>>> About us <<<
This is our passion...
Living spaces influence our actions, our everyday life, and also our emotional world. Everything is space, without space everything is nothing. Whether in the city, in our own apartment, in the office, in the supermarket, in the parking lot, on the bike or in the car or on the train, on playgrounds, in the park, in the theater, in the museum, in the soccer stadium... These all are the many self-evident stages of our lives.
We love spaces and that's why we analyze and design them. As scientists, spatial practitioners, spatial users and architects of diverse spaces in the city, in the landscape, or in private realm.
We identify potentials and optimizations, combining multidisciplinary approaches as architects, psychologists and architectural theorists. We link deeply human perspectives, desires and requirements with the important stages of our lives: the spaces. People and spaces – the basis and future of all living together.
These are our goals...
We are convinced that – more than ever – spaces belong to the socially relevant issues. They are directly related to the big issues of our time: climate change, housing shortages, migration, urban and rural mobility, and livable spaces for all. None of these issues can be meaningfully developed further without an intelligent and people-oriented spatial perspective.
We participate in concepts and discussions about high-quality spatial design, touching architecture, livable cities and neighborhoods. Whether spaces support, comfort, heal or hurt us is also up to us. We need them like our "food" and therefore it is worthwhile to think about how it should be "prepared" so it does us good.
We are convinced of the high relevance of sharing our beliefs and experiences in the context of teaching and research and to develop them further in exchange with students, professors, scientists and practice partners. On our website, we therefore present selected topics and activities at our universities; they are inextricably linked with our work.
These are our techniques...
Spaces can be analyzed, categorized, but also sensed and related. This is exactly what we do. We approach the space as a user, through situational understanding, as well as through intensive analysis of our perceptions, emotional reactions, reflection and action. Depending on the context and the brief, we use various scientific methods from different disciplines, such as self-description methods, observations, surveys, field studies, cartographic analyses, standardized questionnaires, etc.
We analyze, survey, write, photograph, design, draw, and spend time with focused attention in spaces. All analysis is based on valid architectural-psychological and space-philosophical concepts and theories. Depending on the setting and task, we choose the methods of analysis to produce the most valid, stable and objective results possible. If necessary, we perform statistical calculations, for example to examine different spaces or target group-specific architectural preferences for statistically significant differences. And we communicate intensively about it, at every stage.
This is us…
Prof. Dr. Marc Kirschbaum
Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai Schuster
FOUNDER And Partner
Prof. Dr.-Ing. M.Arch./USA
is an architect and architectural theorist
Study of architecture in Kassel, architecture and urban design in Manchester/GB, as well as architecture theory as a Fulbright scholar in Seattle/USA; doctorate in architectural theory, psychology and sociology at the University of Kassel.