SOIL was founded by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu. The members of our team come from all over the world and bring diverse perspectives to our work. 

Principals

Florian Idenburg, RA, AIA-IA

Florian Idenburg is an internationally renowned architect 
with two decades of professional experience. He founded SOIL in 2008 together with Jing Liu.

Idenburg’s practice is collaborative; he believes that innovation is only possible through working together. He has a particularly strong background in cultural spaces, overseeing projects from a temporary installation in MoMA PS1’s courtyard, called Pole Dance, to the recently completed Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis.

He combines a pragmatic approach with a theoretical drive, sharing this creative spirit with clients, collaborators, and students. A frequent speaker at institutions around the world, he is Associate Professor of Practice at Harvard University and has previously taught at MIT, Columbia and Princeton University. His current research investigates the future of workspaces, and he is developing a forthcoming publication on this topic.

Jing Liu

Jing Liu founded SOIL with Florian Idenburg in 2008, emphasizing mission-driven cultural projects as an integral part of the urban fabric.

Through building practice and interdisciplinary research projects, Liu has led SOIL to explore new fabrication methods — as in the Kukje gallery and CTF Museum — and engage with the sociopolitical issues of contemporary cities — in projects like the Artists Loft North Omaha and Frieze Art Fair. Her perspective extends outside the conventional architectural platform, with artist collaborations including Janaina Tschape and Kota Yamada; curatorial partnership at the London Design Museum, the Guggenheim, and Canadian Center for Architecture; and book projects such as Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura published by Lars Müller.

A native of China, Liu received her education in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Liu is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, and has been a frequent lecturer and visiting chair at academic institutions around the world.

Liu extends her interest in the future of cities as an active board member of the Van Alen Institute, a New York City nonprofit that applies design research to the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow.

Senior Associates

Ted Baab, RA
Kevin Lamyuktseung

Associates

Martina Baratta
Sanger Clark
Andrew Fu
Andrew Gibbs
Karilyn Johanesen
Sophie Nichols

Staff

Sofia Forelle, Studio Manager

Website 

Geoff Han, Design  
Daniel Hirunrusme, Development