Born 1965 in Stuttgart, Germany.
He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart, The Cooper Union, New York and Princeton University from 1986 to 1994. Since 1996 he has taught at several universities, e.g. at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Berlin, at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University in Cambridge, at the Architectual Association School of Architecture in London and currently at Columbia University in New York.
The architecture firm “J. MAYER H.” he founded in 1996 acts within the interface of architecture, communication and new technology. Important aspects of their projects are the application of intelligent technologies and the investigation of newest materials. Cooperative teams develop and realize installations, city planning concepts, international competitions and multi-disciplinary space research.
Recent projects are the cafeteria of the Hochschule Karlsruhe and Metropol Parasol (the redesign of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Sevilla), the extention of “Danfoss Universe”, a natural science and technical adventure park and ADA!, a new office building in Hamburg on the Alster.
Other projects were the “Stadthaus“ in the Scharnhauser Park in Ostfildern (2001), HeatSeat (a temperature-sensitive furniture, 2001), the Stylepark Lounge (UIA Congress Berlin 2001) and a work for the S-Bahn Berlin (antigraffiti design, 1998).
The works of J. MAYER H. were shown in numerous exhibitions, e.g. at “Housewarming II” in Disappeared, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago (1996); “Gästebuch als Gast (Dokumenta)” at Walter König Buchhandlung, documenta X, Kassel (1996); “Deutsches Architektur-Zentrum, Hans-Schäfers prize (1998); “Space/Sight/Self“ at the Smart Museum, Chicago (1998/1999); “GSD“ at Harvard University, Cambridge (USA); “Liste 99“ at Art Basel; Galerie Loop (both 1999); E.Gram during Ars Electronica, Art+Tek Institut Linz; “Raum und Mensch im Wandel“ during EXPO 2000, Hannover; “Open Spaces, Leer/Limit/Landschaft“, Stuttgart (both 2000); “Archilab”, Orleans (2001); “Warm Up Table“, Armory Art Fair, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York; “The Berlin Files“, DeChiara Gallery, New York (both 2002); “InHeat” (Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, USA, 2005); “New Faces” (NAI – Netherlands Architecture Institute, Maastricht 2006); P.A.N. (Progressive Architecture Network, Frederieke Taylor, New York 2006).
J. MAYER H. architects were also represented with several projects at the MoMA in New York and the San Francisco MoMA. The works of the office were awarded with numerous international prizes, e.g. the Mies-van-der-Rohe-Prize (Emerging Architects) and the Holcim Awards 2005 Bronze Europe for lasting architecture.