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Barbara Holzer

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Founder/Director Zurich/Berlin

Barbara Holzer

Barbara Holzer is founding member of the architecture studio Holzer Kobler Architekturen Zurich/Berlin. Together with her business partner Tristan Kobler and a broadly diversified team of experts she is responsible for a manifold oeuvre in urban planning and architecture as well as scenography and design. 

The internationally operating architect sees architecture as a key field of action where societal mindsets, processes and visions may be stimulated. The resulting political claim for social responsibility in architecture has always shaped her way of working. She is known for her innovative designs, based on themes like cultural authenticity and aesthetic identity as well as sustainable development and social values in the scope of constantly changing demands regarding living and working environments. This can be seen in such diverse projects as the experimental residential property ELLI with a connecting studio, Frankie & Johnny as a model of a contemporary housing complex for temporary residence with an intricate modular construction or the scenography of the Bauhaus’ permanent exhibition in the newly erected Weimar Bauhaus Museum.

Before establishing Holzer Kobler Architekturen Barbara Holzer was responsible for the realisation of a number of international museums, residential and commercial buildings in the Studio Libeskind, led its Swiss branch for many years and subsequently worked on her own on numerous projects where the interaction of architecture and scenography were of central importance.

She is currently involved in urban planning projects, the development of affordable and sustainable housing concepts and the scenographical arrangements of numerous exhibitions. In order to pass on her knowledge and experience and to promote new talents, Barbara Holzer held lectures among other venues at the ETH Zurich. Since 2010 she is a professor for architecture and interior design at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf (DE). She gives lectures at international congresses and qualification programs, is a recognized member of numerous specialist committees and juries on architectural and urban planning issues and sits on the Advisory Board of the International Building Exhibition Thuringia since 2013.

In 2008, Barbara Holzer and Tristan Kobler received the Grand Prix Design of the Swiss Confederation for their international engagement.