Claus Benjamin Freyinger is co-Principal and co-founder of The LADG along with Andrew Holder in 2004. The founders see their work as contributing to a longer history of ideas and draw on this history to craft unexpected solutions to conventional problems in architecture and design. The firm works at all scales, with completed projects in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. Recent work includes a multifaceted art studio and residential compound for a pair of professional visual artists, a free-standing indoor-outdoor restaurant in Venice California and the installation of a contemporary picturesque garden in Loeb Library at the Harvard Graduate School of design. The firm has received numerous professional honors and recognitions, including a Progressive Architecture Award Honorable Mention in 2017 and in 2018, the 2014 League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, and multiple citations from the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA.
Mr. Freyinger’s design interests include the repurposing of architecture of the late baroque for contemporary audiences and building relationships between architecture and fine art practice. He has held positions at Mones and Partner, Architects in Munich, Germany, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects and Planners in New York. He holds a BA in art history from Boston College with a minor in fine arts from the Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich, Germany. Benjamin received his M. Arch from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2005. Prior to working in the field of architecture he gained fine art curatorial experience working for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.