Alexander Schwarz studied architecture at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and the Universität Stuttgart, after completing an education in violin making. He has worked for David Chipperfield Architects since 1996, initially in London and since 1998 in Berlin. In 2006 Alexander became a managing director and in 2011 a partner in the Berlin office. As design director, he is responsible for the design of numerous projects and competitions, including the Neues Museum and the James Simon Galerie on Berlin’s Museum Island, the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach and the Museum Folkwang in Essen. Through his academic commitments, Alexander furthermore combines the practice of architecture and research with teaching. In 2015 he assumed the professorship for ‘Public Building and Design’ at the Universität Stuttgart.