Architect and co-founder of HWKN
Houses that generate energy from self-reinforcing algae membranes, community housing designed with and by the community, ageless aging in future cities. Welcome to a new era in architecture.
Key NYC networker, frontrunner in a reinvention of aging, pathfinding architect, pioneer on living technology, and simply the greatest guy you could wish to meet. Matthias is something as rare as a visionary whose ideas are being realized, pushing boundaries in relations between buildings, technology, nature, and the people that "move in". From a past as star pup with Rem Koolhas, Matthias has rocketed to a stardom that exceeds architecture, building the firm HWKN that has renowned designer network Architizer (300,000 likes on FB!) on its conscience and recently landed a 500 USD mio building that offers a new way of looking at urban life. You can catch Matthias at TED, in the pages of NY Times, hanging out with Obama - or at NEXT!
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Matthias Hollwich is the co-founder of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN), a New York City based architecture and concept design firm. The office deploys targeted research and fast-footed development to create innovative and responsible projects that exist at the intersection of client, user, and nature.
Current projects include a retirement village for priests in Cote d'Ivoire, 2 large-scale apartment renovations on New York's Upper East Side, the Favella Formiga Open Air Theater in Rio de Janeiro, and ongoing work with the Obama Administration on the rehabilitation of the Sasha Bruce House in Washington DC. In the Fall of 2008 the firm's award winning vision of urbanism, MEtreePOLIS, was featured in the German Pavillion at the Venice Biennale. This year, HWKN developed the website ARCHITIZER, a social networking platform connecting architects via their designs. Before co-founding HWKN, he worked in several internationally acclaimed architectural firms and urban design studios, including: OMA, Rotterdam (Netherlands), Eisenman Architects, and Diller+Scofidio, New York City. In 2001 he founded XPEKT, a concept-engineering firm based in Amsterdam.
From 1999-2001, Hollwich was assistant professor at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland 1999 - 2001 and part of the Bauhaus Dessau Werkstaedte between 2002 and 2006. In 2004 he finished editing his first book with Rainer Weisbach at the Bauhaus: UmBauhaus - Updating Modernism. He most recently took part in the PICNIC lecture series in Amsterdam and is a contributor to the forthcoming IBA 2010 Urban Redevelopment program for the Dessau region.
He is currently working with the University of Pennsylvania on a series of courses and symposia to reinvent nursing home design.
Matthias Hollwich, co-founder of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN), discusses how he used his website ARCHITIZER to build BOOM, a new kind of retirement home. ARCHITIZER enabled a team of talented architects to work together to build a future-thinking retirement home with a focus on gay and lesbian senior citizens in Palm Springs.