Tobias Wallisser


LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Tobias Wallisser

Tobias Wallisser is a founding partner of LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture). LAVA acts as an international think tank with offices in Berlin, Stuttgart and Sydney.  The office strives to form a contemporary architecture integrating the latest technology into the process as well as the projects to create complex structures inspired by nature. The office became known when winning the international competition for the city center of the first co2-emission free city, Masdar, in 2009. 45 architects currently work on projects in Saudi Arabia, Germany, China and Australia. The first larger projects are under construction, 280m tall twin towers in China and a large master plan in Riyadh.

From 1997-2007, Tobias was creative director of UNStudio in Amsterdam where he contributed to many projects including the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1997, Tobias Wallisser received a post-graduate degree from Columbia University (New York). He worked for Asymptote Architecture on the Virtual New York Stock Exchange project in 1997 and for the German firm KTP on an award-winning low-energy office project in Germany. 
Tobias has lectured in many places around Europe and conducted studios at several universities in Germany. In 2006, he accepted a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart where he holds the chair for "innovative spatial structures", since 2011, he acts as Vice-President of the Academy.