Frank Barkow (b. 1957) and Regine Leibinger (b. 1963) have a pronounced talent for material innovation and installational buildings. They both studied at Harvard University in Cambridge/Massachusetts before they founded their architectural partnership in Berlin in 1993. Alongside their worldwide building projects Frank Barkow has been a visiting professor at leading American institutes of higher education as well as in London und Lausanne. Regine Leibinger has also taught internationally before she became a professor at Technische Universität Berlin from 2006 to 2018. Today they hold a joint chair at Princeton University.
With construction projects such as Biosphäre in Potsdam, Tour Total in Berlin or Trumpf Smart Factory in Chicago they have stimulated the international architectural discourse. They have exhibited their designs at the prestigious Architectural Association in London in 2009, at the Venice Architecture Biennials of 2008 and 2014, the Marrakech Biennial of 2012 and the Chicago Architecture Biennial of 2017. Individual objects and models have entered the collections of Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt a. M., Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.