Peter Karl Becher

AA Diploma 3 Master

Peter Karl Becher, born in 1968 in Heidelberg, Germany, received his diploma in Architecture from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1995. Gaining a postgraduate diploma in Conceptual Design in 1998 he studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule - in Frankfurt under Enric Miralles, Peter Cook, Stan Allen, Mark Wigley, Wilfried Wang and Cecil Balmond. In 1998 he was granted a student scholarship at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles under Joseph Giovannini and Mike Davis.

From 2003 to 2005 he worked for internationally renowned architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron on the Beijing National Stadium - the Main Stadium for the Olympics 2008, in both Switzerland and China. As senior architect he managed the design of the twin layer membrane roof, primarily living in Beijing in 2004 and 2005.

From 2005 to 2007 he worked as project architect for Herzog & de Meuron (UK) Ltd on a mixed use project in East London combining residential highrise buildings with a medical centre.

In 1996 and 1997, and from 1999 to 2003, he worked for Carsten Roth Architekt, a nationally acclaimed practice in Hamburg, as both project architect and site supervisor. He was a key figure in various award-winning industrial, commercial and cultural buildings and projects in Germany. These include a printing factory and a logistics centre in Röbel, and in Hamburg the office building complex 'Medienpool Waterloohain', the St Nicolai Memorial Meeting Centre and the 'Haus im Haus' competition for the Chamber of Commerce.

In 2007 he established Studio Becher as an international practice for architecture based in London.

Peter Karl Becher is currently leading a diploma unit at the Architectural Association in London. From 2008 to 2010 he led a degree studio at Kingston University, and from 2007 to 2010 he taught diploma at London Metropolitan University with David Grandorge. In 2009/10 he was a visiting tutor at NTNU Trondheim (with Geir Brendeland and Olav Kristoffersen). He has been invited as a guest critic and lecturer to various universities in the UK and abroad, including the Architectural Association, Cambridge University, ETH Zurich, the Bartlett, NTNU Trondheim, University of Bath, University of Braunschweig, University of Darmstadt, London Met and University of East London.

Peter Karl Becher is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is registered with the British Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the German chamber of architects - Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg (AKBW). He is also a member of the Architectural Association (AA), London, and the Städelschule Portikus e.V., Frankfurt.

Peter Karl Becher