Dirk Zschunke (*1970) studied architecture & urban design at TU Darmstadt & SUNY Buffalo/NY and received his master’s degree in 1999. His career spans over 20 years of professional and academic experiences in Germany, the US & the Netherlands and since 2010 in China. He has worked for industry leading practices such as OMA, KPF or KSP, contributing to a wide range of large-scale public, cultural and mixed-use projects. While teaching at Jiaotong Liverpool University in Suzhou, he joined in 2016 the award winning and internationally operating multidisciplinary design studio IPPOLITO FLEITZ GROUP (ifgroup.org). He is currently running their Shanghai branch office and working on a variety of interior and architecture projects, ranging from residential to commercial and workspace to hospitality.