You do a lot of traveling and yet, you are still involved in all of your projects around the world. How do you communicate with your teams?
We often use Skype to communicate between Stuttgart, Berlin and Shanghai and we naturally use all of the contemporary means of communication. Of course it takes some time to learn these methods of communicating in order to apply them to working processes. They require clear structures and, for me personally, a reliable time management. (Laughing) That’s something I used to struggle with, but times change. The way I work today is very different from the way it was back in the days. Today, my role is rather the one of a coach. There is a regular weekly meeting attended by all of the offices via the Internet where an employee of every office presents a project. These presentations always follow the same aspect: What is my experience and what can others learn from it?
Talking about learning. You have been giving lectures for quite a couple of times – do you plan on keeping that up?
Yes, the transfer of knowledge always has been a great concern to me. Currently, we are discussing our own format for an academy as a platform for joint learning and researching inside a studio.
Transferring knowledge in order to shape the future, this also encompasses the topic of sustainability. How important is sustainability for your work?
For our work sustainability is very important, or actually a matter of course. When designing something today, it is also clearly more important than ever to keep in mind the removal of materials. This is a prerequisite on the part of the builders/investors, because it is one of the essential arguments in today’s world.
My last question: What is the story behind these colourful balloons in here?
(Peter Ippolito laughs) Yesterday, we celebrated the first marriage among colleagues in this office. The co-workers of the two organised a lovely office celebration. I’m happy that we all enjoy each other’s company and spend some leisure time together as well.