Stefan Behnisch is the founding partner of Behnisch Architekten. Born in Stuttgart, he studied philosophy and economics in Munich, and architecture in Karlsruhe, Germany. Prior to establishing his own practice in 1989, he worked as an architect at Behnisch & Partner, the practice run by his father, Prof. Günter Behnisch. Stefan Behnisch’s firm, Behnisch Architekten, became independent in 1991 and established a reputation for developing innovative sustainable buildings. The practice has expanded and opened independent offices together with individual partners in Los Angeles, CA (1999-2011), Boston, MA (2006), and Munich (2008).
With a design portfolio that includes master planning, public buildings, healthcare clinics, sports facilities, redevelopment, offices, schools, and museums, Stefan Behnisch strives to design inclusive buildings that provide maximum benefit to all users.
He has taught at several institutions as Visiting Professor, including the Yale School of Architecture; the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. In 2007 he received a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, and in 2009 a Good Design Award in the category “People” presented by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.