Hans Thummel

  • Hans Thummel Science and Technology Architecture SmithGroup Chicago
  • Hans Thummel Science and Technology Architecture SmithGroup Chicago

Advancements in science are in a constant state of evolution. That need to adapt inspires Hans - “It drives us to think outside the norm towards new methods of exploration, planning, design and construction. The most inspired solutions are found by flipping a concept or considering alternatives to conventional approaches”. Hans draws from his experience across a diverse range of building types. “My experience of many large complex projects frames my approach through different lenses.” Both new and existing renovation projects are equally exciting to him. “The methodology of adapting a time-worn structure and knitting it together boldly and gracefully with new contemporary architecture is gratifying”. The play of opposites is evident in Hans’ fascination with the relationship between natural and man-made environments. Outside the studio, you might find Hans behind his blue Vistalite drum set experimenting with his self-taught instinct for percussion. “I considered a career in music and played for a jazz fusion band. Ultimately it was the visual rhythm and improvisation of architecture that re-set my career path.”