Key Speaker

Wolfram Putz

Wolfram is a founding partner (along with Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit) and CEO of GRAFT – a studio conceived as a “label” for architecture, urban planning, exhibition design, music and the “pursuit of happiness”.

GRAFT’s work is spread across four distinct areas: a think tank that undertakes consultancy, lectures, workshops, publications and research; an urban planning, architecture, interior, mobile installations and product design studio; a design agency focused on brand environments, including corporate identity and corporate design; and a product arm, focused on product research, innovation, development, and distribution.

GRAFT opened its first office in Los Angeles in 1998, later opening studios in Berlin (2001) and Beijing (2004). Since then, it has been commissioned to design and manage a wide range of projects, many of which have resulted in national and international awards recognition, in a variety of project locations, including Germany, China, UAE, Russia, Georgia, in the U.S. and Mexico.

In 2009, GRAFT co-founded Solarkiosk, designing a flat-pack solar-powered kiosk to provide a sustainable energy source for off-grid communities in fast-developing African, Asian and Latin American countries. Since 2015, the practice has also been developing sustainable modular housing systems to allow fast construction of refugee accommodation. In 2018, GRAFT worked with Marianne Birthler to curate ‘Unbuilding Walls’, the German exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Wolfram studied architecture at the Technical University Braunschweig (Germany) and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City (USA). He received a Master of Architecture at the Southern Californian Institute of Architecture, SCI Arc, in Los Angeles in 1998. After a visiting professorship in 2008-2009 and an acting professorship in 2016-2017 at the RWTH Aachen, he has been a visiting professor at the TU Delft in 2017-18.