ALA architects, Helsinki
Architect SAFA Juho Grönholm is a co-founder and partner at ALA Architects. Established in 2005, the Helsinki office specializes on cultural buildings, unique renovations and traffic infrastructure. Juho holds a master’s degree in architecture from the technical university of Helsinki and has over 20 years of experience in creating grand, public buildings in Finland and abroad. He is a well-experienced team leader as well as a visionary artist, who supports a diverse, impressive architecture independent from given styles.
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Kopenhagen, London, Barcelona, New York
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA, is a partner at BIG and contributes his architectural knowledge all around the globe, such as through works in North Amerika, Europe, Asia and the Near East. Kai-Uwe is responsible for the office’s international development, whereby BIG now is active in 35 different countries. Furthermore, he oversees BIG’s urban planning projects and supports BIG’s landscape projects. He is registered as an architect in the US (13 states) and Canada.
Lately, he has been contributing to the resilience plan BIG U for protecting 10 miles of Manhattans coast line. This Plan was developed within the Rebuild by Design competition, in order to find proactive solutions after hurricane Sandy. Building started in 2021. Further Projects are the Brooklyn Queens Park, the Smithsonian Master Plan, the Pittsburgh Master Plan, the Miami Beach Square and the Zira Island Master Plan. Additionally, he used to teach at the University of Pennsylvania, the IE University in Madrid and the University of Virginia. In the past, Kai-Uwe was part of the board of the Van Alen Institute, he participates in numerous international juries and gives talks about BIG’s work all over the world.
Pirmin Jung Deutschland GmbH, Remagen / Augsburg
After finishing his education as a carpenter, Tobias Götz went on the traditional carpenter’s journey (journeyman). Following that he studied civil engineering, specializing in timber construction. As an executive shareholder of the PIRIM JUNG Deutschland GmbH he is a leading figure in forming timber construction in Germany and he is now occupying over 25 employees in Remagen and Augsburg. Since 2015 he has been teaching timber engineering at the TU Kaiserslautern.
dreisterne plus GmbH, Munich
Andreas Müsseler was born in 1974 in Gräfelfing near Munich. He was working as an architect and site manager from 2001-2007 and took over the office management in 2007. Since 2013 he has been an executive shareholder at ***+ (dreisterne plus) accompanied by Florian Hartmann, Oliver Noak and Lisa Yamaguchi (previously Meili, Peter Architekten München). From 2015 to 2019 he collaborated with the chair of Architectural Design, Rebuilding and Conservation at the TU Munich. Andreas Müsseler is a member of the BDA (association of German architects), researches and teaches revitalisation of the large-scale housing construction of the postwar years and is a guest professor at the OTH Regensburg.
einszueins architektur, Vienna
Markus Zilker is co-founder and share holder at einszueins architektur.
He studied architecture at the TU Wien and the ETSA Sevilla. From 2006 to 2015 he taught conceptual design for aspiring builders at Nimmerrichter courses and completed his builder’s exam in 2009 as well as his exam in civil engineering in 2016. Additional to his experience of 12 years in planning and executing housing projects of various benchmarks, he holds further education in the field of mediation and group-development. Markus Zilker is a co-founder of the “Intiative für gemeinschaftliches Bauen und Wohnen” (“initiative for communal building and housing”) as well as the project “Wohnprojekt Wien” (“housing project Vienna”), which, among others, was rewarded the state award for architecture and sustainability in 2014.
Markus Zilker is also distinguished by his years of experience in handling group processes from process design and communication to hosting workshops. As an expert for construction groups and participation in planning processes, he shows a wide range of lecturing activities at symbioses, workshops and conferences both national and international.
Franz & Sue, Vienna
Christian Ambos is one of the five co-founders of Franz&Sue.
Both Vienna based architectural offices Franz and Sue merged in 2017, today they have a team of over 90 employees from 18 different nations. Focal points are clear, reduced and high-quality architecture as well as a dialog on eye level. A monthly recurring event initiated by Franz&Sue is the legendary Vienna Fight Club, where contributors of the architectural field can discuss projects that are currently in development. Mayor parts of their projects emerge from competitions. Within the recent years they have won 40 competitions in the areas of educational, housing and office construction. At the moment they are creating a design for the Vienna underground line U5 and have taken over the planning and designing of the new evangelical campus at the evangelical church of Bavaria in Nuremberg.
Amongst others, they have been awarded the Bauherrenpreis, the Austrian state award and the Fiabci World Prix D’Excellence.
Christian Ambos studied architecture at the TU Delft and the McGill University in Montreal and taught at the VUT Brno in 2017.
Nora Sophie Griefahn
Nora Sophie Griefahn is executive director and co-founder of the non-profit Cradle to Cradle e.V.. She studied environmental science and technical environmental protection at the Leuphana University Lüneberg, Goethe University Frankfurt, University for soil culture Vienna, University of Kopenhagen and TU Berlin. Further sojourns abroad led her to the US and France. She received a number of awards and scholarships for her studies and engagement, such as the scholarship of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation as well as an award for exceptional voluntary engagement. Furthermore, she is the only German member of the GreenBiz’ 30 Under 30, the internationally aspiring leaders, who will design the next generation of sustainable management.
Inspired by the idea to bring the concept of cradle to cradle to the midst of society Nora Sophie Griefahn cofounded the C2C e.V. and has been running it as a co-manager ever since. Thereby she is coordinating its political, economic and organisational matters and promotes the knowledge of cradle to cradle and rethinking in science, economy, politics, education and society. As a speaker and in numerous papers, interviews and articles she takes a stand on the current questions concerning cradle to cradle. She is a part of scientific advisory boards, juries as well as participating in European and international networking. Furthermore, she teaches at a number of universities and offers seminars in different institutions for adult education.
Dressler Mayerhofer Rössler Architekten und Stadtplaner GmbH, Munich
Born in 1967 in Mühldorf am Inn the Dipl.-Ing. Ulf Rössler grew up in a wooden, multiple-storey youth guest-house. After finishing his architecture degree at the TU Munich, he was able to execute his first project of an entrance hall in a wood-steel construction. Until 2007 he worked for (amongst others) Kaup Scholz Jesse und Partner as well as Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten.
In order to build a passive-house for a joint building venture he collaborated with the architects Dressler Mayerhofer, which led to a partnership and later to a joint architectural office Dressler Mayerhofer Rössler Architekten und Stadtplaner GmbH. Focal points are affordable and supported housing, communal building for joint building ventures and collectives, sustainable construction with wood and high energy standards up to passive houses.
stattbau münchen GmbH, Munich
Natalie Schaller studied architecture at the Technical University Munich. Supported by her family and a joint building venture she built a house for 27 parties in Munich in 2006. Following that, she engages mainly in the field of communal-orientated housing and neighbourhood development. She worked on project development and management for housing projects at the buergerbau AG. Since 2014 Natalie Schaller has been CEO at the stattbau münchen GmbH, leading the “mitbauzentrale münchen” – a counselling centre for communal-orientated housing which is being operated on request of the LH München.
Further topics of the stattbau münchen are common-good-orientated urban development, basic conditions of affordable housing, development of mobility concepts, neighbourhood development in residential areas as well as accompanying processes of integrated development of residential areas. For the Consortium Prinz Eugen Park the stattbau münchen is coordinating the area development of the new district.
Jan Steeger is Head of Communication & Marketing at Schindler Germany. At the leading manufacturer of elevators and escalators, he is responsible, among other things, for the Senkrechtstarter blog, a thematic blog on vertical mobility and architecture. Before joining the world of elevators and escalators, Steeger, who studied philosophy, worked as a freelance author and journalist for various local and trade media.