Finn Geipel

born in Stuttgart, Germany; graduated 1987 from Technische Universität Stuttgart.

1983 he founded LABFAC as a collective with Bernd Hoge and Jochen Hunger in Stuttgart, and in 1987 opened the studio LABFAC Paris with Nicolas Michelin. Time, openness, adaptability and context-specificity are important themes in his work, as apparent in early projects including the design for a temporary roof for the Arena in Nîmes, and the École nationale supérieure d'Art de Limoges.

Together with Giulia Andi he formed LIN in 2001, and in 2000 initiated LIA (Laboratory for Integrative Architecture), the research branch of LIN.

As founding partner of LIN he has been instrumental in leading multidisciplinary teams in very context specific projects like Alvéole 14, Cité du Design and Grand Paris Métropole Douce. Other important projects of his work include The temprary roof over the Nîmes Arena, Syn Chron, National School of art in Limoges, Cornouailles Theater Quimper, Oldenburg House and POL office building in Paris. In addition to this he has leaded numerous urban design projects and studies.

Geipel heads LIA at Technische Universität Berlin, where he is a full-time professor. He has also taken part in numerous guest-teaching positions as a visiting professor at École Spéciale d'Architecture (ESA) in Paris, Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura (ESARQ) in Barcelona, Columbia University in New York and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston-Cambridge.

Since 2012 he is a member of the cluster of excellence “Bild Wissen Gestaltung – Ein interdisziplinäres Labor” at the Humboldt Universität Berlin, which combines 22 different disciplines in forming a sustainable scientific research platform. Also he is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Atelier International du Grand Paris (AIGP).

Finn Geipel had been awarded with the Grande Médaille d’Argent Prix Dejean (1999), the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (2006), the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2010) and the Prix Spécial de l’Équerre d’Argent (2010).