Graduate Architecture

Matthias Hollwich

Visiting Lecturer

Matthias Hollwich is a celebrated architect and founder of the NY-based firm HWKN, a collective of architects, sculptors, social strategists and innovators dedicated to use architecture to shape a better world.

Matthias was born and raised in Germany where he studied architecture and brings a dual perspective to all the firm’s designs, combining German precision with American aspiration. He worked for legendary firms such as Diller + Scofidio, and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture / Rem Koolhaas. 

Matthias Hollwich published his first book UmBauhaus-Updating Modernism in collaboration with Rainer Weisbach and the Bauhaus Foundation in 2006. His latest book, New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever, suggests a new way to think about aging that could fundamentally change the way we design for it, published in 2016 by Penguin.

Matthias is currently working on his fourth book. Matthias lectures widely on the topics of architecture, sustainability, aging and innovation at renowned conferences around the world, including TED, PICNIC, Stelka, and the Conscious City conference. In 2019 he spoke at me Convention about “Unforgettable Architecture”.