Stefan Behling

Stefan Behling

Senior Executive Partner Head of Studio Dipl.-Ing Arch, ARB, RIBA

Stefan joined the practice in 1987, and has been professor of Integrated Design and Innovative Construction at University of Stuttgart. A passionate advocate for sustainable and integrated design, he has pioneered many energy efficient technologies in architecture. His publications include Sol Power, The Evolution of Sustainable Architecture. Stefan leads Foster + Partners’ research activities with the Specialist Modelling Group and the Material Research Centre, working on extra-terrestrial habitats on the Moon and Mars.


Stefan Behling is a head of studio and a member of the Design Board at Foster + Partners. He has responsibility for an international portfolio of projects, varying in scale from strategic masterplans to a wide range of educational, commercial, residential and cultural buildings. He has a diploma in Architecture from the University of Aachen (RWTH) and joined the practice in 1987.

He leads the practice’s research into sustainable design, the use of new materials and new methods in construction, and established the Material Research Centre (MRC). He is also responsible for the Specialist Modelling Group (SMG) at the practice, a multi-disciplinary, project-driven research team consisting of architects, engineers, mathematicians, building physicists and environmental scientists who are experts in all aspects of environmental analysis, computational design and digital fabrication.

He has worked on a number of projects that have pioneered new techniques for energy efficiency and resource management, including his current projects the 12,000 capacity Apple Park in California, Apple flagship stores worldwide, Oceanwide Center, a mixed-use development in San Francisco and Kuwait International Airport. His recently completed projects include the Maggie’s Centre in Manchester, a place of refuge where people affected by cancer can find emotional and practical support, and the world’s most sustainable office building as designed, Bloomberg’s new European Headquarters in London.

Some of his earlier projects include the Business Promotion Centre in Duisburg, Reichstag, New German Parliament in Berlin, Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt, McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, City Hall in London, Lenbachhaus in Munich, Free University of Berlin and the carbon-neutral settlement, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

From 1995 to 2015 he held the Chair of Professor of Building Construction, Technology and Design at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, teaching integrated design. He has led numerous research projects and has lectured and published widely. His books include Sol Power: The Evolution of Solar Architecture, and Solar Power: The Evolution of Sustainable Architecture discussing glass, structure and technology, focusing on special glass construction, high-performance building envelopes and sustainable design, both written with his wife, Sophia Behling.

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