RSAA was founded in 2010 with the joint intention of building a bridge between western and eastern architecture. We since evolved into an office whose partners originate from Germany and China and which is located both in Cologne and Beijing with subsidiary offices in Shanghai and Mongolia.
We combine the gaze of an outsider with the intimate and often unconscious knowledge of a native, forcing ourselves to self-reflect in the design process. Questioning the status quo in combination with the knowledge of the reasons for traditions allows carrying on established design principles, without the ballast of time.
We understand our Partners and their design studios as resource pools that not only represent different areas of architectural expertise, but also reflect the different cultures. Adding to their cultural identity, each Partner has an own architectural specializations. This allows forming ever changing design teams, which specialize on the task at hand, weather it is urban planning, questions of sustainability or interior design.