I grew up in a small village near Salzburg in Austria. Being surrounded by mountains, I became a professional ski jumper. After I retired from sports at 19, I discovered architecture as a passion. Like sports, architecture requires dedication and training to get better. The connection to natural surroundings and the balanced relationship between humans and nature from my childhood remain a foundation of my work.
I started my training at the University of Innsbruck where I wrote my bachelor’s thesis in 2010. During that time, I was also teaching classes at the Institute for Experimental Architecture under Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid) and Keith Thorsen (Snohetta). I received my master’s degree from the Technical University of Vienna in 2013.
After graduation, I co-founded PENDA in 2014. My wife Fei and I then set up our studio “Precht” in 2018. After four years in Beijing, we moved our studio to the countryside of Austria. We defined four goals for our green practices: making buildings using low-carbon-footprint materials, giving space back to nature, providing areas for gardening, and creating vital and healthy structures that are more than just expensive real estate and that embody the culture and era in which they are built.
With this approach, we won numerous national and international awards in architecture and design, such as the “Emerging Firm of the Year” Award from Architizer, and the Top 40 on Dezeen’s Hot List. We do interviews with worldwide leading newspapers and TV networks, and our work is frequently published in design-related magazines.
We believe we have a responsibility to inspire other young creatives. We strive to be accessible and start wider discussions on social media. We are entering a stage of collaboration – between architects and between industries. We believe in flexible architecture; buildings that can adapt and suit ever-changing needs and demands. Our industry needs fresh ideas.
The built environment is one of the biggest polluting industries. We must find solutions for an ever-growing population and design a more ecological future. Environmental, technological and demographic changes will transform the planet. The changes in the building industry will be grand; the challenges, even grander.