atelier: noun . /əˈtel.i.eɪ
    plural at·el·iers

1. a workshop or studio for an artist or a designer 2. a place to train the skills of a craft 3. old French: a carpenter’s workshop

Designing is the act of thinking through various scales, relationships, disciplines and stakeholders in order to arrive at an appropriate (built) form.

Atelier for Design focuses on durable architecture that is both thoughtful in form and responsible in craft. With roots in Belgium and transplanted to the US, the office brings a variety of knowledge in areas such as material application, housing typologies and energy efficient building strategies.

Hans-Christian Karlberg teaches in the undergraduate studios at the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota. With students he encourages correlative thinking, i.e. continuously finding ways in which we understand relationships between the detail and the whole, between society and the built form, between theory and practice.

Education is not to be viewed as something like filling a vessel with water but, rather, assisting a flower to grow in its own way “  - Bertrand Russell

The atelier is continuously curious about the multi-layered context surrounding a place and its cultural memory. Unbuilt projects often enjoy another life in writing or drawing.
Areas of interest: durable architecture, the informal city, collective living, public space and craft.

The Atelier is situated on territorial land of the Dakota people.
We acknowledge the indigenous presence and their rights to land & water.

travel sketches made in and around Native American (sacred) sites (link)

contact ph: +1 612 501 0876  //  e: hc @ atelierfordesign [dot] com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License