"What architecture means to me today? Innovation! It is and remains the most important task of architecture to give people hope for a common, renewing social perspective."
Ines Miersch-Süß, in a conversation about the future of architecture
— Architecture for the 21st Century —
Ines Miersch-Süß associates her architectural philosophy with the term SUSTAINABILITY MODERNITY. The term was coined by her and means the INNOVATING POWER of ARCHITECTURE for social change.
"SUSTAINABILITY MODERNITY uses the potential of existing technologies, design as a competence for transformation and innovation of society in the 21st century. It takes up the values at the beginning of modernity and thinks them further in corrections. SUSTAINABILITY MODERNITY creates community, healthy living and working conditions and harmonizes people and nature."
Ines Miersch-Süß (born 4 July 1968, Meissen) is a German architect. She has been the owner of MSAO MIERSCH SUESS ARCHITECTURAL OFFICES since 2015 and also leads the MSAO FUTURE FOUNDATION as President from 2017. She is the owner of ART CORPORATES, the experimental interdisciplinary ideas workshop.
Ines Miersch-Süß was born into a working-class family. Her talent for drawing was encouraged at an early age and she was also awarded a prize. In 1985, while still studying for her Abitur (1986), she began evening studies in graphics and painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden (HfBK) and in 1988 began her studies in architecture at the Technische Universität Dresden (diploma 1993). Right at the beginning she came across "Frank Lloyd Wright in Europe" and became acquainted with the comprehensive work of the exceptional architect. Falling Water inspires her. From then on, the "house with a waterfall" became her personal benchmark. An exhibition at the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar in 1988 leads her to the architecture of Mies van der Rohe and his ideal of an architecture of clear structures and flowing floor plans and the connection created between artificial and natural space. In her fifth semester, she took part in the Schinkel competition for the first time and submitted a design for a pontoon bridge between the BEHALA East Harbour and the East Station in Berlin. A study visit to the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura di Andrea Palladio in Vicenza, Italy, in 1991, where she met Mario Botta and Kenneth Frampton, among others, was formative. She researches the Andrea Palladio buildings in the Veneto as well as the complete architectural work of the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa.
In 1991/92, a scholarship from the CIES (Centre international des étudiants et stagiaires) enabled her to spend time in Paris at the Écolé d'Architecture Nanterre La Défense and to study urban planning with a focus on "Forme urbane" and "Programmation Urbane". In Paris, her interest in the more philosophical-theoretical aspects of architecture also awakens and she intensively studies deconstructivism, especially the theories of Jean-François Lyotard. The term master planning first gained significance in Paris through the Grands Projets, a renewal programme for the city of Paris initiated by François Mitterrand from the 1970s to the 1990s.
In 1993, Ines Miersch-Süß achieved a first architectural innovation with her design for a forum concert hall for the Dresden Philharmonic. The glass shell of the Philharmonie encloses a clearly visible concert hall in the shape of a shoebox, whose interior has the form of an arena and was designed for 1450 seats. At the time, this was still pure dreams of the future, for it was not until 23 years later that a very similar oval was actually built - with Berlin's Pierre Boulez Hall, which Frank O. Gehry realised completely independently, but as a chamber concert hall with up to 682 seats.
From 1994 to 1995 she returns to Italy, Florence and Pisa. She devotes herself to the Italian architectural understanding of design and material. Completion of the first commission of a restoration design of five private country houses of the Fattoria Usigliano.
Back in Dresden in 1996, she designs the exhibition Sitzen (Sitting) at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum together with the set designer Thomas Hamann. 1997 she receives the Schinkel Special Prize of the Berliner Messe GmbH for the design for the renovation of the exhibition grounds for the International Aerospace Exhibition Berlin (today officially: ILA Berlin Air Show).
1997-2017 20 years as an expert in museum planning and cultural heritage. Reconceptualisation of the architecture of the Dresden Residenzschloss as a museum centre for use by four museums and the General Directorate of the Dresden State Art Collections, numerous master plans for museum buildings as well as for the Saxon Museum Landscape i.A.. Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art; specialist planning for the repositioning of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel; various master plans and museum developments in the remit of the Senate Chancellery of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Department of Cultural Affairs; in 2013, her overall concept lays the foundation for the repositioning of the Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design and the important Gropius Building; project management for the exhibition architectures of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace, redesign of the architecture with exhibition for the Minden Cathedral Treasury.
2015 Retreat & relaunch of MSAO MIERSCH SUESS ARCHITECTURAL OFFICES as a German-international design, engineering and innovation studio for architecture, urban design as well as engineering structures. MSAO has been a member of the BCECC, the Brussels-based Belgian Chinese Chamber of Commerce, since 2021. THINKING THE TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY is project philosophy of innovative architecture and master plans for innovation region design, industry, culture and education. Ines Miersch-Süß acts as Principle Architect and is responsible for business development as owner. MSAO participates in selected international competitions with innovation character such as the ideas competition for the design of the capital region Berlin Brandenburg 2070.
In 2017, the MSAO FUTURE FOUNDATION was founded, which Ines Miersch-Süß leads on a voluntary basis as President and with the support of the Foundation's Board of Trustees and as a commitment. The foundation is an international forum for shaping the future and official partner of the NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS.
Ines Miersch-Süß has been married to civil engineer Holger Süß since 2002. They live in Dresden and Berlin. They have two daughters together (18 and 22). Their daughter Patricia Süß (22) is studying mechanical engineering (aerospace) at RWTH Aachen University. Her daughter Gioia Felicitas Süß will graduate from high school in 2021.
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