A Studio for Interdisciplinary
Space Research and Design


Experimentalization of the Physical-Virtual Space

To understand the unique context of your project and to develop a customized design we offer to conduct so-called Experimental Settings, where we iteratively design spatial configurations and observe them using a new interdisciplinary methodology.



Co-laborative Design Process

In workshops with the future users of a space we identify ideas, requirements and individual wishes and collaboratively develop a design by using various creative methods from design and architecture.



Design Based on Field Investigation

In order to better understand a specific context or organisation we offer a classic field investigation by means such as participant observation or interviews. The resulting insights can be translated into a design proposal.



  • Experimental Zone

    "ArchitecturesExperiments", Research Project at Image Knowlegde Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at Humboldt-University Berlin

    2012 - present

    The project questions the relationship between space and collaborative research processes. This question has been the subject of investigation in our unusual environment since April 2015. Forty scientists from various disciplines have cooperated in the Experimental Zone, whilst also finding themselves the objects of observation. Various spatial configurations have been designed, tested and observed as part of bimonthly experimental settings. Thus, not only has the space itself or forms of collaboration been the subject of research, but also the possibilities of an experimentalisation of how to design space.

  • Budenheim Headquarter and Laboratories (Competition Honorable Mention)

    Henrike Rabe with Niklas Fanelsa


    The open and flexible design for Budenheim's new laboratory and office building was based on analyses of movement and is fostering a working environment between individual and collaborative practices.

  • PhD Research: “Collectives of individualities. Visual artists in the contemporary art fields of Paris and Berlin” (Summa cum laude)

    Séverine Marguin, Leuphana University Lüneburg / EHESS Paris


    Interactions between individuals and collectives in so-called “collectives of individualities” were investigated on the basis of a qualitative ethnographic investigation of contemporary visual artists collectives.

  • Nagareyama Otakanomori School in Chiba, JP (Competition 1st Prize)

    Henrike Rabe with Kazuhiro Kojima+Kazuko Akamatsu/CAt, Tokyo


    In this large new school in Japan a landscape of open classrooms and informal spaces interspersed with green courtyards encourages various types of learning.

  • Diploma dissertation: "Digital Craft Tools" (With distinction)

    Friedrich Schmidgall, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin


    Software prototype demonstrating a interaction concept, that spans both the physical and the virtual design space, thus enabling craft in computer aided design.


ARCHIEXP is a studio for interdisciplinary space research and design. It was founded 2017 by the sociologe Séverine Marguin, the interaction designer Friedrich Schmidgall and the architect Henrike Rabe. The interdisciplinary constellation enables us to design spaces integratively including physical, social and digital aspects. We focus on architectures of knowledge such as offices, libraries, schools, universities, museums and public spaces, from a large urban scale to a small scale of the daily practices. We offer three innovative and interdisciplinary methods, which we have developed at Image Knowlegde Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory at Humboldt-University Berlin: 1. an experimentalization of the physical-virtual space, 2. a co-laborative design process and 3. design based on field investigation.

  • Dr. Séverine Marguin

    She is a Sociologist of work and postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory at Humboldt-University Berlin and at University of the Arts Berlin.

    She obtained her doctoral degree in Sociology of Work and Sociology of Art under the cotutelle joint program between the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris. Her qualitative empirical investigation focused on the relationship between the individual and collective in the context of labour, paying particular attention to the arts in Paris and Berlin.

  • Henrike Rabe

    She is an Architect and a PhD researcher at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory at Humboldt-University Berlin.

    From 2009 until 2012 she was Senior Architect at Kazuhiro Kojima+Kazuko Akamatsu/CAt in Tokyo, where she supervised the planning of universities, schools, media centres and museums in Japan and abroad. She was responsible for three successful competition entries in Japan and for a realised exhibition pavilion at the Yokohama Triennale 2011. Previously, Henrike worked as an architect at Brisac Gonzalez Architects in London and at LIN in Berlin. She graduated in architecture from Technical University Berlin in 2007.

  • Friedrich Schmidgall

    He is an interaction designer and a PhD researcher at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory at Humboldt-University Berlin.

    Friedrich Schmidgall studied the integration of physical and digital interaction in his diploma dissertation on digital craft tools. As part of this project, he developed a tool and an innovative interaction concept enabling craft in computer aided design. Friedrich studied industrial design in Saarbrücken and interaction design at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, where he finished his diploma in 2010.