Established in 2007 by Daniel Dendra in Berlin anOtherArchitect (aA) is an award winning design studio focusing on sustainable design solutions in the built environment.
Before founding anOtherArchitect Daniel was working at various architecture offices in London, Moscow, Düsseldorf and Rotterdam such as A.M.O. (Rem Koolhaas) and Zaha Hadid Architects. Daniel was involved in projects of all scales from regional planning (Hollocore – AMO 2002), master planning, several large scale tower projects in Spain, Dubai and Australia, architectural design (shopping centers, offices and residential in Spain, Russia, Germany and UK), exhibition design (Spymaker – London and Indianapolis 2006) and small scale installations (UrbanNebula, London, 2007).
This huge diversity in scale of work is also today part of the philosophy of anOtherArchitect. The practice is specializing in user centered design and the integration of latest technologies into the design process. Thus offering a more social and economical approach to the clients needs.
In 2008 Daniel Dendra was nominated for the International Chernikhov Prize curated by Diller and Scofideo (New York) and talking at different universities worldwide and conferences such as TEDx in Berlin. The work of anOtherArchitect was exhibited broadly and main importantly at the Royal Academy Summer Show 2008 (London), the International Model Festival in Budapest in 2008, Milan Furniture Fair 2009 + 2011, Furnex Cairo 2009 + 2010, Parametric Prototypes (Xian – China) 2009 and the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010. At the ArchMoscow (Moscow Architecture Biennale 2011) aA was awarded for the best design object and best international exhibition.
After leading a studio together with Dr. Jenny Lowe at Brighton University (UK) Daniel Dendra was appointed visiting professor at the Dessau Institute of Architecture in 2007. Together with Tomas Auer (TRANSSOLAR) Daniel was running a studio called greenLAB at Ecole Spéciale d´Architecture in Paris in 2010 focusing on sustainable design solutions in architecture and urbanism. Since 2011 Daniel Dendra is visiting professor at the Architecture Faculty in Alghero.
Extending the ideas of a anOtherArchitect as collaborative platform between architects and engineers Daniel co-founded the OpenSource design network OpenSimSim in 2009. OpenSimSim was selected by Kazuyo Sejima as part of the XII Architectural Biennale in Venice and ever since follow up collaborations such as the Cloudscap.es award, OpenJapan or the FutureCityLab were initiated by Daniel Dendra with different partners.