After graduating in interior architecture and in architecture at the State Academy of Fine Art Stuttgart, I practiced as architect and designer with EPR in London, Greiner en van Goor in Amsterdam, and Behnisch and Partners in Stuttgart. My architectural practice hinkel&schmitt architekten (1995-2005), with offices in Stuttgart and Bamberg, was listed as one of the top 100 architects by Bauwelt from 2002-2005. Reviews on my practice have been published internationally, including in Bauwelt, Detail, form, Monument, Ottagono, Wallpaper, Deutsche Bauzeitung (db), Möbel Design (md), design report, Hochparterre, Melbourne Design Guide, Der Architekt, amongst others.
Key projects include pieces of experimental furniture which won awards in Switzerland, and were short-listed for the Red Dot awards, and exhibited in Kortrijk, Belgium. They also cover a number of architecture awards, from the BDA in Bavaria as well as in Europe-wide competitions, including a triple-sportshall in Saarbrücken.
Since 1996 I have been teaching architecture, interior architecture and design, most recently as Professor of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Konstfack - University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm (since 2014). Before I taught as Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne (2004-2012). I also taught at the Architecture Design Innovation Program (ADIP) at TU Berlin (2009); the University of Stuttgart (2002) and the State Academy of Fine Art in Stuttgart (1996-2001). I presented lectures and was a guest critic at ETH Zürich, Parsons School of Design New York, Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, University of Melbourne, KTH Stockholm, Unitec Auckland, University of Stuttgart, TU Berlin, amongst others.
In 2015 I earned a PhD in Architecture by creative works and a thesis entitled 'Expanding Architectural Agency in Public Space through Atmospheres, Actions and Activism' from the University of Melbourne; I am also a registered architect in the Bavarian Architectural Chamber, a registered architect in Sweden, a board member of the Stockholm Arkitektförening, and a member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA. At RMIT University in Melbourne I was a founding member of the Urban Interior Research Group; a founding member of the The Untitled Collective, based in Australia and Sweden; as well as a member of the Design Research Institute DRI. I also served as a curator at the Weissenhof architecture gallery in Stuttgart, where I inaugurated the Weissenhof-Architekturförderpreis in 2004. Also in 2004, I initiated and co-curated the Bamberg program for the Architecture Week (A2) in Bavaria.
Published key essays include 'Atmospheres and Occassions of Informal Urban Practice' (with Mick Douglas) in Architectural Theory Review (ATR, Francis & Taylor, 2012) and 'Spatial Hardware and Software' in Architectural Design (AD, Wiley 2008). I am editor of The Society of Interiors (AADR, 2016), Urban Interior-informal explorations, interventions and occupations (Spurbuchverlag, 2011), Notions of Space (Craft Victoria, 2008) and guest editor of Stadtbauwelt Melbourne (Stadtbauwelt, 2005).
I disseminate my practice and research at international conferences and have presented lectures and curated roundtable discussions, where like-minded practitioners and academics from a diversity of fields meet. In the past I curated the 'Urban Interior Roundtables' in Berlin (Kubus, Volksbühne Berlin, 2009) and Melbourne (RMIT University, 2009 and 2010), the 'Relational Participation Roundtable' (ADIP, TU Berlin, 2011) and the 'Homefullness Roundtable' (Fargfabriken Stockholm, 2012).
Besides, I am the curatorial editor of AADR - Art Architecture Design Research, a publishing endeavour that brings out books and journals with a focus on the connection between critical thinking and creative practice.
I see the role of the academy to question and expand the profession; I like to see my role as an educator to enable and to encourage students to develop their own ideas for a future profession and a future world.
Photography of Prof. Hinkel: Photography Mikael Olsson, Stockholm