SPADE combines design expertise with innovative planning methods to create intriguing and performative spaces. Digital processes support our projects from their conception to the finished building, integrating design parameters, such as user requirements, site conditions, sustainability and energy efficiency into a holistic approach to personalised solutions.
SPADE is derived from ‚Spatial Design‘, an interdisciplinary, cross-scale approach to designing environments. This is why our portfolio has a variety of building typologies, from housing to workplaces, educational establishments, through interior and exhibition spaces, to installations and product designs as well as infrastructural projects.
Marco Hemmerling is a founding partner of SPADE and is a coopted member both of the Association of German Architects (BDA) and of the German Association of Craftsmen (DWB). He studied architecture at Bauhaus University Weimar, Politecnico di Milano and Bochum University and worked as an architect in internationally renowned offices. During his several years as project architect at UNStudio in Amsterdam, he was jointly responsible for the design and realisation of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
Marco engages in teaching and research as Professor of Computational Design in Architecture at Cologne University of Applied Scineces and holds a visiting professorship at Politecnico Milano. Before he moved to Cologne, he was a Professor at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design and led the postgraduate MA course ‚Computational Design and Construction‘ at the East-Westphlia University of Applied Sciences.
Philipp Meise is a founding partner of SPADE and consultant for Computational Design in Architecture. He completed his Master’s Degree in Architecture at the East-Westphalia University of Applied Science in 2012, with two awards for outstanding achievements. After his studies he worked for several years as design architect for UNStudio in Amsterdam where he was, until 2016, an integral team member in 26 projects. Here he was jointly responsible for the design of the winning two competitions for the new development of the site of the Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt am Main.
Philipp has international professional experience and specializes in digital design methodology, programming and visualization. Until February 2018, he also held positions as research assistant and lecturer in the field of ‘Computational Design in Architecture’ at the Cologne University of Applied Science and the Politecnico di Milano.
We conceive of the design, planning, construction and operation of a project as an integral process which all of the stakeholders are involved in. This means that collaboration and communication are central aspects for the successful development of a consistent and holistic design – from the first idea to the finished building. This kind of planning process is intended both to leave behind the beaten path of traditional, sequential and segmented planning and build up option- and scenario-based integral planning.
Our many years of practical experience in dealing with digital design and planning methods, as well as our teaching and research activities have provided us with comprehensive know-how for integral design expertise. A network of specialists – planners, programmers, media designers, construction companies and product manufacturers – support us in our work on a needs-based and project-specific basis.