MArch, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UK), 1998 Dipl. Ing. (Architecture and Design), State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart (Germany), 1994
Registered Architect: Germany
Selected Honors and Distinctions:
Certified Cabinet Maker, Technical College Stuttgart (Germany), 1987
Associate Professor Esther Hagenlocher's professional practice and research focuses on the design of individual pieces, small spaces and exhibitions. She teaches interior architecture, architecture, and furniture design studios, as well as courses and seminars on contemporary design and interior construction elements.
A certified cabinet maker and registered architect, Hagenlocher explores ways to integrate custom built-in pieces and multiple pre-fabricated elements in residential, exhibition, and gallery spaces. She mines the past as a resource, fusing it with the present to suit our changing models for living and working.
Working with Kauffmann Theilig Architects, Hagenlocher developed the design of a traveling outdoor set for Mercedes-Benz, a project which expanded to include coordinating the realization of Ron Arad's "Cross your T's" stacking chair for the Tokyo Motor Show in 1996 and collaborating with Matthias Schuler of Transsolar to create a method of distributing fresh air through wind channels for an 18,000 sf pavilion in Hanover, Germany. With Atelier Markgraph, she developed a competition outline, "Future of Mobility," and served on the competition jury for Daimler-Benz.
Through an ongoing collaboration with Clear Fog Ambient Communications, she has designed a gallery space for an installation by Brian Eno and Lumen in Swarowski, Austria, contributed to the stage design and seating for a Lou Reed tour, and consulted on the re-use of vernacular Malaysian Kampong houses. Her diverse portfolio includes interior design for a traveling circus and concept design for a club and restaurant in Frankfurt, Germany.
Hagenlocher's residential work varies from a 6,100 sf residence for three generations, with a gallery, garden, and low energy concept also developed with Schuler, to the interior design of a guest/study room and library for a 1,200 sf London flat with frequent collaborators Sabine Storp and Patrick Weber. Their past collaborations also includes a successful entry in a Gaggenau kitchen competition featured in Hauser Magazine in 2003. Hagenlocher's work has appeared in 150 Best Apartment Ideas (Harper Collins, 2007), Temporary Buildings (Gingko Press, 2001), and several periodicals including Atelier Markgraph Monograph, AIT Magazine, andWettbewerbe Aktuell.
While still in school, Hagenlocher won design competitions for a corporate headquarters, a residential land use plan, and a heavy timber bridge, and completed internships at Pentagram and Boyer Langlance Batchelor in London.
She is a member of the German Werkbund DWB, where she served on the board of directors from 1999 to 2003.