Tobias Wallisser studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin and the University of Stuttgart from 1990 to 1996. He then went on to do a Postgraduate Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University, New York.
Wallisser worked as an architect in the offices of KTP, at Asymptote and at UNStudio van Berkel & Bos, where he took over as Creative Director in 2001. Together with Ben van Berkel, he was responsible for the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
In 2007, Wallisser founded the LAVA office (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) together with Chris Bosse and Alexander Rieck. The office works as an international network of specialists with branches in Stuttgart, Berlin and Sydney. What sets the LAVA projects apart from others is their unconventional approach in dealing with contemporary issues, their primary focus being on issues such as the practical utilisation of resources and the creative potential of the latest production methods for modern living spaces. 40 employees currently work at the three locations.
Since 2006, Wallisser has held the post of Professor for Innovative Construction and Spatial Concepts at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. He is married and has two daughters aged 18 and 13.
Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk is an author of numerous renowned specialist books on the topic of design. She also teaches at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, a post she has held since 2011, and is a co-founder of
JOI-Design, one of Europe's leading interior design and design studios. With an uncanny attention to detail and a holistic approach, she and her husband Peter Joehnk – who founded the Hamburg office back in 1984 – realise unique hospitality design projects around the world. The experience of internationally successful interior designers is now also being incorporated into the development of furniture, lights, carpet and wallpaper – all the inspiration of product designers, i.e. products by JOI-Design. The enthusiasm of the JOI-Design team is not only apparent in its design of top-of-the-range national and international hotels, but also in small private and large brand hotels in the premium sector. The team's portfolio also includes the design of office spaces, luxurious spas and restaurants.
A project developer, architect and owner representative
at Capricorn DEVELOPMENT, Alfred Schelenz believes that economic, ecological and aesthetic aspects form the basis for the integral planning processes – as do aspects that affect user comfort.
Taking corporate changes and technological innovations into account,
functional processes and
integral components are optimised, which in turn lead to flexible solutions that ensure resource-saving operation throughout the lifecycle.
Since 1978, his focus has been on the editorial aspect of architecture media. He previously worked on the development of various media and offers for architects of trade magazines and supplements through books, events and congresses, moderation of various events and specialist lectures and through serving as a jury member on diverse bodies.
Since 1988, he has been the editor-in-chief of various magazines on architecture, housing and real estate in the building publishing industry, his most recent post being editor-in-chief of the DBZ Deutsche BauZeitschrift and DER ENTWURF magazines at Bauverlag BV GmbH.
He has been chairman of the specialist building press working group since 2002, and since 2003/2004 a substitute professor at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, AMM Architektur Media Management
Dr. Alexander Gutzmer is professor in the Department of Corporate Communications at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences.
Professor Gutzmer is also editor-in-chief at the architecture magazine Baumeister, and editorial director of the Munich-based publishing house Callwey. He got a business degree from Free University Berlin and Warwick Business School. After this, he achieved a masters degree in cultural studies at Goldsmith College (University of London), where he also received his PhD with a thesis about Gilles Deleuzes and Peter Sloterdijks theories of architecture. His main fields of research: cultural theory of todays information society, and the relationship of media and space.
Alexander Gutzmer developed rich expertise in journalism, communication and media in several editorial departments of respected newspapers, magazines and publishing houses. He worked as London correspondent for the German national weeky Welt am Sonntag, as editor-in-chief for the magazine "pressesprecher" at Helios Media, as editor-in-chief at the management magazine "think:act" (Roland Berger Strategy Consultants) and as editorial director at the Burda Creative Group.
Born in 1968, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Müller started his scientific career after completing his studies in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and receiving a Bachelor's degree in engineering at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., USA. After completing his doctorate at RWTH Aachen University with a focus on convection and air conditioning, he worked as a process manager for simulation methods in the Research and Development departments, first at Robert Bosch GmbH and later at Behr GmbH.
In 2003, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Müller received an appointment as university professor at the Technical University of Berlin. There, he was head of the Hermann-Rietschel-Institut until 2007 and chair for the "Building Management Systems" course of studies. In 2007, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Müller returned to RWTH Aachen University and has since been the head of the Institut für Gebäude- und Raumklimatechnik (Institute for Building Management Systems and Ventilation Technology) there. In addition to his academic activities, he assumed the Chief Technical Officer position in the Board of Management of TROX GmbH in July 2011, where he is responsible for Research and Development, Product Management, International Production and Quality Management
Wilhelm Mayer studied building services engineering at the Munich University of Applied Sciences from 1980 to 1984. He began his career as a project engineer in an engineering office and a ventilation company. Mr. Mayer has worked for TROX since 1990, initially as a sales engineer in the south/west branch and then as branch manager for the Bavaria region from 1995 to 2012. Since 01.01.2013, Mr. Mayer has been responsible for systems technology, bringing the total number of years he spent working in the sale of ventilation components to over 23 years.
Prof. Tobias Wallisser | LAVA Stuttgart, Berlin
Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk | JOI DESIGN Hamburg
Alfred Schelenz | Capricorn DEVELOPMENT Düsseldorf
Burkhard Fröhlich | DBZ Gütersloh
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gutzmer | Baumeister München
Prof. Dr. Dirk Müller | TROX Neukirchen-Vluyn
Wilhelm Mayer | TROX Neukirchen-Vluyn