People
Christian Volkmann (General Partner) received his degree of Diplom-Architekt from the Federal Technical Institute (ETH) in Zurich and his Vordiplom from the Technical University of Berlin. He is a licensed architect in New York State.

Before establishing aardvarchitecture in 1997, he was a designer and project architect for Mario Campi/Franco Pessina in Lugano, Switzerland (1992-96). He collaborated with that firm independently on the design and construction of the Pedus Boarding-House in Berlin (1996), which was featured in the Bauwelt Berlin Annual 1997.

From 1997-98, he did design and construction administration on the Uli Knecht chain of high-end men's wear stores throughout Germany for Selldorf Architects in New York.
His work with aardvarchitecture includes competition work, such as the East River Shoreline Pool (1998), which received a citation from the Van Alen Institute and was featured in the New York Times and Architecture magazine.

Aardvarchitecture's work has been exhibited at the Urban Center and the Tenement Museum in New York and featured in dwell, Interior Design, architecture, Casa D, Colorfulness, Space (Beijing) and Archis magazines. It has also been included in several books published in the US, Australia and Spain.

Volkmann was the recipient of grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and the Friedrich Stipendienfond. He is Associate Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York of the City University. He was the Principal Investigator in CCNY's 2011 Solar Decathlon entry and is a co-PI on a research project on the use of prisms in window glass for interior PVs, funded by a 'City Seed' grant.

Current and former employees: Kyle Pfister, Nina Freudenberger, Molly Seguto, Catherine McMahon, Ahti Westphal, Jonathan Powell, Jesse Honsa, Chelsea Limbird




Lynnette Widder received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture (1990) and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College (1984).

Before joining aardvarchitecture in 1997, she was a designer, project captain and construction administrator for Renzo Vallebuona in Berlin, and worked on the Frauenspital Bern for the Zurich office of Bètrix and Consolascio. She also collaborated on competitions and publications with Steven Holl Architects, NY, and Hans Kollhoff, Berlin.

From 1994-98, she was an editor for the architecture quarterly Daidalos and has written extensively on contemporary architecture. Her translations from German include two books on architecture history and theory as well as numerous shorter texts. Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow, co-edited with John Caserta, was published in 2010 by William Stout Publishers; Architectural Live Projects, co-edited with Harriet Harriss, was published in 2014 by Taylor and Francis.

Widder is a full-time Lecturer in the Discipline of Sustainability Management at Columbia University. Her teaching experience includes adjunct positions at the Federal Technical Institute (ETH) in Zurich (1993-94), University of British Columbia (1996), Cornell University (1997) and Columbia University (2000). She was Head of the RISD Department of Architecture from 2006-2011 and associate professor there from 1999-2012.

She has lectured on topics in contemporary architecture and architectural history at the Bauhaus Akademie Weimar, The Cranbrook Academy, the Technical University of Berlin, University of British Columbia and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her research in architectural history, building technology and 'live projects' in architectural education has been presented at conferences in Finland, New York, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland and the UK.

Widder was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, and of grants from The Graham Foundation, the Kinne Fund and the Rhode Island School of Design.