Barkow Leibinger is an American/ German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York and was founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger. RECORD asked them five questions about their work at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Scroll through the slideshow above to see some of their key projects.

Architectural Record: Tell us about your practice. What differentiates you from other firms?

Barkow Leibinger’s discursive research-based approach to architecture and design allows their work to respond to advancing knowledge and technology, locating the practice as an international leader in digital and analogue fabrication techniques. This skill set expands to include new materials, and applications that drive the practice forward as a continuously evolving activity. This focus revolves around a commitment to academic teaching, research, and the practice itself: each are autonomous work areas that simultaneously inform each other beneficially.

How do you get into the creative headspace?

Travel: the direct experience of the world always triggers something that we bring back to the studio and filter.

Who are your design heroes?

Right now, Angelo Mangiarotti's industrial buildings and ceramics. Local Berlin architects Fehling+Gogel are also unsung heroes.

What do you hope to contribute to the Chicago Biennial?

We will show three large-scale models for affordable housing towers in Berlin using three materials, or tectonic approaches, that show how you can instrumentalize history as a provocative and powerful tool for making architecture anew, and not just an "inspiration" or footnote.

Most importantly, when it comes to pizza, deep dish or thin crust?

Deep dish is dope!


The Chicago Architecture Biennial runs from September 19, 2017, to January 7, 2018. Read more of our coverage of the event here.