Founder and Partner
Born in Stuttgart, Germany; graduated from Technisches Universität Stuttgart, 1987.
He founded LABFAC as a collective with Bernd HOGE and Jochen HUNGER in Stuttgart in 1983, and in 1987 opened the studio LABFAC Paris with Nicolas MICHELIN. Time, openness, adaptability and context-specificity are important themes in his work, as apparent in early projects including the design for a temporary roof for the Nîmes arena, and the École nationale supérieure d'Art de Limoges.
In 2001 he formed LIN together with Giulia ANDI, and in 2000 initiated LIA (Laboratory for Integrative Architecture), the research branch of LIN.
GEIPEL heads LIA at Technisches Universität Berlin, where he is a full-time professor. He has also taken part in numerous guest-teaching positions as a visiting professor at École Spéciale d'Architecture (ESA) Paris, Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura (ESARQ) Barcelona, Columbia University New York and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boston-Cambridge.
Since 2012 he has been a member of the cluster of excellence “Bild Wissen Gestaltung – Ein interdisziplinäres Labor” at the Humboldt Universität Berlin, which combines 22 different disciplines in forming a sustainable scientific research platform. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board for the Atelier International du Grand Paris (AIGP).
Finn GEIPEL has been awarded the Grande Médaille d’Argent Prix Dejean (1999), the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (2006), the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2010) and the Prix Spécial de l’Équerre d’Argent (2010).
Founder and Partner
Partner and co-founder of LIN, Laboratory for architecture and urbanism in 2001, ANDI’s work is especially interested in the use of MONOSPACE and the idea of minimum size, a concept that began to fascinate her while traveling in Japan in 2003 and 2004.
References from the worlds of music, medicine, dance, food and a deep sense of history have all informed Andi’s design sensibility.
In addition to her executive responsibilities at the firm, Andi has been working on different projects, including “Cite du Design ”, “Grand Paris”, “Micro Office”, “Macro House”, “Density + - 0, Temporary Exhibition” “Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Permanent Exhibition” the new LIN Office space, and the courrent "Cube House" in Bremen.
Andi also oversees the firm’s communications arm and is spearheading the creation of LIN's new research unit. Through the use of archives, LINA or LIN-Archive aspires to unearth the hidden processes behind key projects and exhibit them in public spaces. LINA’s first exhibition appeared at the MAXXI Museum of Rome in the fall of 2011, with the “Bunker”. She also take care of the editorial and digital image of Lin, realizing books and the recent "new LIN Website".
Andi finished her diploma in 2001 in the Italian capital at La Sapienza. During her studies she spent a year abroad at Paris la Seine and interned at Nemesi Studio in Rome and LABFAC in Paris.