ALEXANDER RIECK // LAVA
German architect and scientist. He contributes futuristic scenarios with innovative ideas to buildable projects. He has experience in leading multidisciplinary teams with the use of latest technology.
Alexander Rieck worked for Wenzel + Wenzel in Germany and was involved in the design of the ICE train station in Frankfurt Airport. He also joined the design team of KTP for the Volksbank Pforzheim. In 1998 Alexander Rieck was asked to bring his creativity and expe-rience of Virtual Reality environments in the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart. In his career as a scientist in one of the world’s leading research organisations, Alexander Rieck expanded the common knowledge in the fields of Virtual Reality.
KIM BORIS LÖFFLER // BOLLINGER & GROHMANN
In September 2012 he joined Bollinger + Grohmann. Since he is the contact person of the performative Building Group, responsible for different projects with different emphasises ranging from complex geometries,parametric optimisation over façade design. From 2009 until 2012, Mr Löffler was emplyed with Werner Sobek Stuttgart as architect with corresponding emphasis. There, he gained experience in design over optimisation to workshop planning of complex mostly steel-glass-structures. From 2008 to 2009, he worked on the East European market for Werner Sobek in Moscow, Russia.
He holds a diploma degree (FH) of the Fachhochschule Erfurt in architecture. From 2000 – 2002, he made an apprenticeship as “staatlich ge-prüfter Bauchtechniker”
JIA-REY CHANG // HYPERBODY
Jia-Rey Chang (Gary) was born in Taiwan. After getting his M.Arch degree in Architecture and Urban Design Department, UCLA, under the direction of Neil Denari in 2009, he came back to the TamKang University in Taiwan where he began doing research on interactive and parametric architecture. In 2010, he established “P&A LAB” (Programming AND Architecture LAB) where he explores the new relationship between programming and architecture.
In 2011, He joined the Hyperbody LAB to further develop his preliminary study on “HyperCell”, which is a bio-inspired architectural component with intelligence, kinetic energy, self-assemble and self-adaptive capacities based on evolutionary developments of biology and swarm behavior principles. Cooperating with choreographers, visual artists and programmer, he is now currently involved in a 5-year EU project, MetaBody. They explore the pro-activeness and inter-action relationship between body movement and spatial quality. Furthermore, he is interested on the topics of creative coding, visualization, 2D/3D simulation, interactive design and motion tracking technology.
PAUL CLEMENS BART // BART&BRATKE / ZAHA HADID
German architect and designer. He studied at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, École Spéciale d‘Architecture Paris and received his diploma degree in architecture at Technical University of Munich in 2011. In 2015 he graduated from Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab in London. He collected a wide choice of experience in multifaceted disciplines, working at LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) Sydney and as a fellow at the German Institute of Science and Technology, Singapore. In 2014 Paul co-founded the research design collaborative BART//BRATKE, following ten years of collaborative work, both with academic and professional background.
Additionally, Paul is currently collaborating with Zaha Hadid Architects. Paul has been a research assistant at the chair of Industrial Design & the chair of Mechanical Engineering during his studies at TU Munich, and attended visiting programs at Central Saint Martins London & the Musee des Arts Decoratifs Paris and BMW workshops in Munich. His work is commited to emerging technologies, digital methodologies and their application across scales – from urban visions to ecologocial mobile systems – and has been internationally published and exhibited, e.g. at the 13th Architectural Biennale in Venice and the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.
MARVIN BRATKE // BART&BRATKE / GRAFT
German architect and designer, currently based in Berlin. He received his architecture diploma as top of the semester at the Technical University of Munich in 2011. His research and designs are focus on emergent technologies and the application of digital methodologies in performance-oriented, mobile and ecological building systems in both, architecture and industrial design. He is currently collaborating as Design Lead in GRAFT architects. After ten years of collaboration in academic, research and professional projects he co-founded BART//BRATKE in 2014.
His work focuses on cultural, transportation and office projects of various scales, as well as advanced facade design, digital fabrication techniques and developing in-house parametric digital tools that assist in generative design . His creations and ideas are greatly influenced by cultural, biological and technological environment with social aspects of 21st century context. His award winning work has been widely published and exhibited. Before his collaboration at GRAFT, he worked as Design Architect at LAVA, as Senior Designer at MLAUS (Mediterranean Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Strategies) and as Urban Researcher/Transportation Designer at GIST (German Institute for Science and Technology). He also does freelance work at KERE Architecture.
JULIAN LIENHARD // str.ucture
Managing Director at str.ucture GmbH Stuttgart, Germany. He received his Diploma in Civil Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in 2007. In April 2014 he completed his doctorate summa cum laude for his dissertation on ‘bending-active structures’ at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), supervised by Prof. Jan Knippers. At the ITKE he played an active part in the academic environment between 2007 and 2013, engaging in research and teaching, where he was leading the German ministry funded research project ‘Pliable Surface Structures on the basis of biomietic principles. Along with a number of different design studios, he is teaching the ‘Principles of Membrane Structures’ course at the University of Stuttgart. Since 2011 he has been a visiting lecturer for the Masters of Engineering Program at the Technical University of Vienna.
In 2008, Julian founded the engineering and design practice studioLD now str.ucture GmbH. Previously, he worked as a Structural Engineer at SL-Rasch in Stuttgart, focusing on the structural design and form-finding of large membrane structures, such as the convertible umbrellas of the Madinah Piazza Shading Project.