KNOWSPACE was founded in New York, matured in Vienna and Hangzhou, and currently operates from Berlin. The studio works internationally - with an equally cosmopolitan and local emphasis and a focus on German-speaking countries and China.

By making innovative use of architectural typologies and materials, coupled with a social, public and urban agenda, the studio works on architectural projects of all scales - from interior design to entire cities. It sees its role as that of a mediator and facilitator of the complex interaction between cultural, political, economic and physical forces at play in architectural projects. Technical, inter-cultural and bilingual competences ensure effective concept development and smooth project handling locally as well as across continental borders.

Previously completed projects range from major new buildings such as the extension of a courthouse in Sankt Pölten or studio houses for a renowned Chinese painter, to a public square design and small pavilions in public spaces, for example, in Ai Weiwei's Jinhua Architecture Park.

In addition to building, also teaching and design research are essential components of KNOWSPACE's architectural practice, most recently as professor of architectural design at China's most prestigious art academy in Hangzhou. Currently Erhard An-He Kinzelbach is a tenured professor at Bochum University of Applied Sciences. The continuous interaction of professional practice, research and teaching generates knowledge that serves as the basis for typological reinvention, innovative design solutions of spatial and programmatic complexity, as well as for the production of polyvalent space and ambiguous form.


Architekt BDA, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. MSc AAD

1994-2002 Studies at TU Darmstadt, ETH Zürich, Columbia University

Diplom with distinction and MSc AAD with honors

Since 2015 Professor, Entwerfen und Baukonstruktion, Hochschule Bochum

2010-2012 Professor, China Academy of Arts

2004-2008 Assistant Professor, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

2005-2006 Guest lecturer, Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava

2002-2004 Architect at OMA/Rem Koolhaas NY and ROY Co.

2013 Appointment BDA (Association of German Architects)

2013 Appointment AKJAA (Association of German Architects' young architects forum)

since 2012 Membership Architektenkammer Berlin

since 2007 Membership Kammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkons. Wien

2007-2012 Membership Hamburgische Architektenkammer

2003 Appointment 1. Konvent der Baukultur

2014 Fritz Hoeger Award in Silver

2014 DAM Preis, Nominierung

2014 Wallpaper* Architects Directory

2012 Award for Excellence in Thesis Design Teaching, China Academy of Art

2010 Young Viennese Architects 3 Award

2009 Niederoesterreichischer Baupreis, 2.Preis

2002 William Kinne Memorial Prize

2002 Columbia University Honor Award for Excellence in Design

2001 DIFA Award

2001 Bruno and Max Taut Award

2001-2002 DAAD scholarship

1996-2001 German National Academic Foundation scholarship

2001 iF Product Design Award

2000 Velux Attic Award (1st Prize)

1998 Jacob Wilhelm Mengler Award in Urbanism