Harald Schindele

Dipl.-Arch. BDA

Harald Schindele is an architect and co-founder of the architecture office HS Architekten. The office develops spaces for sustainable living and has taken on a pioneering role internationally in issues of socio-ecological transformation of architecture and the construction industry with its projects in the field of circular and life-serving buildings. They have received various awards especially for densification and revitalization of existing built structures, the use of recyclable and ecologically high-quality materials, circular construction, and social inclusion.

After studying architecture at the TU Braunschweig and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, Harald founded the architecture firm HSH Architekten in Berlin in 1997, which later became HS Architekten in partnership with Markus Hirschmüller.

His expertise has led him to serve as a guest critic and, together with his partner Markus, as a lecturer at some of the most prestigious international institutions for design, art, and architecture, including the Bauhaus Dessau, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, the Art Center College of Design, UCLA, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). The joint office participated in the Biennale Brazil, the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo in 2003 and 2005, the 14th Architecture Biennale in Quito in 2004, and the Architecture Biennale Convertible City in the German Pavilion in Venice in 2006.

HS Architekten has been awarded various first-rate prizes and recognitions in the field of sustainable and circular construction, most recently with the Berlin KlimaSchutzPartner-Award 2021 and the first place in the ideas competition “Re-Use am Bau” (Re-Use in Construction) 2022 by the Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action.

Harald and Markus are members of the Association of German Architects (BDA), the State Advisory Board for Wood, supporting members of Architects for Future, partners of the Concular GmbH for circular construction, and are in close exchange with the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for the qualification of the pre-certification phase for existing buildings.

Honorary positions (selection)

  • Hans Schaefers Award 2001: Die nächste Generation, project: Auguststr. 62

  • Fundação Bienal de São Paulo 2003 und 2005

  • 14. Architecture Biennale in Quito 2004

  • 10. Architecture Biennale in Venedig 2006

  • Deutscher Fassadenpreis (aluminum facade), project: Abspannwerk Buchhändler Hof (E-Werk)

  • Bundespreis für Handwerk in der Denkmalpflege 2010, project: Café Moskau, SYSTAL GmbH

  • Berlins beste Bauten: Exhibition fot the Architekturpreis Berlin 2013

  • Best of Houzz Award 2017

  • KlimaSchutzPartner-Award Berlin 2021, project: Ahorngärten

  • Ideas competition “Re-Use am Bau” 2022, first place, project: Ahorngärten

  • 18. Architecture Biennale Venedig 2023

    BDA Bund Deutscher Architektinnen und Architekten BDA Landesverband Berlin e.V. – Member

Stations (selection)

  • Architectural Association School of Architecture, London – scholarship holder

  • Architecture office Hoyer und Schindele – Co-founder

  • HS Architekten BDA – Co-founder