Bernhard Karpf is Managing Principal since 2018, having been with Richard Meier & Partners since 1988. As one of the firm’s principal design partners and highly valued member of the senior management, he currently leads the design efforts on the new Headquarters for Engel & Völkers in Hamburg, Germany and for new residential projects in Stuttgart, Germany, and Jesolo Lido, Italy. His international background and experience are substantial contributions to the firm’s global success.
Mr. Karpf was the Design Partner for the Burda Collection Museum in Baden-Baden Germany which opened to critical acclaim in October 2004 and the Coffee Plaza office complex in Hamburg, Germany. He has led the design- and management efforts on numerous completed projects such as the Leblon Offices in Rio de Janeiro; the Jesolo Lido Condominium and Hotel in Jesolo, Italy; 165 Charles Street Apartments in New York City; two Department Stores for Peek & Cloppenburg in Germany; the Arp Museum in Rolandseck, Germany; the Rickmers Headquarters and subsequently the Rickmers Residence, both in Hamburg, Germany, and the Euregio Basel Office Building in Switzerland. His most recent accomplishments include such iconic projects as the Surf Club Hotel and Condominiums in Surfside, Florida, and the Torre Cuarzo on Reforma in Mexico City, which won the 2015 Progressive Architecture Award.
He has presented the work of the firm at conferences and cultural institutions worldwide, among them the Chicago Atheneum, the National Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia, the AIA Convention in Boston, the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City, the Academy for Architectural Culture in Hamburg, Germany, and at the Preservation Conference in New Harmony, Indiana. He has been invited as juror and critic to architecture schools in the United States and Europe.
Bernhard Karpf studied architecture and literature at the University Stuttgart, Germany, the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, where he received his diploma. After being awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) fellowship in 1986 he continued his education in the Masters of Architecture/Urban Design Studio at Cornell University from 1986 to 1988. He is licensed as architect in New York and in Germany. As member of the American Institute of Architects he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2018.