Markus Appenzeller

Director & founding partner of MLA+

Markus Appenzeller (c)Maarten van Haaff/More Europe

Born in Tubingen, Germany, 1972, Markus holds a professional degree in banking business. He studied law, architecture and urban planning in Konstanz, Stuttgart and Chicago. He graduated in 2003 from Stuttgart University. In his early career Markus worked for UnitA Architects (Stuttgart), Fink & Jocher Architects (Munich) and in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Rotterdam).

Overall, Markus has been in charge of large scale architecture and urban planning projects in China and across Europe. Before founding MLA+ Markus was Director at KCAP Architects&Planners in Rotterdam (2006 – 2011), where he was design leader for the Olympic Legacy Masterplan for London and the masterplan for the Central Business District of Beijing. For the central area of Shenzhen, Markus headed a team to develop a regeneration strategy that sets an example for a new form of urban transformation in China. Also, he has been the project architect of OMA’s masterplan for White City in London. In 2011 he set up MLA+ with Gerard Maccreanor and Richard Lavington.

Markus is a regular guest critic at the AA School of Architecture in London, has lectured at several schools across Europe and has been teaching at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He also writes on various topics of contemporary urbanism and advises companies in how to operate in other countries and cultural environments.

An EU-wide foreign cultural policy is the missing piece for what could become Europe’s field of global leadership in the 21st century – Culture and creative industry.

Diversity currently is considered a weak point in all fields of EU politics – with the exception of culture. Instead of confessing weakness a European Foreign Cultural policy can communicate strength.