Johanna Schmal (born 1982 in Germany) lives and works in Berlin. She studied architecture at TU Darmstadt, ETSAV Barcelona and Universität der Künste Berlin and spent a few months working in Vienna during her studies. Since finishing university in 2010 she works for David Chipperfield Architects. In her personal work she is interested in crossing the border between architecture and other creative disciplines including production and furniture design as well as illustration. Which is why she did a postgraduate specialization course in Illustration for Childrens’ and Teenagers' Publications at EINA Barcelona in 2015/16. What unites her work is a great emphasis on the topics place and context. These can be scenic, urbanistic, historic or imaginary, unknown or familiar and are always a great source of inspiration to create a very own character that starts to tell a story and connects the work to its setting.