I studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich, the RWTH Aachen and post graduate at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. During my studies I worked in various renowned German architectural offices. Internationally I made internships at Toyo Ito architects in Tokyo/Japan and the Alvar Aalto Museum & Symposium in Jyväskylä/Finland. After my studies I started working for von Gerkan Marg and Partner in Aachen where I quickly gained responsibility for parts of Neue Messe Leipzig and for Quartier 203 on Friedrichstraße, Berlin.
Joining ingenhoven architects in 1997 I became Project-Partner and later director and managing director. Besides my main role in the internationalization of ingenhoven architects, starting off by successfully winning Breezé Tower in Osaka, I worked on several corporate general-planning-projects, such as Dürr Systems Stuttgart, Gira Radevormwald and the European Investment Bank. The variety of my work in the office reached from the office furniture system Terminal for Vitra,
various customized interiors and furniture designs like the office's own long desk, to science research projects, high class residential projects, corporate HQ buildings, high rises, campus
projects and a variety of successful competitions, such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague and Kö Bogen 2 in Düsseldorf. Winning the international selection process for building Google's Campus Expansion Project in Mountain View California, I became partner of the U.S. branch office ingenhoven architects LLP.
In 2014 and 2015 I taught as professor in the "Master of Workplace Design" at ie University Madrid.
After nearly 18 fantastic years with Christoph Ingenhoven and the colleagues at ingenhoven architects nevertheless the dream of starting my own office remained. Today a strong change in architecture has occured. It is not any more the style and authorship that is in the focus, but the society, the environment, the built and natural context and first of all the client and user. Also dealing with the existing rather than creating something new is one of the biggest challenges in the future.
I am happy to work for you with all my professional experience and capabilities,
Christian is a trained construction technician and studied interior architecture (BA) and architecture (MA) at the Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf.
During his apprenticeship Christian started working at ingenhoven architects, where he continued during his studies and after graduation. Christian has worked on a large number of international projects and competitions and has been with Ben Dieckmann architects since autumn 2016.
Nicolas started training as a carpenter after school and later as a draftsman at ingenhoven architects. During this time he worked on a variety of projects, especially on KöBogen 2, where he gained a lot of experience by being responsible for various special tasks in direct contact with the customer.
After completing his training in summer 2017, Nicolas switched to Ben Dieckmann architects.
Santana studied architecture at RWTH Aachen (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Erasmus). During her studies, she worked at the Chair for Architectural Theory of Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Axel Sowa. In addition, she worked in various architectural offices in Germany and Spain.
After completing her master's degree, Santana started working for Ben Dieckmann architects in October 2019.