Partners

Stefan Behnisch - Hon. FAIA

Partner - Boston, München, Stuttgart

Stefan Behnisch, born 1957, studied philosophy (baccalaureus artium) and economics in Munich, and then architecture at the Technical University of Karlsruhe. After receiving his diploma in 1987, he worked as an architect in Behnisch & Partner before establishing his own practice, Behnisch Architekten, in 1989, together with his father Professor Günter Behnisch. In the following years, he founded additional branch offices of Behnisch Architekten in Los Angeles, Boston and Munich.

Stefan Behnisch has been an advocate of sustainable design since he started working as an architect. His first building abroad, the Institute for Forestry and Nature Research in Wageningen, NL, became a milestone for innovative sustainable solutions.

In 2009 he received a Good Design Award in the category of “People”, presented by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, in 2007 a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, in 2004 an Environmental Champion Award, presented by Interiors & Sources Magazine, USA and in 2002 an Award "Trophée Sommet de la Terre et Bâtiment" for Sustainable Architecture, France.

Stefan Behnisch has held several teaching positions: the Eero Saarinen Chair Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture; the Miller Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the Harry W. Porter Jr. Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He was/is a visiting Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPLF), at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at the TU Delft in The Netherlands. He is a BDA, RIBA and AIA member, an NCARB certified architect, and an AIA Honorary Fellow.

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Robert Hösle

Partner - München

Robert Hösle, born in 1968 in Nesselwang/Allgäu, was initially trained as a carpenter, before studying architecture at the University of Stuttgart. After obtaining his diploma in 1999, he worked with Günter Behnisch’s practice, Behnisch & Partner. In 2004, he joined Behnisch Architekten, and in 2008, Robert moved to Munich to lead the newly founded office of Behnisch Architekten in Munich. Under his leadership and that of Stefan Behnisch, the Munich office has won several new commissions, most in Bavaria. Among the projects that have been completed under Robert’s leadership is the Speed Skating Stadium “Max Aicher Arena” in Inzell, nominated the “World’s Best Sport Building” by the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2012, and the Secondary School in Ergolding 2013. He is a member of BDA.

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Robert Matthew Noblett - AIA, NCARB

Partner - Boston

Robert Matthew Noblett, born 1971, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994, and his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, in 1997. He has worked in various American practices, including Rafael Viñoly Architects PC in New York, where he served as project manager for projects in Boston, California, Las Vegas, and Chicago. In 2007, he joined Behnisch Architekten, Boston, and has been serving as Partner in Charge there since 2009. He has lectured at universities in Boston, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania and Mexico. Robert Matthew Noblett is an AIA member and NCARB-certified architect.

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Stefan Rappold

Partner - Stuttgart

Stefan Rappold, born 1966, completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter before studying architecture at the University of Stuttgart, where he obtained his diploma in 1995. He then worked in several German practices including Behnisch & Partner before joining Behnisch Architekten in 2000. Stefan Rappold was, amongst others, responsible for the design of the new WIPO headquarters in Geneva, and was project partner for the Harvard University Allston Science Complex in Cambridge, MA. He became Partner in Charge of Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart in 2012, and currently leads the Stuttgart office in collaboration with Stefan Behnisch and Jörg Usinger. Stefan Rappold is a BDA member.

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Jörg Usinger

Partner - Stuttgart

Jörg Usinger, born in 1966 in Frankfurt/Main, studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen and the former Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany. After obtaining his diploma in 1993, he joined Behnisch & Partner, the practice of Günter Behnisch, where he was responsible for a number of award winning-competitions and projects. Since 2005, Jörg worked with Behnisch Architekten and gained extensive experience in numerous projects, and was, amongst others, project leader of the Thermal Spa Römerbad in Bad Kleinkirchheim/Austria, the Institute for Technical Physics at the KIT and the Dorotheen Quartier in Stuttgart. Between 2003 and 2012 he was a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Construction Economics, University of Stuttgart. In January 2017 he became partner at Behnisch Architekten Stuttgart.

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Directors

Florian Edler von Hayek - Mag. Arch

Director - München

Florian Edler von Hayek, born in 1981, studied architecture at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Thereafter he attended the Institute of Architecture lead by Wolf Prix, Zaha Hadid and Greg Lynn at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna where he completed his Masterclass in Greg Lynn studio. In 2006 he received a six month Leonardo-da-Vinci Scholarship to work in Paris with the Office R&Sie(n), and has worked with several other German architectural practices. Over the last 9 years, he has extensive experience in the field of architecture at Behnisch Architekten working through all phases, including competition design for award-winning projects like Paul-Winter-Realschule, Neuburg and construction management at the city hall and public library and education center in Kolbermoor. Since 2014 he is Project Leader for the design and master plan of a 217,000 SF residential housing complex in the Spinnereipark in Kolbermoor (between Munich and Salzburg), which held a DGNB GOLD pre-certificate in the category urban district for its sustainable design. As a Project Manager, he is supervising architects working on projects like the different phases in the residential complex Spinnereipark Kolbermoor, Ludwigsbad Bad Aibling, a mixed use building complex with hotel, shops and restaurants and residential units and Bürocampus Feldkirchen.

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Erik Hegre - M.Arch, B.S.Arch

Director - Boston

Erik Hegre, born in 1980, received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin. Working in a variety of offices prior to joining Behnisch Architekten, Erik developed an early and deep commitment toward sustainable design, building science, meticulous detailing and material selection. This early experience as designer and builder, included carpentry, welding, machining and CNC fabrication, as well as working side by side with the building trades in the field. Erik also has been publicized for his research exploring how technology, software and digital workflows can enhance the design and coordination process for projects and clients. Joining Behnisch Architekten in 2012, Erik has utilized these experiences to lead the office’s digital design, fabrication, and building information modeling (BIM) efforts. He has been integral in the design and execution of numerous projects in the Boston office, monitoring and coordinating complex building systems within the overall design concept. Holding leadership roles on the Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex and the New Science Center at Amherst College, Erik has experiences guiding multi-disciplinary teams through the design for traditional building typologies as well as highly specialized space types such as research, imaging, specialized laboratories, and education.

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Maria Hirnsperger - M.Sc.

Director - München

Maria Hirnsperger, born 1985 in Salzburg, is a graduate of the Technical University of Vienna Master of Architecture program, where she also earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Before joining Behnisch she worked at Scheicher Architekten in Salzburg, where she was responsible for competitions.

Maria is a project manager at Behnisch Architekten and has over 6 years of professional experience. She has worked on a number of award-winning competitions and projects. She has extensive experience in competition design, residential and student housing as well as in administration building design and has worked on high profile projects, including the wooden tower in Nürnberg, the housing complex Living on the Altmühl riverside and the Action Sports Hall in Munich.

Not only having a degree in architecture but also being educated as a carpenter, Maria has a special interest in working with wood, both in the knowledge and application of old known techniques, as well as in finding new ways for its use.

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Michael Innerarity - M.Arch

Director - Stuttgart

Michael Innerarity, born in 1976, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University. He is a project manager at Behnisch Architekten with over 13 years of professional experience. In his 11 years at Behnisch Architekten Michael has worked on a number of award winning competitions and projects. He has gained extensive experience in education, laboratory and health care design and has worked as a project architect on a number of high profile projects at both a national and international level, including the Harvard Allston Science Complex in Cambridge, MA, the Information and Resource Center for the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, the Agora Cancer Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland and the expansion of National Centre for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg, Germany.

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Michael Kocher - AIA, NCARB

Director - Boston

Michael Kocher joined Behnisch Architekten in 2006 and has held leadership roles on many of the firm’s key institutional and higher education projects, including the Karl Miller Center at Portland State University, the John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore, the Park Street Laboratory at Yale University, and the New Science Center at Amherst College. Michael has worked on multiple prototypes and studies, including an ecological pilot project, “House of the Future,” an experimental hub for energy research and technology incubation utilizing multiple progressive technologies, at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has also led winning national and international design competitions and been a part of the firm's recent research collaborations with academic institutions, including MIT’s Sustainable Design Lab, working to create new digital tools to aid architects in developing more energy efficient and sustainable building designs. Frequently speaking at national conferences and industry events for the firm, Michael leads discussions on a wide range of complex project types and methodologies demonstrating sustainable innovations in architectural design.

Born in 1985, Michael holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati.

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Stephan Leissle - Dipl.-Ing.

Director - München

Stephan Leissle started his career at Behnisch as an intern in 2003.He graduated from the Technische Universität in Dresden and thereafter worked with several smaller Firms. In 2006 he returned to Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart to work as a project architect on the first iteration of Harvard's 1,055,000 sq ft. Allston Science Complex, primarily responsible for facade design and development, with a special focus on energy performance. Stephan moved to the Munich office in 2009 shortly after it was opened to take on several projects for public and private clients. His first project was the extension of the gymnasium at the campus of the Montessori-School in Ingolstadt which has been designed by Günter Behnisch. As project manager for the award winning City Hall of Bad Aibling he oversaw all phases of the public building that not only includes the city council meeting rooms and administrative offices but also stores and the city library. Stephan was also project manager for the 960.000 sq. ft. Audi office complex in Ingolstadt, investigating and putting into practice new office and meeting space typologies. He is also experienced in construction management, completing the Public Parking Structure with natural ventilation in Kolbermoor and the extension of the Spa in Bad Aibling. Since 2016 he supervises several teams of architects working in various phases on a wide variety of projects. These include the City Halls in Gröbenzell and Großkarolinenfeld which stemmed out of successful competition entries (both 2016), for which he was also responsible; a four hall sports complex and childcare center in Erlangen, (Competition 1st prize 2014); student apartments in Regensburg, (Competition 1st prize 2016); and mixed use building including housing and restaurant in Kolbermoor.

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Angie Müller - Dipl. Ing. Arch.

Director - Stuttgart

Angie Müller, born in 1984, studied architecture at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, where she received her diploma in 2009. She is a project manager at Behnisch Architekten and has over 9 years of professional experience. She has worked for various German practices, including kadawittfeldarchitektur in Aachen, where she served as Senior Architect and Design Coordinator for a number of high profile projects and competitions. She has gained extensive experience in competition design and has worked on a number of award winning projects at both a national and international level, including Lycée Franco-Allemand (German French School), Paris, France, Further Development of the School Area Bernhausen, Germany and Schwaketenbad, Constance, Germany. In addition to her professional role as architect, she has also served, since 2012, as a lecturer at the RWTH Aachen University and the University of Stuttgart.

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Christine Napolitano - AIA, NCARB

Director - Boston

Christine Napolitano, born in 1979, received her Master in Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she also earned a Master in Design Studies in Architectural History and Theory. Before joining Behnisch Architekten, Christine worked at several acclaimed practices, including Kyu Sung Woo Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she had a key role in the development and actualization of the one million square foot Asian Culture Complex in Gwangju, Korea. Joining Behnisch Architekten in 2010, Christine gained experiences spanning master planning, planning and design of cultural, educational, research and laboratory facilities. She has held leadership roles on a number of pivotal projects coming out of the Boston office, including the Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex and the Amherst College New Science Center. Her considerable programming and lab planning knowledge helps clients arrive at architectural solutions that support their institutional goals. Christine is actively involved in helping clients understand their needs, engaging in an iterative design process with end users, upholding a commitment to innovative and sustainable design.

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Connie Wust - Dipl. Ing. Arch.

Director - Stuttgart

Cornelia Wust, born in 1973, studied architecture at the University of Applied Science in Augsburg, Germany. After receiving her diploma in 2000, she began working in the office of Behnisch & Partner in Sillenbuch, Germany. Since 2004 she has worked as an architect in the office of Behnisch Architekten in Stuttgart, Germany. She has over 18 years of professional experience in education, office and laboratory design and has served as project manager on a number of high profile and award winning projects, including the Harvard Allston Science Complex in Cambridge, MA, the Agora Cancer Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, the City Hall in Kolbermoor, Germany and adidas ARENA in Herzogenaurach, Germany. In addition to her professional role as architect at Behnisch Architekten, she has also served, since 2016, as a lecturer at the University of Applied Science Augsburg.

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