Fall 2015 Lecture Series: Frank Barkow


Thursday, October 15 | 7:00 PM | 79 New Montgomery Theater

Barkow Leibinger is an American/ German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York and was founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger. Barkow Leibinger’s work is realized over a wide range of scales and building types including building for workplace (industry, office, and master-planning), cultural, housing, event spaces, exhibitions and installations in the public realm internationally.

Important milestones are, amongst others: the Biosphere in Potsdam, Germany; the Customer and Administration Building , the Gate House and the Campus Restaurant in Ditzingen, Germany; and the Trutec Building in Seoul. Recently completed buildings include the Tour Total office high-rise in Berlin and an apartment and hotel complex in passive house standard in Freiburg, Germany. Barkow Leibinger’s discursive research-based approach to architecture and design allows the work to respond to advancing knowledge and technology, locating the practice as an international leader in digital and analogue fabrication techniques. This know-how expands to include new materials and their applications in driving the practice forward as a continuously evolving activity.

This focus revolves around a commitment to academic teaching, research and the practice itself – each are autonomous work-areas, which simultaneously inform each other beneficially. This is an approach that distinguishes  each project as distinct in relationship to client/architect dialogue, location, aesthetics, and purpose. Their work has been shown at the Architecture Biennale Venice 2008 and 2014, at the Marrakech Biennale 2012 and is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, and the Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt. Barkow Leibinger have won three National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture and the prestigious Marcus Prize for Architecture, Milwaukee, recognizing emerging  talent in the field for design excellence and innovation, as well a Global Holcim Innovation Award  for sustainability.  Frank Barkow studied architecture at Montana State University and the Harvard GSD. He has recently taught at the Royal College of Art in London, the EPFL in Lausanne, Harvard GSD,  and University of Wisconsin in conjunction with his firm winning the Marcus Prize for Architecture.

On display at the AAU 79 NM Atelier is work from students of the School of Architecture celebrating the 15th anniversary of the department.