Martin Ebert studied at Stuttgart University and practised in Germany before obtaining a master's degree from the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1998. During the summers of 1997 and 1998 he worked on design projects for several large corporations in Chicago and Hong Kong. In 1999 he returned to Europe and joined David Chipperfield Architects, and was made associate director the following year. Ebert now leads a team of up to 15 architects, with a workload ranging from private residential schemes to largescale public projects. His main role is to develop a project's design in close collaboration with Chipperfield, the client and the design team. Key projects include the Ernsting Service Centre in Coesfeld-Lette, Germany - which won an RIBA award and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize - the Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa, and the headquarters for BBC Scotland in Glasgow.