The Studio

Studio Schwitalla is a Berlin based Research and Design Studio founded by architect Max Schwitalla. The experimental work of the studio is at the intersection of Architecture, Urban Mobility and Urban Design. The driving force is the re-negotiation and innovation of spaces for mobility and immobility - we are passionate about how new forms of Urban Mobility enable the design of future cities as places with high quality of life.

Form follows flow - the flow of people, light and air. We imagine the city as a network of hyper-connected neighborhoods that can be designed as three-dimensional structures, as transformable and sustainable urban environments centered on human needs, not those of mobility machines.
At all scales - from urban to neighborhood to architecture - the spaces for mobility and circulation are activated as valuable spaces for social interaction. 

As we find inspiration in the mobile realm to design immobile physical spaces, we consequently explore new ways of virtual architectural design, communication and storytelling in the metaverse and through motion picture. Our Media Department is led by Creative Director Sergey Prokofyev and works on interdisciplinary collaborative science projects and creates award-winning immersive experiences from Virtual Reality to Dome Projections.


Leipziger Str. 119
10117 Berlin, Germany
T: +49 (0)30 20624420
F: +49 (0)30 20624421

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Schindler Elevators, The PORT Technology, Audi, TXL - The Urban Tech Republic, Panodontis Berlin, Kreisbau Tübingen, Intersection, e.GO Mobile, BFO Mobility, IBA Hamburg, Stadtwerke Tübingen, Kift, LAGI/Burning Man, Kinect Air, Stadt Kloten, IBA Hamburg, Stadt Pforzheim

Biomimicry Germany, Certain Measures, Future Lab Berlin, Buro Happold, ARUP, LAVA Berlin, Björn Hoffmann, 2D+, Lavaland, Lucia Tahan, Fraunhofer, ARGUS, steg Hamburg, Drees & Sommer, Sprinkenhof, Julius von Bismarck,  Violeta Burckhardt, 1komma2, Schöne Aussichten Landschaftsarchitektur, Christian Stiller, Good Mobility Council

Team, since 2012

Lubov Skoromnaya, Søren Henning, Barkin Karabas, Richard Wehmeyer, Pernilla Kober, Leonard Schuster, Elena Cantoni, Bertrand Malpel, Wajdi Abbas, Matthias Lauer, Chananthorn Vinitwatanakhun, Diego Tonetto, Merve Sahin, Daniel Prost, Morta Pilkaite, Arpapan Chantanakajornfung, Chakkarat Wongthirawat, Laura Freiling, Oke Hauser, Alex Guijarro, Yannis Mataillet, Dominykas Daunys, Jojo Chanachai, Kevin Driscoll, Sergey Prokofyev, Olga Prokofyeva, Max Schwitalla

Barkin Karabas, Dipl.-Ing.

Barkin is an architect and design researcher who studied in METU Turkey and the Bauhaus Germany. His works were selected in several international competitions and especially, his undergraduate thesis was awarded by Archiprix in 2020. His thesis in architecture revolves around the concept of autonomy and strives to integrate mobility in the practices of Studio Schwitalla.

Elena Cantoni, Dipl.-Ing.

Elena received her diploma in Architecture/Civil Engineering at the University of Bologna in 2016. After a two-year working experience in Bologna and Madrid, she joined Studio Schwitalla team in 2018.

Sergey Prokofyev, Dipl.-Ing.

Sergey received his Diploma in Architecture in 2007 from the PSACEA, Ukraine. From 2008 to 2012 his projects were selected in different international competitions and awards e.g. KRob 2009 (AIA Dallas), Evolo 2010 and 2011 (skyscraper competition, NYC) et al. Since 2012 he works at Studio Schwitalla.

Max Schwitalla, Dipl. Arch. ETH/MSc ETH

Max fell in love with architecture through skateboarding and on the move in cities. He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and at the ETH Zurich. He received his Diploma in Architecture from the ETH Zurich in 2006. Prior to Studio Schwitalla, he was working with Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Rotterdam/New York, Graft, Berlin/Los Angeles and HENN, Berlin. He has been a regular instructor or guest critic at the AA London, Rio Academy, TU Berlin, UdK Berlin, ETH Zurich, TU Dresden and the Aedes Network Campus Berlin.