About Us

STUDIOGRUBER is an international architecture, urbanism and research office based in Pittsburgh, applying architectural thought to different domains.

Our work focuses on spatial practices and the political as articulated through the negotiation of top-down planning and bottom-up transformations of cities. Recent projects investigate our shifting notions of ownership, incited through new technologies and practices of commoning, and the reclaiming of the economies of sharing. The studio’s work explores emerging spaces and communities performing beyond the dichotomy of private and public. 

Our projects engage and challenge prevailing ecologies, inscribed cultural codes and the local socio-political forces at play. We seek to tease out latent potentials from what already exists, aiming at neuralgic interventions. We work collaboratively, as we believe the actual experience of  building and collectively imagining alternate futures can be catalytic for developing more meaningful communities.

STUDIOGRUBER was selected as one of twelve promising Young Viennese Architecture firms (YoVA3), as well as an emerging design talent from the Meuse-Rhine region (ROOTS) in 2010.

Realized projects have been recognized by the Contract World Award, the Austrian Federal Design Prize and the Marianne Brand Prize. Winning competitions include the Europan 11, Graz and a mobile pavllion for Schunck* in Heerlen, NL. Research projects have been granted a Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Stipend, an Academy Schloss Solitude fellowship and grants by the WWTF and the Graham Foundation. At CMU his work has been supported by a Gruger and Berkman grant, a CFA grant for Research and Creativity and Wimmer fellowship by the Eberly Center.


STUDIOGRUBER was founded by Stefan Gruber. He has over 15 years of professional experience designing internationally at a wide range of scales. Prior to starting his own practice, he worked as project leader for Diller Scofidio+Renfro. He is a licensed architect in Germany and holds a professional degree (Dipl. Ing. summa cum laude) from the Technical University Aachen, Germany and post-graduate degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MScAAD with honors) from Columbia University of New York City.

Stefan Gruber is the Lucien and Rita Caste Assistant Professor in Architecture and Urban Design at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture. He serves as Track Chair of the Master of Urban Design (MUD) program.

Stefan is currently co-curating the travelling exhibition and publication An Atlas of Commoning with ARCH+ and ifa to open in the Summer of 2018 in Berlin. Together with Anette Baldauf, Stefan initiated Spaces of Commoning, an interdisciplinary research project on commoning, artistic practices and the city, assembling  a team of six funded by the Wiener Wissenschafts and Technologie Fond for two years and which is documented in the eponymous book (Sternberg, 2016). Other book publications include a social fiction The Report (MAK, Museum for Applied Arts Vienna, 2015 with STEALTH.unlimited and Paul Currion); Big! Bad? Modern: Four Megabuildings in Vienna (Park Books, 2015 with Antje Lehn, Angelika Schnell et al.); and Vienna: Slow Capital (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2011 with Lisa Schmidt-Colinet). His writing has appeared in Arch+, Le Monde Diplomatique, Bracket and MonU - Magazine on Urbanism, where Stefan serves as an advisor to the editorial board. Stefan’s research was awarded a Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Stipend and an Akademie Schloss Solitude residency. He was a Cusanuswerk fellow from 1996 to 2001.