Dream. Design. Deliver. - Establishment of an architecture office
Zeit & Ort / Time & Place
The GRAFT office, founded in 1998 in Los Angeles, is today an established and international office with headquarters in Berlin, Shanghai and around 150 employees on three continents. With their very exciting company history, the three partners Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit have made an important name for themselves in architecture for their visions and unconventional thinking. Founded as a label for architecture, urban planning, design, music and "the pursuit of happiness", GRAFT refuses to accept the traditional, virtual and real limits in the world of work and is thus able to offer more possibilities and an ever-expanding range of solutions in to offer the architecture.
On April 19th we will find out what their path was like and what lessons arose from it. Be there!
16:45 "Doors open" + networking
17:05 impulse architect
5:15 p.m. Discussion between architect and industrial partner
17:40 Interactive discussions with all participants
About the speakers:
M.Arch., Dipl.-Ing. Arch., Architect BDA Founding Partner, CEO
Wolfram Putz studied architecture at the Technical University of Braunschweig and graduated as Dipl.-Ing. Arch. From. He received his Masters from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and the Southern Californian Institute of Architecture, USA.
After a visiting professorship from 2008-2009 and a substitute professorship from 2016-2017 at RWTH Aachen University, Wolfram Putz held a visiting professorship at TU Delft in 2017/18.
In 1998 Wolfram Putz founded the GRAFT office together with Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit. GRAFT has won numerous national and international awards and has achieved international recognition in the course of its existence.
Today GRAFT employs around 150 architects and designers worldwide.
In 2009 GRAFT and Andreas Spiess founded Solarkiosk AG, whose subsidiaries are now located in ten countries around the world.
With GRAFT Brandlab, Wolfram Putz, Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit founded a communication agency together with Linda Stannieder in 2014 that operates at the interface between architecture, design and branding.
Together with three other companies from project development and communication, GRAFT founded Heimat2 in 2015, which offers sustainable residential complexes in modular and system construction for the rapid establishment of refugee accommodation.
Together with Marianne Birthler, Wolfram Putz, Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit curated the German Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Born in 1976, after studying linguistics and political science, worked for six years as an editor at the Rheinische Post, among other things for the features sections and politics. He then switched to politics as press spokesman, where he worked for over 15 years in various positions in Düsseldorf and Berlin. He worked for Karl-Josef Laumann, Andreas Krautscheid, Armin Laschet and Angela Merkel, among others. In 2015 he moved to TARGOBANK as press spokesman. He has headed the External Communication department there since 2018. Axel Bäumer is married and has a six-year-old daughter. He is an avid racing cyclist and drummer for the Düsseldorf electro pop band "Rendezvous der Freunde".