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Zirkular GmbH
Dornacherstrasse 192
4053 Basel
+41 61 337 84 08
info@zirkular.net

Zirkular GmbH
Hohlstrasse 418
8048 Zurich
+41 44 451 98 80
info@zirkular.net

Pascal Hentschel
Graduate Engineer in Architecture
Management

Pascal Hentschel has been working for partner company baubüro in situ since 2014 and is also a co-founder of Zirkular. Since 2023 he is part of the management board and coordinates the areas of specialist planning and component hunting. His experience in building with reused materials goes back to his time in the Netherlands where he worked at Superuse Studios in 2008. Since then, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge as an architect in the implementation of reuse projects and in 2020, together with Marc Angst, realized the multi-award-winning pioneering project Halle 118 in Winterthur.

Jasmin Amann
Architect MSc.

Jasmin studied architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During her studies, she focused on the area of sustainable construction with a focus on the reuse of building components. An internship at baubüro in situ gave her the opportunity to put what she had learned into practice. Since summer 2021, she has been working as a component hunter and reuse expert at Zirkular. In 2022/23, she supported the visiting professorship of Kerstin Müller and Oliver Seidel at the KIT Faculty of Architecture on the topic of “Sustainable Materials for a new Architectural Practice – Entering a Circular Economy” as a research assistant.

Charlotte Bofinger
Structural Engineer, MSc. in Engineering
CAS ETH Regenerative Materials

Charlotte studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart. She has been working at Zirkular since May 2020 where her knowledge from her master’s degree with a focus on modeling and simulation, her work as a structural engineer, and her numerous continuing education courses and self-study on regenerative construction all flow into one another.
Together with Basil Rudolf, she is responsible for the area of building science at Zirkular, tackling questions and processes concerning the reuse of load-bearing components as well as for the life cycle assessment of reuse projects.
Privately, she is also committed to a feminist building revolution: During intensive periods with the Rethink Materials Kollektiv and Architects for Future Germany, most recently in the context of the exhibition Queens of Structure.

Barbara Buser
Architect
Network & Acquisition

Barbara is a qualified architect (ETH) with an additional certification in the topic of building energy studies. Among many other projects, she founded the Bauteilbörse Basel association and the Bauteilnetz Schweiz parent organization in 1995 as well as our sister firm baubüro in situ in 1998. Through her extensive work and leadership, Barbara has been shaping reuse in the construction industry for 30 years. Without her, Zirkular would not exist. Barbara continues to be actively involved in the team as an expert in circular construction.

Kensia Klingert
Component Hunter
Anna Niessing
Architect MSc.

Anna studied architecture at the RWTH in Aachen. During her studies, she focused more and more on building in existing contexts and the reuse of building materials. In 2021/22, she worked for a Norwegian digital reuse platform as a circular building advisor and gained her first practical experience in the field of reuse in Germany. She is also involved in volunteering for a change in the construction industry. Since 2023, she has worked as a reuse expert and project manager at Zirkular in Basel.

Basil Rudolf
Building Physicist

Basil made his debut in the construction industry with his apprenticeship as a metalworker. After his years as a craftsman, he remained loyal to metal, but switched from the trades to the office when he began studying engineering. Pursuing specialized study and work at both the university and in the private sector, he acquired diverse knowledge in the development, testing and certification of window and glazing systems. In search of sustainable construction methods, material diversity and instruments for ecological evaluation, he then landed in the field of building physics. Wanting to use his training and experiences for an effective sustainable impact, Basil joined Zirkular in 2021. He now oversees the area of technical building physics together with Charlotte Bofinger.

Julia Schöni
Illustrator

After completing her training as an architectural draftsperson, Julia pursued a bachelor’s degree in Fiction Illustration at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and graduated in the summer of 2020. She has been working at Zirkular since December 2021 and is responsible for visual communications.

Dario Vittani
Architect BA

After completing his apprenticeship as an architectural draftsperson, Dario worked in an architectural firm in Zurich and obtained his professional baccalaureate. In 2018, he completed his bachelor’s degree in architecture at the ZHAW in Winterthur. Since 2019, he worked at baubüro in situ on various projects, making a significant contribution to the processes of reuse and component hunting, skills he now brings to his position at Zirkular.  He most recently supported the project Hobelwerk Haus D in Winterthur as a reuse specialist planner. He is supervisor for building surveys and handles the processes of cataloging and procurement of reuse builidng components. In addition to his work at Zirkular, he also studies archaeology part-time at the University of Zurich.

Kerstin Müller
Architect FSA I specialist partner ecobau
Management

Kerstin Müller is an architect and managing director at Zirkular. Previously, she was a member of the management board of baubüro in situ, Basel. She represents the German Chamber of Architects in the climate advisory board of the city of Lörrach. Since 2022 she holds a visiting professorship at the KIT Faculty of Architecture in Karlsruhe. Since 2023, she has been a member of the design advisory board of the city of Friedrichshafen and co-leader of the newly developed Swiss CAS Circular Building.

Pascal Angehrn
Designer
Network & Acquisition

Pascal graduated from the ZHdK as an industrial designer in 2010. Since 2017 he has been a member of the management team and board of directors of our sister firm, baubüro in situ. In this roll, he acts as a bridge between the offices, supporting reuse projects and making the best use of the synergies between the firms and their teams.

Rebecca Brandmayer
Architect BA

Rebecca completed her Bachelor in Architecture at the Technical University of Munich in 2021. From November 2021 to February 2023, she supported Zirkular as a component hunter. Afterwards, she started her master studies at the Technical University of Berlin and continues to support Zirkular part-time in the areas of digitalization and process development.

Blanca Garcia Gardelegui
Architect MSc.

Blanca is an architect and researcher, expert in a sustainable and social approach to the design of projects ranging from the reuse of materials to the circular economy of local resources. Blanca has been a reuse expert at Zirkular since the beginning of 2022. Blanca teaches at the AA Summer School dealing with the circularity of resources. Previously, she was a researcher at ETH Zurich and at KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and taught at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. With a background in design, Blanca has worked with Kosmos Architects to design prototypes in the context of circularity. After her studies at ETSAB Barcelona, she worked for Herzog & de Meuron for five years.

Laia Sofia Meier
Architect BA

Laia has been studying architecture at ETH Zurich since 2017. During her bachelor’s degree, she completed various internships in which she gained construction site experience. She is currently completing her master’s degree, in which she is also involved in the working group for sustainability at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. Laia joined Zirkular in February 2021 via a one-year internship as a component hunter. Since her personal interests revolve primarily around the intersections between architecture, the environment, the climate crisis, and activism, working at Zirkular was an obvious choice. The position turned out to be such a good fit that Laia switched to a permanent position after her internship. At Zirkular, in addition to component hunting, she is involved in the development of a digital tool for circular building and organizes deconstruction workshops for students and interested architecture professionals.

Selma Popp
Component Hunter

Selma has been studying architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar since 2020. During her bachelor’s degree, she first worked as a student trainee at DETAIL magazine and then began a six-month internship at Zirkular. Since August 2023 she has been permanently employed at Zirkular as a component hunter.

Chris Rüegg
Construction Manager

Chris gained experience on the construction site as a team leader and specialist for civil and geotechnical engineering in Switzerland, but also in Asia and the Middle East. In 2017, he joined baubüro in situ as a construction manager. With his versatile experience, he contributed significantly to the realization of complex projects such as the site development Lysbüchel in Basel North, the conversion of the ELYS Kultur- und Gewerbehaus and the reconstruction of the Klinikhotel Schützen in Rheinfelden. Due to his special interest in process management, controlling and digitalization, he focused on deepening his expertise in these areas. In 2022, he moved to Zirkular to further expand the acquired competencies in digitalization and project management in the field of construction with reused materials.

Alexander Schorfmann
Architect BA

Im Jahr 2019 schloss Alexander sein Architekturstudium an der Leibniz Universität in Hannover erfolgreich ab. Auf der Suche nach praktischer Erfahrung entschied er sich für eine Ausbildung zum Zimmerer. Durch seine Mitgliedschaft bei Architects 4 Future entdeckte er die Potenziale der Wiederverwendung für nachhaltiges Bauen. Seit 2023 arbeitet er bei Zirkular in Zürich und konzentriert sich auf die Entwicklung der Bereiche Gebäudescreening und Bauteiljagd.

Andreas Oefner
PhD in History
Management

Andreas Oefner is on the management board of Zirkular. He is responsible for the personnel, administrative and financial aspects of the company. After completing an apprenticeship as an architectural draftsperson, Andreas has worked for baubüro in situ since 2006 with some intermittent pauses. In parallel, he studied history in Basel and Bern and received his doctorate in the fall of 2020.

Marc Angst
ReUse Expert

After an apprenticeship as a draftsperson and several years of work experience in Vevey and Bordeaux, Marc began his studies as a spatial planner with a focus on urban planning at the HSR in Rapperswil. At baubüro in situ he has been working for years as a project manager for circular and sustainable construction practices. In this context, he realized the pilot project Kopfbau Halle 118 in Winterthur as a project manager together with Pascal Hentschel, decisively advancing reuse in Switzerland. As co-founder of Zirkular, Marc is strongly involved in the development and research of reuse processes in construction.

Noémie Bretz
Architect

After receiving her diploma in architecture in Lyon and Strasbourg, Noémie expanded her knowledge in the field of archaeology at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture in Strasbourg. After graduation, she worked as an architect in Basel until the summer of 2018, when she took a one-year sabbatical, cycling along the 13,645 km Mediterranean coast. Back at work, she realized a residential building for a cooperative as part of a team from preliminary project to submission, including participatory workshops and virtual reality. Noémie is involved in the association C3F – Climat 3 Frontières, where the project team, together with local youth, installed exchange boxes in Huningue and St. Louis. She has been working as an architect for Zirkular since the end of 2022, where she can contribute her expertise in building within the circular economy.

Joel Gerth
Component Hunter
Christoph Müller
Graduate Engineer in Architecture

Christoph is a co-founder of Zirkular and advises real estate developers and architects. His focus is on strategies for the preservation of buildings and planning support for the reuse of building components. He received his architectural education from the Vienna University of Technology. Before joining Zirkular, he worked as a project manager at baubüro in situ with a focus on “Simple Housing” for refugees. Earlier in his career, he also worked at the United Nations and international NGOs in the field of “humanitarian shelter”.

Franziska Quandt
Public Relations

Franziska studied architecture in Karlsruhe. She worked as an architect and architectural journalist in Berlin and Zurich. Since 2022 she is responsible for the coordination of public relations at Zirkular.

Leonhard Schönfelder
MSc. Integrated Building Systems

Leonhard started his career in the construction industry as a carpenter in Berlin. After initial work experience in various carpentry shops and on construction sites in Switzerland, Australia and Germany, he broadened his professional horizons by studying architecture at the TU Berlin. During an Erasmus stay in Rennes in France, Leonhard dealt with the topics of sustainable building and BIM in the studio of Philippe Madec. Here he encountered texts by Ingrid Bertin, who deals with the connection between BIM and reused building elements. The resulting fascination drove him all the way to ETH Zurich, where he completed his master’s degree in Integrated Building Systems with a focus on digital circular economy in construction. With his affinity for digital ways of working, he has been supporting Zirkular in the collection of used building components since January 2023.

Janine Umiker
Architect MSc.

Janine studied architecture at ETH Zurich and then gained experience in various Zurich architectural offices. Along the way, she became passionately involved in collectives dealing with topics such as architecture, sustainability and activism. She is a member of the Flinta* Baukollektiv (Flinta* Building collective) and is involved in both practical construction and the organization of workshops. She has been working as a component hunter at Zirkular since 2024.

Pascal Hentschel
Graduate Engineer in Architecture
Management

Pascal Hentschel has been working for partner company baubüro in situ since 2014 and is also a co-founder of Zirkular. Since 2023 he is part of the management board and coordinates the areas of specialist planning and component hunting. His experience in building with reused materials goes back to his time in the Netherlands where he worked at Superuse Studios in 2008. Since then, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge as an architect in the implementation of reuse projects and in 2020, together with Marc Angst, realized the multi-award-winning pioneering project Halle 118 in Winterthur.

Jasmin Amann
Architect MSc.

Jasmin studied architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During her studies, she focused on the area of sustainable construction with a focus on the reuse of building components. An internship at baubüro in situ gave her the opportunity to put what she had learned into practice. Since summer 2021, she has been working as a component hunter and reuse expert at Zirkular. In 2022/23, she supported the visiting professorship of Kerstin Müller and Oliver Seidel at the KIT Faculty of Architecture on the topic of “Sustainable Materials for a new Architectural Practice – Entering a Circular Economy” as a research assistant.

Charlotte Bofinger
Structural Engineer, MSc. in Engineering
CAS ETH Regenerative Materials

Charlotte studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart. She has been working at Zirkular since May 2020 where her knowledge from her master’s degree with a focus on modeling and simulation, her work as a structural engineer, and her numerous continuing education courses and self-study on regenerative construction all flow into one another.
Together with Basil Rudolf, she is responsible for the area of building science at Zirkular, tackling questions and processes concerning the reuse of load-bearing components as well as for the life cycle assessment of reuse projects.
Privately, she is also committed to a feminist building revolution: During intensive periods with the Rethink Materials Kollektiv and Architects for Future Germany, most recently in the context of the exhibition Queens of Structure.

Barbara Buser
Architect
Network & Acquisition

Barbara is a qualified architect (ETH) with an additional certification in the topic of building energy studies. Among many other projects, she founded the Bauteilbörse Basel association and the Bauteilnetz Schweiz parent organization in 1995 as well as our sister firm baubüro in situ in 1998. Through her extensive work and leadership, Barbara has been shaping reuse in the construction industry for 30 years. Without her, Zirkular would not exist. Barbara continues to be actively involved in the team as an expert in circular construction.

Kensia Klingert
Component Hunter
Anna Niessing
Architect MSc.

Anna studied architecture at the RWTH in Aachen. During her studies, she focused more and more on building in existing contexts and the reuse of building materials. In 2021/22, she worked for a Norwegian digital reuse platform as a circular building advisor and gained her first practical experience in the field of reuse in Germany. She is also involved in volunteering for a change in the construction industry. Since 2023, she has worked as a reuse expert and project manager at Zirkular in Basel.

Basil Rudolf
Building Physicist

Basil made his debut in the construction industry with his apprenticeship as a metalworker. After his years as a craftsman, he remained loyal to metal, but switched from the trades to the office when he began studying engineering. Pursuing specialized study and work at both the university and in the private sector, he acquired diverse knowledge in the development, testing and certification of window and glazing systems. In search of sustainable construction methods, material diversity and instruments for ecological evaluation, he then landed in the field of building physics. Wanting to use his training and experiences for an effective sustainable impact, Basil joined Zirkular in 2021. He now oversees the area of technical building physics together with Charlotte Bofinger.

Julia Schöni
Illustrator

After completing her training as an architectural draftsperson, Julia pursued a bachelor’s degree in Fiction Illustration at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and graduated in the summer of 2020. She has been working at Zirkular since December 2021 and is responsible for visual communications.

Dario Vittani
Architect BA

After completing his apprenticeship as an architectural draftsperson, Dario worked in an architectural firm in Zurich and obtained his professional baccalaureate. In 2018, he completed his bachelor’s degree in architecture at the ZHAW in Winterthur. Since 2019, he worked at baubüro in situ on various projects, making a significant contribution to the processes of reuse and component hunting, skills he now brings to his position at Zirkular.  He most recently supported the project Hobelwerk Haus D in Winterthur as a reuse specialist planner. He is supervisor for building surveys and handles the processes of cataloging and procurement of reuse builidng components. In addition to his work at Zirkular, he also studies archaeology part-time at the University of Zurich.

Kerstin Müller
Architect FSA I specialist partner ecobau
Management

Kerstin Müller is an architect and managing director at Zirkular. Previously, she was a member of the management board of baubüro in situ, Basel. She represents the German Chamber of Architects in the climate advisory board of the city of Lörrach. Since 2022 she holds a visiting professorship at the KIT Faculty of Architecture in Karlsruhe. Since 2023, she has been a member of the design advisory board of the city of Friedrichshafen and co-leader of the newly developed Swiss CAS Circular Building.

Pascal Angehrn
Designer
Network & Acquisition

Pascal graduated from the ZHdK as an industrial designer in 2010. Since 2017 he has been a member of the management team and board of directors of our sister firm, baubüro in situ. In this roll, he acts as a bridge between the offices, supporting reuse projects and making the best use of the synergies between the firms and their teams.

Rebecca Brandmayer
Architect BA

Rebecca completed her Bachelor in Architecture at the Technical University of Munich in 2021. From November 2021 to February 2023, she supported Zirkular as a component hunter. Afterwards, she started her master studies at the Technical University of Berlin and continues to support Zirkular part-time in the areas of digitalization and process development.

Blanca Garcia Gardelegui
Architect MSc.

Blanca is an architect and researcher, expert in a sustainable and social approach to the design of projects ranging from the reuse of materials to the circular economy of local resources. Blanca has been a reuse expert at Zirkular since the beginning of 2022. Blanca teaches at the AA Summer School dealing with the circularity of resources. Previously, she was a researcher at ETH Zurich and at KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and taught at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. With a background in design, Blanca has worked with Kosmos Architects to design prototypes in the context of circularity. After her studies at ETSAB Barcelona, she worked for Herzog & de Meuron for five years.

Laia Sofia Meier
Architect BA

Laia has been studying architecture at ETH Zurich since 2017. During her bachelor’s degree, she completed various internships in which she gained construction site experience. She is currently completing her master’s degree, in which she is also involved in the working group for sustainability at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. Laia joined Zirkular in February 2021 via a one-year internship as a component hunter. Since her personal interests revolve primarily around the intersections between architecture, the environment, the climate crisis, and activism, working at Zirkular was an obvious choice. The position turned out to be such a good fit that Laia switched to a permanent position after her internship. At Zirkular, in addition to component hunting, she is involved in the development of a digital tool for circular building and organizes deconstruction workshops for students and interested architecture professionals.

Selma Popp
Component Hunter

Selma has been studying architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar since 2020. During her bachelor’s degree, she first worked as a student trainee at DETAIL magazine and then began a six-month internship at Zirkular. Since August 2023 she has been permanently employed at Zirkular as a component hunter.

Chris Rüegg
Construction Manager

Chris gained experience on the construction site as a team leader and specialist for civil and geotechnical engineering in Switzerland, but also in Asia and the Middle East. In 2017, he joined baubüro in situ as a construction manager. With his versatile experience, he contributed significantly to the realization of complex projects such as the site development Lysbüchel in Basel North, the conversion of the ELYS Kultur- und Gewerbehaus and the reconstruction of the Klinikhotel Schützen in Rheinfelden. Due to his special interest in process management, controlling and digitalization, he focused on deepening his expertise in these areas. In 2022, he moved to Zirkular to further expand the acquired competencies in digitalization and project management in the field of construction with reused materials.

Alexander Schorfmann
Architect BA

Im Jahr 2019 schloss Alexander sein Architekturstudium an der Leibniz Universität in Hannover erfolgreich ab. Auf der Suche nach praktischer Erfahrung entschied er sich für eine Ausbildung zum Zimmerer. Durch seine Mitgliedschaft bei Architects 4 Future entdeckte er die Potenziale der Wiederverwendung für nachhaltiges Bauen. Seit 2023 arbeitet er bei Zirkular in Zürich und konzentriert sich auf die Entwicklung der Bereiche Gebäudescreening und Bauteiljagd.

Pascal Hentschel
Graduate Engineer in Architecture
Management

Pascal Hentschel has been working for partner company baubüro in situ since 2014 and is also a co-founder of Zirkular. Since 2023 he is part of the management board and coordinates the areas of specialist planning and component hunting. His experience in building with reused materials goes back to his time in the Netherlands where he worked at Superuse Studios in 2008. Since then, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge as an architect in the implementation of reuse projects and in 2020, together with Marc Angst, realized the multi-award-winning pioneering project Halle 118 in Winterthur.

Kerstin Müller
Architect FSA I specialist partner ecobau
Management

Kerstin Müller is an architect and managing director at Zirkular. Previously, she was a member of the management board of baubüro in situ, Basel. She represents the German Chamber of Architects in the climate advisory board of the city of Lörrach. Since 2022 she holds a visiting professorship at the KIT Faculty of Architecture in Karlsruhe. Since 2023, she has been a member of the design advisory board of the city of Friedrichshafen and co-leader of the newly developed Swiss CAS Circular Building.

Andreas Oefner
PhD in History
Management

Andreas Oefner is on the management board of Zirkular. He is responsible for the personnel, administrative and financial aspects of the company. After completing an apprenticeship as an architectural draftsperson, Andreas has worked for baubüro in situ since 2006 with some intermittent pauses. In parallel, he studied history in Basel and Bern and received his doctorate in the fall of 2020.

Jasmin Amann
Architect MSc.

Jasmin studied architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During her studies, she focused on the area of sustainable construction with a focus on the reuse of building components. An internship at baubüro in situ gave her the opportunity to put what she had learned into practice. Since summer 2021, she has been working as a component hunter and reuse expert at Zirkular. In 2022/23, she supported the visiting professorship of Kerstin Müller and Oliver Seidel at the KIT Faculty of Architecture on the topic of “Sustainable Materials for a new Architectural Practice – Entering a Circular Economy” as a research assistant.

Pascal Angehrn
Designer
Network & Acquisition

Pascal graduated from the ZHdK as an industrial designer in 2010. Since 2017 he has been a member of the management team and board of directors of our sister firm, baubüro in situ. In this roll, he acts as a bridge between the offices, supporting reuse projects and making the best use of the synergies between the firms and their teams.

Marc Angst
ReUse Expert

After an apprenticeship as a draftsperson and several years of work experience in Vevey and Bordeaux, Marc began his studies as a spatial planner with a focus on urban planning at the HSR in Rapperswil. At baubüro in situ he has been working for years as a project manager for circular and sustainable construction practices. In this context, he realized the pilot project Kopfbau Halle 118 in Winterthur as a project manager together with Pascal Hentschel, decisively advancing reuse in Switzerland. As co-founder of Zirkular, Marc is strongly involved in the development and research of reuse processes in construction.

Charlotte Bofinger
Structural Engineer, MSc. in Engineering
CAS ETH Regenerative Materials

Charlotte studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart. She has been working at Zirkular since May 2020 where her knowledge from her master’s degree with a focus on modeling and simulation, her work as a structural engineer, and her numerous continuing education courses and self-study on regenerative construction all flow into one another.
Together with Basil Rudolf, she is responsible for the area of building science at Zirkular, tackling questions and processes concerning the reuse of load-bearing components as well as for the life cycle assessment of reuse projects.
Privately, she is also committed to a feminist building revolution: During intensive periods with the Rethink Materials Kollektiv and Architects for Future Germany, most recently in the context of the exhibition Queens of Structure.

Rebecca Brandmayer
Architect BA

Rebecca completed her Bachelor in Architecture at the Technical University of Munich in 2021. From November 2021 to February 2023, she supported Zirkular as a component hunter. Afterwards, she started her master studies at the Technical University of Berlin and continues to support Zirkular part-time in the areas of digitalization and process development.

Noémie Bretz
Architect

After receiving her diploma in architecture in Lyon and Strasbourg, Noémie expanded her knowledge in the field of archaeology at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture in Strasbourg. After graduation, she worked as an architect in Basel until the summer of 2018, when she took a one-year sabbatical, cycling along the 13,645 km Mediterranean coast. Back at work, she realized a residential building for a cooperative as part of a team from preliminary project to submission, including participatory workshops and virtual reality. Noémie is involved in the association C3F – Climat 3 Frontières, where the project team, together with local youth, installed exchange boxes in Huningue and St. Louis. She has been working as an architect for Zirkular since the end of 2022, where she can contribute her expertise in building within the circular economy.

Barbara Buser
Architect
Network & Acquisition

Barbara is a qualified architect (ETH) with an additional certification in the topic of building energy studies. Among many other projects, she founded the Bauteilbörse Basel association and the Bauteilnetz Schweiz parent organization in 1995 as well as our sister firm baubüro in situ in 1998. Through her extensive work and leadership, Barbara has been shaping reuse in the construction industry for 30 years. Without her, Zirkular would not exist. Barbara continues to be actively involved in the team as an expert in circular construction.

Blanca Garcia Gardelegui
Architect MSc.

Blanca is an architect and researcher, expert in a sustainable and social approach to the design of projects ranging from the reuse of materials to the circular economy of local resources. Blanca has been a reuse expert at Zirkular since the beginning of 2022. Blanca teaches at the AA Summer School dealing with the circularity of resources. Previously, she was a researcher at ETH Zurich and at KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and taught at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. With a background in design, Blanca has worked with Kosmos Architects to design prototypes in the context of circularity. After her studies at ETSAB Barcelona, she worked for Herzog & de Meuron for five years.

Joel Gerth
Component Hunter
Kensia Klingert
Component Hunter
Laia Sofia Meier
Architect BA

Laia has been studying architecture at ETH Zurich since 2017. During her bachelor’s degree, she completed various internships in which she gained construction site experience. She is currently completing her master’s degree, in which she is also involved in the working group for sustainability at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. Laia joined Zirkular in February 2021 via a one-year internship as a component hunter. Since her personal interests revolve primarily around the intersections between architecture, the environment, the climate crisis, and activism, working at Zirkular was an obvious choice. The position turned out to be such a good fit that Laia switched to a permanent position after her internship. At Zirkular, in addition to component hunting, she is involved in the development of a digital tool for circular building and organizes deconstruction workshops for students and interested architecture professionals.

Christoph Müller
Graduate Engineer in Architecture

Christoph is a co-founder of Zirkular and advises real estate developers and architects. His focus is on strategies for the preservation of buildings and planning support for the reuse of building components. He received his architectural education from the Vienna University of Technology. Before joining Zirkular, he worked as a project manager at baubüro in situ with a focus on “Simple Housing” for refugees. Earlier in his career, he also worked at the United Nations and international NGOs in the field of “humanitarian shelter”.

Anna Niessing
Architect MSc.

Anna studied architecture at the RWTH in Aachen. During her studies, she focused more and more on building in existing contexts and the reuse of building materials. In 2021/22, she worked for a Norwegian digital reuse platform as a circular building advisor and gained her first practical experience in the field of reuse in Germany. She is also involved in volunteering for a change in the construction industry. Since 2023, she has worked as a reuse expert and project manager at Zirkular in Basel.

Selma Popp
Component Hunter

Selma has been studying architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar since 2020. During her bachelor’s degree, she first worked as a student trainee at DETAIL magazine and then began a six-month internship at Zirkular. Since August 2023 she has been permanently employed at Zirkular as a component hunter.

Franziska Quandt
Public Relations

Franziska studied architecture in Karlsruhe. She worked as an architect and architectural journalist in Berlin and Zurich. Since 2022 she is responsible for the coordination of public relations at Zirkular.

Basil Rudolf
Building Physicist

Basil made his debut in the construction industry with his apprenticeship as a metalworker. After his years as a craftsman, he remained loyal to metal, but switched from the trades to the office when he began studying engineering. Pursuing specialized study and work at both the university and in the private sector, he acquired diverse knowledge in the development, testing and certification of window and glazing systems. In search of sustainable construction methods, material diversity and instruments for ecological evaluation, he then landed in the field of building physics. Wanting to use his training and experiences for an effective sustainable impact, Basil joined Zirkular in 2021. He now oversees the area of technical building physics together with Charlotte Bofinger.

Chris Rüegg
Construction Manager

Chris gained experience on the construction site as a team leader and specialist for civil and geotechnical engineering in Switzerland, but also in Asia and the Middle East. In 2017, he joined baubüro in situ as a construction manager. With his versatile experience, he contributed significantly to the realization of complex projects such as the site development Lysbüchel in Basel North, the conversion of the ELYS Kultur- und Gewerbehaus and the reconstruction of the Klinikhotel Schützen in Rheinfelden. Due to his special interest in process management, controlling and digitalization, he focused on deepening his expertise in these areas. In 2022, he moved to Zirkular to further expand the acquired competencies in digitalization and project management in the field of construction with reused materials.

Leonhard Schönfelder
MSc. Integrated Building Systems

Leonhard started his career in the construction industry as a carpenter in Berlin. After initial work experience in various carpentry shops and on construction sites in Switzerland, Australia and Germany, he broadened his professional horizons by studying architecture at the TU Berlin. During an Erasmus stay in Rennes in France, Leonhard dealt with the topics of sustainable building and BIM in the studio of Philippe Madec. Here he encountered texts by Ingrid Bertin, who deals with the connection between BIM and reused building elements. The resulting fascination drove him all the way to ETH Zurich, where he completed his master’s degree in Integrated Building Systems with a focus on digital circular economy in construction. With his affinity for digital ways of working, he has been supporting Zirkular in the collection of used building components since January 2023.

Julia Schöni
Illustrator

After completing her training as an architectural draftsperson, Julia pursued a bachelor’s degree in Fiction Illustration at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and graduated in the summer of 2020. She has been working at Zirkular since December 2021 and is responsible for visual communications.

Alexander Schorfmann
Architect BA

Im Jahr 2019 schloss Alexander sein Architekturstudium an der Leibniz Universität in Hannover erfolgreich ab. Auf der Suche nach praktischer Erfahrung entschied er sich für eine Ausbildung zum Zimmerer. Durch seine Mitgliedschaft bei Architects 4 Future entdeckte er die Potenziale der Wiederverwendung für nachhaltiges Bauen. Seit 2023 arbeitet er bei Zirkular in Zürich und konzentriert sich auf die Entwicklung der Bereiche Gebäudescreening und Bauteiljagd.

Janine Umiker
Architect MSc.

Janine studied architecture at ETH Zurich and then gained experience in various Zurich architectural offices. Along the way, she became passionately involved in collectives dealing with topics such as architecture, sustainability and activism. She is a member of the Flinta* Baukollektiv (Flinta* Building collective) and is involved in both practical construction and the organization of workshops. She has been working as a component hunter at Zirkular since 2024.

Dario Vittani
Architect BA

After completing his apprenticeship as an architectural draftsperson, Dario worked in an architectural firm in Zurich and obtained his professional baccalaureate. In 2018, he completed his bachelor’s degree in architecture at the ZHAW in Winterthur. Since 2019, he worked at baubüro in situ on various projects, making a significant contribution to the processes of reuse and component hunting, skills he now brings to his position at Zirkular.  He most recently supported the project Hobelwerk Haus D in Winterthur as a reuse specialist planner. He is supervisor for building surveys and handles the processes of cataloging and procurement of reuse builidng components. In addition to his work at Zirkular, he also studies archaeology part-time at the University of Zurich.

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Concept & Design: Atlas Studio und Julia Schöni, Zirkular
Code: Roger Burkhard

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