Sabine Müller: Environments: Tales of Inhabiting the Contemporary City

model of clear boxes on green, orange, and tan bases

Cumulus (model), SMAQ Architects, Grorud Center, Oslo. image / Henning Moser

Sabine Müller, together with Andreas Quednau, is founding partner of SMAQ, a Berlin-based collaborative studio for architecture, urbanism, and research. SMAQ subscribes to making something that does not work without its environment (vis-à-vis Hans Haake), both on the urban and architectural scale.

Müller is an architect trained at Kassel University (Germany) and Columbia University. She has worked with Asymptote (New York City) and West 8 Landscape Architects (Rotterdam). She taught at the University of Delft and was an assistant professor at the University of Karlsruhe as the chair for urban design. With SMAQ, she has conducted urban research projects as well as architectural, landscape, and urban projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. SMAQ received an AR Award and a prize at the AA Environmental Tectonics Competition for their public bath in Stuttgart, and the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction for their masterplan for Xeritown, Dubai. Currently several of SMAQ’s urban and architectural projects in Germany are under construction.