When and where were you born?
7 January 1970, Rodewisch, Germany.
What is your favourite building and why?
Besides the Spitfire Studio in King's Cross - because our office is there - I love Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It's Gothic at its best.
What is your favourite meal?
What vehicle(s) do you own?
A mountain bike and a Mercedes C180.
What is your favourite film?
What is your favourite book?
Narziss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse.
What is your favourite 'design classic'?
The 'Ant' chair by Arne Jacobsen.
What is the worst building you've ever seen and why?
The MI6 building in London - just look at it.
Who or what is your biggest architectural influence and why?
My students at the University of Darmstadt. They challenge me.
Who is the most talented architect you've worked with?
Apart from my two partners, Moritz May and Axel Rostock, a very important teacher and good friend is professor Karl Heinz Petzinka in Germany.
If you hadn't been an architect, what would you have been?
A ski instructor.
What would your advice be to architectural students?
Architecture should always be a joy and a pleasure - so enjoy yourself and your work will express the same.
What would your motto be?
Work hard and celebrate the same way.