Located in an old brewery North of Alexander Platz which today serves as an office complex for the creative industry, LAVA Berlin is part of a network of three architectural firms founded in 2007. The other two are installed in Stuttgart and Sydney, Australia. Partners Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck and Chris Bosse use digital media, structural principles found in nature and the latest digital manufacturing technologies to create "smarter, friendlier, more socially and environmentally responsible future". LAVA is an acronym for the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, a name that denotes the experimentalist orientation of these young architects. Tobias Wallisser spoke about his education, his relationship with academia, his present design projects and about the future of architecture.