Regine Leibinger

Design Critic in Architecture

Regine Leibinger was born in Stuttgart in 1963. She received her master‘s degree in architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design in Cambridge in 1991, and a diploma in architecture from the Technical University, Berlin in 1989. Since 1993 she has been leading the architectural practice Barkow Leibinger in Berlin together with Frank Barkow.

The spectrum of Barkow Leibinger’s work is multi-scaled: from master planning, urban high-rises, office buildings and industrial buildings to residential, installation and prototypical exhibition pavilions.

The work of the firm (www.barkowleibinger.com) has been featured in several exhibitions, with a retrospective at the Haus am Waldsee, Berlin 2020, including (among others) at the Architectural Association in London, the 2008 and 2014 Venice Architecture Biennials, the 2012 Marrakech Biennial, and the 2017 and 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennials.

From 2006 to 2018, Regine Leibinger was Professor of Building Construction and Design at the Technische Universität Berlin. After visiting professorships at Princeton University, School of Architecture in Princeton and Harvard University, Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, she was appointed Gensler Visiting Critic at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in Ithaca, New York in 2021. In 2022 she taught the module studio “Revisiting Mies” as John Portman Visiting Critic at Harvard GSD.

Regine Leibinger is a leading figure in cultural institutions and committees, included as a member of the Architecture Section at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, a member of the Board of Trustees of IBA‘27- Internationale Bauausstellung 2027, Stuttgart, and on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy Berlin. Since 2020, she has been a member of the Dean‘s Leadership Council at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and since 2011, a member of the „Visiting Committee“ at MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture in Cambridge. For several years, she has also been a permanent member of the Supervisory Board of the Trumpf Group. In 2020, she was named an AIA Honorary Fellow by the American Institute of Architects. In 2022, she was appointed as a member of the Munich Urban Design Commission.

Also in 2022, Regine Leibinger founded the non-profit organization “Experimental” (www.experimental-foundation.org/), which fosters projects that aim to discover new territories in the field of architecture with the goal to change how and with what we build.

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