Barbara Imhof

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    • Barbara Imhof is an internationally active space architect and her projects deal with spaceflight parameters and thus include aspects of sustainability. The designs deal with living with limited resources, minimal and transformable spaces, resource-conserving systems and the spatial implications of related socio-psychological factors. In trans-disciplinary teams she also works in the field of arts-based research and co-chairs the Topical Team of Arts & Science for the European Space Agency. Barbara Imhof is the co-founder and CEO of LIQUIFER Systems Group, an interdisciplinary team consisting of natural scientists, engineers and designers. She is currently leading projects of applied research in the field of bionics, spaceflight, robotics and architecture. Imhof also directs the LIQUIFER team in the EU FP7 project SHEE Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments, a prototype that is being developed for the moon and Mars, and also for terrestrial extremes such as disaster areas. Internationally renowned institutions and space agencies are partners and clients in her work. Barbara Imhof has been publishing books, essays and papers in the fields of space architecture, design and arts-based research. Since 15 years she has been teaching at various prestigious universities, such as the ETH Zurich, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, University of Applied Arts, Vienna and Vienna University of Technology (VUT). She received her education in architecture at the VUT, the Bartlett School, London, SCI-ARC, Los Angeles, and she graduated from the University of Applied Arts in the studio of Wolf Prix. Barbara Imhof has a Master of Science from the International Space University, Strasbourg, and received her doctorate from the Vienna University of Technology.


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