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

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

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 building as an integral process which all of the project’s 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. A building component-oriented 3D data model containing all essential information serves as a platform for design, planning, decision-making and organisation.

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. In this, communication of design, target definition and team-building are just as important  as the use of design tools, simulation, calculations and accounting. This is so because a decision-making process is never based solely on rational decisions, rather, it represents a combination of logic and intuition.




Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a digital, multidisciplinary work method in the AEC industry. It is based on an object-oriented representation of the building which enables interoperability and data exchange in a digital format. BIM is therefore primarily to be understood as a process with a focus on modelling and information exchange. However, the digitisation of construction processes encompasses more than just BIM. The goal is to cross-link corporate and business processes, which improves the cooperation between those involved in the construction and optimises building processes.

Against this background our projects benefit from our BIM expertise and process management in terms of quality, cost and reliable scheduling. Our many years of practical experience in dealing with digital design and planning methods, as well as our teaching and research activities on BIM, have provided us with comprehensive know-how for integral architecture planning. A network of specialists (planners, programmers, software providers, construction companies and product manufacturers) support us in our work on a needs-based and project-specific basis.