BOARD (Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design) was founded in 2005 and is active in many fields: as an architecture and urban design practice, as a research board and as a platform for comparative analysis on urban issues through its bi-annual journal MONU – Magazine on Urbanism. BOARD won several prizes recently in prestigious international architecture and urban design competitions. Among others: The New Headquarter for Wexford County Council in Ireland; the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Estonia; and the House of Arts and Culture in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2006 BOARD collaborated with STAR – strategies + architecture and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) to update the study “The Image of Europe” that was exhibited in April 2006 in the centre of Vienna, Austria during Austria’s presidency of the European Union. In 2008 BOARD was listed as one of the “Top Ten emerging offices under 40″ in the Netherlands by NIB (New Italian Blood) in collaboration with Hans Ibelings and the A10 Magazine. Since 2012 BOARD is part of the group, led by STAR, that has been choosen as one of the new six teams of architects and urban planners appointed by the Atelier International Grand Paris (AIGP) to be part of the Scientific Committee for the mission: Grand Paris: pour une métropole durable.
Bernd Upmeyer is the founder of BOARD and editor in chief of MONU – magazine on urbanism. He studied architecture and urban design at the University of Kassel (Germany) and the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands). In 1999 he was awarded with the prestigious biannual research award “Deutscher Studienpreis” donated by the Koerber Stiftung for a study project on new urban design methods and in 2000 he was awarded with an Architecture Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Before opening his own practice, he worked in several Dutch architecture offices, including NL Architects and Bosch Architects. From 2004 until 2008 he taught and did research as Assistant Professor at the department for Urban and Architectural Studies at the University of Kassel. In 2010 he taught as Adjunct Professor at the department of Urban Design at the HafenCity University Hamburg. In 2012 he was guest critic at the Berlage Institute‘s first-year postgraduate research studio “Anarcity”.