Stefano Boeri


is the principal and founder of Stefano Boeri Architetti, based in Milan, and with studios in Shanghai, and Doha. The studio is dedicated since 1993 to the research and practice of architecture and urbanism. Among the most known projects are the Vertical Forest (Bosco Verticale) in Milan (Awarded with the International Highrise Award 2014 and the CTBUH Award Best Tall Building Worldwide 2015), the Villa Méditerranée in Marseille, and the House of the Sea of La Maddalena/Sardinia. He was the director of the international magazine DOMUS from 2004 to April 2007 and from September 2007 to April 2011 he directed the magazine ABITARE. Currently he is professor of Town Planning Urban Design at the Politecnico di Milano.

Lamia Messari-Becker


Born 1973 and grew up in Morocco. Civil engineer and since 2014 Professor and Director of the Institute of Building Technology and Construction Physics at the University of Siegen. Studied at and gained a PhD from TU Darmstadt (Technical University). 2009 to 2014 Head of Construction Physics and Sustainability in an international engineering office. Her work focuses on the development and realization of resource-efficient and sustainable solutions to structural engineering and urban development. Since 2016 member of the expert advisory board for environmental matters of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.
Selected projects/competitions: Hybrid House Hamburg (Bieling Architekten, IBA pilot standard); autobahn church Siegerland (Schneider + Schumacher, DAM prize); seminar building Uni Frankfurt (Ferdinand Heide, 1st building in the project CO2-neutral regional government); Kalbach (Scheffler + Partner, world’s 1st monolithic passive-house standard housing block); Ministry of Finance Wiesbaden (1st building in Hessen based on the BNB evaluation system for sustainable architecture); residential quarter Hagebygen Sande/Norway (Ghilardi Hellsten Arkitekter, light and energy input optimized designs); climate protection concept Riedstadt (model community); Yenikapi Istanbul, insula, 2nd prize; transit camp Basel (BIG, 1st prize); seminar building Bochum (Netzwerkarchitekten, 1st prize)

Horst R. Muth


Has headed the Real Estate Project Management division at Deka Immobilien GmbH since October 2009, and is responsible for all major projects (development, modernization, technical conversions and consulting services) in the national and international property portfolio. An engineering graduate, Muth is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and prior to joining Deka was at Deutsche Bank AG where he managed and optimized the bank’s real-estate portfolio in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) from the engineering viewpoint. Before that he worked some 13 years as Managing Director Germany at Jones Lang LaSalle in an advisory and management function providing engineering consultancy services for institutional investors and property users. He has extensive experience in international real-estate management and has realized numerous construction and high-rise projects of diverse sizes.

Ole Scheeren


Born 1971 in Germany he is an architect and principal of the Ole Scheeren studio in Hong Kong with offices in Peking, Berlin and Bangkok. As chief designer and managing director he is currently realizing “1500 West Georgia”, a residential high-rise in the center of Vancouver; the urban mixed use project DUO in Singapore with apartments, hotel, offices, retail and public gardens; MahaNakhon, at 314 meters set to be Bangkok’s tallest skyscraper; “Angkasa Raya”, a 268 meter high-rise vis-à-vis Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and numerous other large projects. Ole Scheeren is visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, regularly lectures at international institutions and conferences and is a jury member for competitions and architecture prizes. His numerous distinctions include the WAF 2015 World Building of the Year for “The Interlace”, CTBUH 2013 Best Tall Building award for CCTV or the first Urban Habitat Award for “The Interlace”. After starting his education in Karlsruhe and Lausanne Ole Scheeren completed his studies at the Architectural Association AA in London and was awarded with the RIBA Silver Medal.

Peter Cachola Schmal, Foto: Bernd Gabriel


Born 1960 in Altötting the architect and architectural critic was curator at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt from 2000 to 2006. He has been Director of DAM since 2006 and has been responsible for an extensive exhibition program including some 12 major shows a year and a large number of symposiums, conferences, workshops, lectures and publications. He sits on numerous committees and has often acted as a jury member in competitions. He is responsible for various architectural awards associated with DAM from the “DAM Award for Architecture in Germany”, the “DAM Architectural Book Award” through to the “Houses of the Year” prize bestowed together with Callwey Publishing House. In 2007, he was Commissioner for the German contribution to the Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale. In 2016 as General Commissioner he is together with Oliver Elser und Anna Scheuermann, in charge of the German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia.

Thomas Schmengler, © DekaBank


Born 1955, Schmengler is a qualified economist. Since September 2008 he has headed Real Estate Acquisitions and Sales. In addition he is Managing Director of Deka Immobilien GmbH and since January 1, 2016 of Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft (KVG) Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH. More recently he was Managing Director of the KIZ-Gruppe from Bad Soden-Salmünster (Construction/Planning/Project Development). Before that he worked some 18 years at Jones Lang LaSalle, where in his final post he was responsible for the German business in the rental and investment area as a member of the Management Board and International Director. Moreover, he headed the Frankfurt office of Jones Lang LaSalle.

Prof. Felix Semmelroth, Foto: Dezernat Kultur und Wissenschaft


Born 1949 in Kassel. He studied English, Political Science and Sociology. Gained a PhD in 1977. From 1978 to 1981 Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bremen; parallel and through to 1985 Lecturer in Sociology at the Evangelische Lutherstift in Falkenburg; 1985–1989 Fellow in the English Studies Dept. at Darmstadt Technical University, where he has held an honorary professorship since 1997. As of 1989 Head of Literature and General Cultural Affairs in Frankfurt’s Municipal Office of Culture; then Personal Assistant City of Frankfurt Department of Culture. From 2006 to 2016 he was Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture of the City of Frankfurt.

Brigitte Shim


Architect and founding partner of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Born in Kingston Jamaica and educated in Canada, Shim and her partner Howard Sutcliffe have received thirteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award along with many other professional accolades for their built work ranging from projects for non-profit groups to public and private clients. Professor Shim has been engaged in core design studios, advanced design studios as well as teaching courses in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto. She has also been a visiting professor at Yale University’s School of Architecture, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Auckland’s National Institute for Creative Arts and Industries, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and others.

Claudia Meixner


Claudia Meixner is an architect and since 1997 has been the founding partner of MEIXNER SCHLÜTER WENDT Architekten. After studying at TU Darmstadt (Technical University) and Universita degli Studi Firenze, Claudia Meixner lectured at the Institute of Construction and Design under Prof. Günter Pfeifer, TU Darmstadt. This was followed by a stay in Villa Massimo in Rome. Claudia Meixner sits on Frankfurt/Main’s Urban Development Advisory Committee, on the Advisory Committee of the Städel Foundation for Architecture and on the Committee of the Protestant Church Architecture Conference. MEIXNER SCHLÜTER WENDT Architekten has received numerous national and international awards and commendations for its work. Various of the projects have been shown in many exhibitions including the Venice Biennale in 2004, 2006, 2012.

Holger Techen


Studied Civil Engineering at TU Darmstadt (Technical University), where he graduated in 1989. Worked from 1992 to 1996 as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Building Construction/TU Darmstadt, doing research into joining technology for structural glass. From 1989 to 1992 his work at the Frankfurt engineering office König + Heunisch focused on the use of synthetic fibers in concrete structures. His time at engineering office Windels, Timm, Morgen in Hamburg saw him focus on the field of classic structural engineering combined with his experiences at Bollinger + Grohmann and where from 2000 he worked as leading engineer on architecturally demanding projects round out his occupational portfolio. In September 2006 he was offered a chair at the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt/M. for Structural Engineering and Construction in the Architecture Department. He does research into the acoustic efficiency of high-rise facades. Since 2008 he has been a partner at imagine structure GmbH which is based in Frankfurt and Cologne.