008

Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, School of Architecture & Urban Planning, USA

2005-2006

Visiting Professor, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany

2004

Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

2003

The Arthur Gensler Visiting Professor of Architecture, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, USA

1995-1998

Unit Master at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, United Kingdom

1993

Founding of Barkow Leibinger in Berlin together with Regine Leibinger

1990

Visiting Critic, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA and Rome, Italy

1990

Master of Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA

1982

Bachelor of Architecture, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA

1957

Born in Kansas City, USA

2023

Design Critic in Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA

2022

Foundation of the non-profit organization "Experimental"

2022

John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA

Since 2022

Member of the Munich Urban Design Commission, Germany

2021

Gensler Visiting Critic, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Ithaca, USA

Since 2021

Member of the working group „Future of Work after Corona“, at the Leopoldina - National Academy of Sciences, Halle, Germany

Since 2020

Member of the Dean’s Leadership Council of the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA

Since 2020

AIA Honorary Fellow 2020, Washington/DC, USA

Since 2019

Member of the Board of Trustees of the IBA’27 StadtRegion Stuttgart, Germany

2016-2019

Visiting Professor, Princeton University, School of Architecture, Princeton, USA

Since 2016

Member of the Architecture Section at the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Germany

2010-2023

Member of the “Visiting Committee”, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, Cambridge, USA

2006-2018

Professor for Building Construction and Design, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

2000, 2004

Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA

1999–2000

Visiting Professor, Hamburg University of Fine Arts, Germany

1997–1998

Unit Master at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, United Kingdom

1993–1997

Assistant Professor, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

1991

Master of Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA

1993

Founding of Barkow Leibinger in Berlin together with Frank Barkow

1989

Diploma, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

1963

Born in Stuttgart, Germany

Principals

Since 2023

Professor at the Institute for Industrial Building and Design - IEK University of Stuttgart, Faculty 1 Architecture and Urban Planning

Since 2020

Principal

2005-2020

Senior Associate

Since 1999

Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Germany

1998

Diploma Technische Universität Berlin, Germany; Erwin-Stephan Scholarship, Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany; Gibbins, Bultmann & Partner, Hamburg, Germany

1997

Hascher and Jehle Architects and Engineers, Berlin, Germany

1995

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

1994

Lehrecke und Lehrecke Architekten, Berlin, Germany

1971

Born in Paderborn, Germany

Since 2020

Principal

2008-2020

Associate

Since 1999

Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Germany

2002

Registration Boards of Architect, Berlin (No. D10846)

1998

Diploma, Universität Kaiserslautern

1969

Born in Waiblingen, Germany

Since 2020

Principal

2008-2020

Associate

Since 2003

Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Germany

2002

Registration Boards of Architect, Berlin (Nr. 10616), Germany

1999-2003

Augustin and Frank, Berlin

1998

Scholarship Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft

1998

Diploma, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

1995

With A3-Architekten, Berlin, Germany

1989

Pre-medical, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1968

Born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Since 2020

Principal

2011-2020

Associate

Since 2002

Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Germany

2001-2002

freelance architect | Joeken Reintjes Architekten, Berlin, Germany

1996-2001

Axel Schultes Architekten, Berlin, Germany

1994-1996

Eckert, Negwer, Sommer, Suselbeek, Berlin, Germany

1993

Diploma, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

1962

Born in Dorsten, Germany

Since 2020

Principal

2013-2020

Associate

Since 2003

Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Germany

2001-2003

Architekten Schweger Partner Berlin, Germany

2000

Diploma, BTU Cottbus, Germany

1970

Born in Karlsruhe, Germany

Since 2020

Principal

2017-2020

Associate

Since 2014

Barkow Leibinger, Berlin (Commercial Management)

2009-2014

PSPC, Berlin

2005-2009

Hochtief, Essen

2003-2005

PSPC, Berlin

2003

Diploma Civil Engineering and Management, Technische Universität Berlin

1999-2002

TishmanSpeyer, Berlin

1976

Born in Hannover

Jan Blifernez (Project Architect) 

Nicolai Jasper (Project Architect)

Carolin Lehnerer (Project Architect)
Ina Reinecke (Project Architect)

Konrad Scholz (Project Architect)

Volker Steinbrenner (Project Architect)

Tim Unnebrink (Project Architect)

Bogdan Strugar (Team Leader Competitions)

Sebastian Awick (Team Leader)

 

Ulrich Fuchs (Team Leader Facade Planning)

Gerrit Vetter (Team Leader Facade Planning)

 

Annette Wagner (Team Leader Interior Design)

Team

Nick Boer, Simon Büscher, Jan Conradi, Sutong Dong, Felix Fassbinder, Tim Gärtner, Olena Grankina, Sven Hecht, Andrea Huse, Nadja Jeske, Johanna Karges, Tobias Kassens, Momo Knahl, Lena Krämer, Zuzanna Makaruk, Armine Maksudyan, Lukas Martinsons, Maria Matsouki, Iris Mozer, Alessandra Ortelli, Beatriz Pérez Pérez de Iriarte, Carolin Richter, Adin Rimland, Francesca Robustelli, Stefan Sauter, Mengchan Shen, Chloe Tsui, Patrick Weber

Shop Manager: Andreas Moling

Reidar Mester

Interns

Arrow

Clemens Trautwein

Assistant | Secretariat

Stella Czybulka-Bouchette, Antje Großmann, Heike Michel, Henriette Olbrisch

 

Personnel Management | HR

Daisy von Gruben

Head of Communication: Tim Berge, Evgenija Mitin

Nicole Nuñez

External Consultant: Katrin Voermanek