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About Ines Miersch-Süß

“What does architecture mean 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 an interview about the future of architecture



Ines Miersch-Süß (born July 4, 1968, Meissen) is a German architect. She has been the owner of MSAO MIERSCH SUESS ARCHITECTURAL OFFICES since 2015 and has also been President of the MSAO FUTURE FOUNDATION from 2017. She is the owner of the agency for brand management ART CORPORATES.

SUPERMODERNE - Architecture for the 21st Century -

Ines Miersch-Süß connects her architectural philosophy with the concept of SUPERMODERN. The term was coined by her and means the INNOVATIONAL POWER of ARCHITECTURE for social change.

"The SUPERMODERNE uses the potential of the existing technologies, design as competence for transformation and innovation of society in the 21st century. It takes up the values ​​at the beginning of the modern age and thinks them further in corrections. The SUPERMODERNE creates community, healthy living and working conditions and brings people and nature into harmony. "


Ines Miersch-Süß was born into a working-class family. Your talent in drawing is encouraged early on and also honored. As early as 1985, during her Abitur (1986), she completed an evening course in graphics and painting at the Dresden University of Fine Arts (HfBK) and began studying architecture at the Technical University of Dresden in 1988 (Diploma 1993). Right at the beginning she came across "Frank Lloyd Wright in Europe" and got to know the extensive work of the exceptional architect. Falling water inspires them. The "house with a waterfall" is now a personal benchmark. An exhibition at the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar in 1988 leads them to the architecture of Mies van der Rohe and his ideal of an architecture of clear structures and flowing floor plans and the connection between artificial and natural space that this creates. In the fifth semester she takes part in the Schinkel competition for the first time and submits the design of a pontoon bridge between the BEHALA Osthafen and the Ostbahnhof in Berlin. A study visit to the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura di Andrea Palladio in Vicenza, Italy in 1991, during which she met Mario Botta and Kenneth Frampton, among others, was a defining feature. She researches the Andrea Palladio buildings in the Veneto as well as the overall architectural work of the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. In 1991/92, a grant from the CIES (Center international des étudiants et stagiaires) made it possible for her to stay in Paris at the Écolé d’Architecture Nanterre La Défense and study town planning with the two main focuses "Forme urbane" and "Programmation Urbane". In Paris, she was also interested in the more philosophical-theoretical aspects of architecture, and she dealt intensively with deconstructivism, in particular with the theories of Jean-François Lyotard. The term master planning gains meaning in Paris for the first time through the Grand projects, a renewal program initiated by François Mitterrand for the city of Paris from the 1970s to the 1990s. In 1993 Ines Miersch-Süß succeeds with the design for one Forum concert hall the Dresden Philharmonic a first architectural innovation. The glass shell of the Philharmonie encloses a clearly visible concert hall in the form of a shoebox, the interior of which has the shape of an arena and was designed for 1450 seats. At that time it was still a dream of the future, because a very similar oval was not actually built until 23 years later - with the Berlin Pierre Boulez Hall, which Frank O. Gehry realized completely independently, but as a chamber concert hall with up to 682 seats.

Architecture practice

From 1994 to 1995 she returned to Italy, Florence and Pisa. It is dedicated to the Italian understanding of architecture for design and material. Completion of the first project of a restoration project for five private country houses in the Fattoria Usigliano.

Back in Dresden in 1996, she designed the Sitzen exhibition at the German Hygiene Museum with the set designer Thomas Hamann. In 1997 she received the Schinkel Special Prize from Berliner Messe GmbH for the design for the renovation of the exhibition grounds for the International Aerospace Exhibition in Berlin (now officially: ILA Berlin Air Show).

1997-2017 20 years as an expert in museum planning and cultural heritage. Redesign of the architecture of the Dresden Residenzschloss as a museum center 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 by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art; Specialist planning for the repositioning of the Hessen Kassel museum landscape; various master plans and museum developments in the area of ​​responsibility of the Senate Chancellery of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Department of Cultural Affairs; In 2013, with her overall concept, she laid the foundation for the realignment of the Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design and the important Gropius Building; Project management for the exhibition architecture of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace, redesign of the architecture with an exhibition for the Minden Cathedral Treasure.

2015 retreat & relaunch of MSAO MIERSCH SUESS ARCHITECTURAL OFFICES as a German-international design, engineering and innovation studio for architecture, urban planning and civil engineering.MSAO has been a member of NAX, the German architecture export, since 2018. THINKING THE TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY is the project philosophy of innovative architecture and master plans for the design of the innovation region, industry, culture and education. Ines Miersch-Süß works as a Principle Architect and is the owner responsible for business development. MSAO participates in selected international competitions with an innovative character such as the ideas competition for the design of the capital region Berlin Brandenburg 2070.

In 2017, the MSAOFUTURE FOUNDATION, which Ines Miersch-Süß leads as president and with the support of the foundation board of trustees and as a volunteer. The foundation is an international forum for shaping the future in permanent partnership with MSAO MIERSCH SUESS ARCHITECTURAL OFFICES. In 2020 the Fraunhofer Center IMW will become a permanent partner of the foundation. In 2021 the first book publication of the MSAO FUTURE FOUNDATION will be published by DeGruyter Verlag with the title "Libraries and their Architecture in the 21st Century" following the first International Library Summit 2019 in Venice.


Private life

Ines Miersch-Süß has been married to the civil engineer Holger Süß since 2002. You live in Dresden and Berlin. They have two daughters together (16 and 20). Her daughter Patricia Süß (20) is studying mechanical engineering (aerospace) at RWTH Aachen University.



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