Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger

Frank Barkow
Visiting Lecturer
Master of Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge
Bachelor of Architecture, Montana State University

Regine Leibinger
Visiting Lecturer
Member of the "Akademie der Künste," Berlin, Architecture Section
Member of the "Visiting Committees," MIT Department of Architecture, Cambridge, USA
Master of Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, USA
Diploma, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Office: Architecture Building, S-110

In 1993 Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger founded their practice in Berlin, which can be characterized by the interaction of practice, research and teaching. Their interdisciplinary, discursive attitude allows their work to expand and respond to advancing knowledge and technology. Important milestones are amongst others the Biosphere in Potsdam, Germany, the TRUTEC Building in Seoul, South Korea, the gatehouse and the factory-campus event space in Stuttgart, Germany. Current research projects have focused on digital laser cutting, CNC-cut translucent concrete formwork, infra light concrete, facade systems, space-frames, and ceramic elements.

Digitally tooled materials no longer "accessorize" construction but contribute to essential components including skins and structures. Their research folds into ongoing construction projects focusing on a "trickling down" of these technologies informing the construction of everyday building types including office buildings, factories, and pavilions. This method favors expanding building systems leading to form and phenomenal/physical material effect.

Recently completed projects in Berlin include the Tour Total office high rise in Berlin, the fabrication building for HAWE in Kaufbeuren, Germany, the Fellows Pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin as well as a Summer House for this year’s Serpentine Architecture Programme in London.

Barkow Leibinger's research work was included in the Marrackech Biennale as well as in the 14th and the 11th Architecture Biennale, Venice, Arsenale Show. It was also shown at the Architectural Association in London and 032c Gallery in Berlin in conjunction with the publication of the catalogue “An Atlas of Fabrication.” Their work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Heinz Architecture Center, Pittsburgh, and the Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt.

They have won four National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture and a Global Holcim Innovation Award for sustainability as well as various German Architecture Awards such as the DAM Preis für Architektur in Deutschland and the Betonpreis for several of their buildings. In 2014 Hatje Cantz published their most recent monograph "Spielraum" including essays by Hal Foster, Brett Steel, Carson Chan, and Sarah Whiting.