Architect Walter Klasz
I was born in Vienna in 1975. In addition to the humanistic education at the Jesuit School Kalksburg, I was trained as a carpenter. After having presented my built and patented architectural diploma air-base in the Burggarten in Vienna in 2002, I have done the files to factury for the facade of the project ray_1 for Delugan_Meissl. As soon as the project was done, I followed the invitation by Richard Horden to be his research assistent at the Institute of Architecture and Product design at the Technical University Munich. While leading full scale experimental research projects like the i-home or peak_lab, I was teaching master students in micro-architecture and knowledge transfer. In 2005 I became accredited Austrian Civil Engineer. I started immediately my own office in Innsbruck realizing designs in different fields and scales. In 2008 I have organized the international Lake-Eibsee Conference on micro-architecture. After having been guest-professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Giessen in 2008/09, I won my first building competitions, which allowed me to focus full time on my increasing office. When the largest project - the church and municipal center Rif in Salzburg - was finished, I was asked by Michael Bacher to develop the design and the structure for the resarch lab „cloud for fresh snow". This lead me to the University of Innsbruck at the Unit Structure & Design, where I am researching in the field of self-organized wooden light-weight structures and innovative assembling methods trying to reduce material- and energy-consumption. From February to April 2016 I was invited "Researcher in Residence" at Unitec in Auckland. In the summerterm 2017 Univ. Prof. Kern from the TU-Vienna has invited me to teach in the field of my ongoing PhD - link. In Innsbruck I am leading the interdisciplinary R&D - PPP Project Neuschneewolke as a structural designer - link.
Private: I am married to Elisabeth Klasz. I enjoy my fatherhood with our children Ida and Tamara.
David Trubridge, New Zealand - link
Jeff Thomson, New Zeland - link
Thomas Michl, Nürnberg - link
Vojtech Vlk, Prag - link
Jutta Katharina Kierchl, Thaur - link
Georg Lebzelter, Wien - link
Paul Woodruffe, Auckland
Alison Grace Martin, Italy - link
„Silence is a source of great strength". Lao Tzu
I live and work in a 300year old house in the mountains close to Innsbruck. The photo shows the view out of my studio in the attic. The beauty of nature - the clear contrast and balance between rock and wood as well as coldness and warmth - inspires my work. I leave my studio three days a week to research and to teach at the University of Innsbruck at the Unit Structure & Design. Sometimes I follow the invitations to workshops or lectures abroad.
Team: Thank you to my employee and partner Georg Kleeberger (2008-2014) and to following other employees and freelancers for the very good ongoing friendship and collaboration: Linda Schwab, Alexander Gogl, Jenny Karl, Carla Baumann, Thomas Seitz, Clemens Gudenus, Arian Fröhlich and Tobias Hauer.