After finishing his studies at the University of Dortmund and working for a time as assistant professor at Technical University of Darmstadt, Ralf Petersen founded an office for architecture in Dortmund (Ruhr-Area). His very first project, a resource-conscious building for Allopro Medical Technology, won Germany’s DEUBAU Prize for young architects.
Holistic concepts and experimental processes have been the basis of Petersen’s work ever since. He collaborates with engineers, urban planners, artists and economists and moved his office to Berlin in 2008. Projects include HG Grammer AG, Emscher Pavillon, F40 Berlin, House Bergermann, @55, Olpe 39, von Galen Street, Decathlon Herne, PLUS Endoprothetik, PORSCHE and BWM Architekten. Many of those projects earned awards, including the DEUBAU-Prize, BDA Architecture Award, German Award for Steel Construction, German Award for Wooden Structures, Architecture Award of WestHyp-Foundation, German Building Developer Prize and the German Prize for Lighting-Design.
Petersen has shown his work in such venues as the Biennale d’archittetura di Venezia (I), Royal Institute of British Architects London (GB), Academy of Fine Arts Berlin, German Chamber of Architects Bonn, German Chamber of Architects Berlin, IUAV University of Venice (I) and Arsenale di Verona (I).
In addition to working as an architect, Petersen has taught at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Nancy (France), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen (Denmark), RWTH Aachen (Germany), University Wuppertal (Germany), Aarhus School of Architecture (Denmark) and Luxun-Academy Shenyang (China). In 2012 he was appointed professor of Design + Construction at the HFT Stuttgart.