Christian Helfrich studied architecture at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and has been working as a qualified architect since 1991. Before joining David Chipperfield Architects in 2001, he worked at several Berlin-based architectural practices. At David Chipperfield Architects Christian has led the design of a diverse range of projects including the Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg, a laboratory building for Novartis in Basel and a residential ensemble in Hangzhou, China. Christian became an associate in 2006. Further to his role as project architect, he is responsible for overall team management in the Berlin office.