Susanne Schamp and Richard Schmalöer established their office of architecture and urban planning in Dortmund in 1992. Currently they work in a team of 30 people on various projects. For each design, the place and its history, the surrounding area, the climate and the topography are the main factors for arriving at a complex solution. One of their early successes was their thesis (awarded with two accolades) on the re-development of a local area formerly dominated by a steelworks. In 1995, Schamp & Schmalöer won a BDA award for the design of five railway stations of the commuter railway linking the city centre of Dortmund with a suburb. A recent highlight has been the 2014 ARCHIZINC Award in the Public Building category. Schamp & Schmalöer obtained it for the reading room of Wuppertal University’s library. Their main current project is the Sparkassen Akademie NRW as a prestigious qualification and trainings academy located in an old castle with an adjacent new building, completed by a newly built hotel, this major development provides an impressive entry into the Phoenix See area in Dortmund.