Lars Gräbner teaches architecture, urban design and advanced construction methods. In 2004 he co-founded VolumeOne with Gerrit Grigoleit, an architectural practice based in Detroit and Berlin. Gräbner focuses on urban design and innovative housing in various scales, exploring the built environment under social considerations, and the advancement of building performance, especially in sustainable aspects.
Lars Gräbner grew up in Germany and studied architecture in Hannover/Germany, Copenhagen/Denmark, and Berlin/Germany. He received his professional degree at the Universität Hannover and has been awarded the 1996 'Preis der Universität Hannover' for Outstanding Work at the Department of Architecture. Gräbner gained his experience in urban design, project development as well as construction documentation in several architectural offices since 1995, where he was lead designer and project architect for many residential, public, and urban projects. Beginning with the successful competition for the 'Extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum' in London (1995), Gräbner functioned as lead designer for some 25 projects at Studio Daniel Libeskind, an international architectural firm, then based in Berlin. The projects ranged from scenography and exhibitions, to theaters, museums, and large urban design projects.
He is a licensed Architect since 2004. With his own practice at VolumeOne, Lars Gräbner specializes in residential and public projects with the combination of urban design challenges. The focus lies on the interdisciplinary approach to the projects, where he involves specialists from the various fields. He contributed with innovative concepts in numerous competitions worldwide. Recently, Lars Gräbner had been commissioned a residence in northern Germany, completed in 2009, and a villa on Mallorca, Spain, to be completed in 2011. He has projected several mixed-use developments in downtown Detroit. With the successful submittal for the competition for the Anhui Province Acrobatic Center (March 2011), Gräbner expanded his international practice to China, where he contributes to larger urban design projects and signature buildings.
Lars Gräbner has been involved in the research project on didactics with Prof. Marc Angélil as well as on urban morphology (Netzstadt) under Prof. Franz Oswald at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Currently, Lars is collaborating with Harry Giles on the interdisciplinary research project on medium rise, high-density modular housing. With his own research on Detroit since 2000, Gräbner contributed recently to the forthcoming publication on Mapping Detroit (published by the Wayne State University Press), where he develops an urban strategy in conjunction of the restructuring efforts of the city.
Lars Gräbner taught Architectural Design in Zurich/Switzerland, Karlsruhe/Germany, and currently teaches design and coordinates the Construction II Course at the University of Michigan. Besides teaching full time in the graduate and undergraduate levels, Lars has conducted study abroad classes, studying housing, urban design and sustainable practices in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and currently also in China.