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Sustainability is a synonym of beauty: In Conversation with Anna Heringer

6 April 2021

German architect Anna Heringer outlines the way she works and her multi-disciplinary approach to architectural practice. As an architect, Anna is very conscious of the value of understanding the local context and sense of place when undertaking a new project, linking to her passion for creating architectural responses rooted in sustainability. Detailing her work in Bangladesh, Anna realises the value of knowledge sharing in a cross-cultural context - where in addition to "sustainability being a synonym of beauty", architecture can also play a part on a social scale, as she explains using the example of the METI (Modern Education and Training Institute) School project. Thanks to the METI project, she won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007, utilising sustainable bamboo frame construction in conjunction with historical building techniques using locally available earth.