"Challenging architecture starts by perceiving things accurately and opening up spaces of association for me. One must be attentive, dialogical, and empathic. And one must set impulses and accents at precisely the right moment."
Malte, the head of Just Architekten, possesses a special ability to envision, perceive, and sense things. He has a keen sense of timing and the right team by his side to skillfully orchestrate and steer complex processes while always keeping the bigger context in mind.
He is a skilled networker who promotes interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance projects and processes. He acts as a catalyst within his team and communicates effectively – both internally and externally.
His strength in the early phases of a project – the conception, development of ideas, and their implementation into concrete architectural plans – is emphasized by clients. The dynamic relationship between humans and space forms the basis of his architectural thinking.
With a profound interest in the cultural processes inseparably linked to architectural creation, he approaches design with an appreciation for values, history, and the continuous development of existing structures. He respects tradition but is equally open to innovations and strives to create something extraordinary every time.
Malte's professional journey began with studying Romance languages and sociology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Language and society remain determining factors in architecture for him. During his studies, he developed a deep understanding of sociocultural processes expressed in architecture, urban development, and urban planning.
After a study stay in Barcelona, he made the decision to pursue architecture. With a degree in architecture from the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, he took another step abroad and worked at Norman Foster's globally active office in London.
Subsequently, he was admitted to the Master's program in Conceptual Design at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. This opportunity motivated him to return to Frankfurt and refine his design skills at this art school with an internationally oriented architecture class.
Following this phase, Malte worked at the office of Prof. Rang and Prof. Volz on the new construction and conversion of the Innsbruck ice sports hall.
In 2002, he co-founded his own office with Till Burgeff. In 2021, he decided to take over Till Burgeff's shares to give the studio even more of his own touch.
Malte is a member of the Association of German Architects (BDA), the German Design Club (DDC), and the Friends of the German Architecture Museum (DAM). He is actively involved in the Lions Club Frankfurt Römer.
Malte has taught design and construction at various German universities, including Frankfurt, Siegen, and Düsseldorf. Additionally, he regularly serves as a guest critic and jury member in various institutions."