How to become a Space Architect

How many of us will it have happened as children to look at the moon looking out the window and dream of having a house up there?

We can also imagine the thoughts of Barbara Imhof and Rania Toukebri, who have made a job of their dreams and passions.

These two internationally renowned experts will be the guests on October 21 of the Space Architecture & Design webinar promoted by the School of Disruption of the Swiss Institute for Disruptive Innovation.

Who is Barbara Imhof?

Barbara Imhof is a space architect, Co-founder, Managing Partner and co-owner of LIQUIFER System Group. She studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, the Southern Californian Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, and graduated from Applied Arts.

When he began his studies in architecture, imagining living in space might have seemed visionary and science fiction, but today we know it is becoming an increasingly concrete reality. This was also made possible thanks to the work of Barbara Imhof and the LIQUIFER System Group in Vienna.

It is a transdisciplinary group that, combining architecture, science and technology, is committed to searching for innovative solutions to improve and make life and work on Earth and in Space more sustainable. Among LIQUIFER’s projects, there is precisely that of using the resources present in the Moon, such as lunar sand, for 3D brick printing.

But they are also working on the housing module of the following international space station, Lunar Gateway, which will be launched in 2024. LIQUIFER projects are often supported by the European Union through the European Space Agency (ESA), the Austrian Agency for Research Promotion (FFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Barbara Imhof also worked as a space architect with NASA, dealing with interior design in the BIOPLEX (Bioregenerative Planetary Life Support Systems Test Complex) project.

Imhof is also a member of the FFG advisory board and strongly supports a more significant female presence in the aerospace industry at all levels.

Barbara Imohf

and Rania Toukebri

The engineer Rania Toukebri moves on the same ground, committed to countering the gender difference, involving and bringing more and more girls closer to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Promoting STEM opportunities, facilitating access to education and careers in the aerospace world, providing advice and raising awareness of institutions and governments on these issues is also the goal of the Space4Women project of UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs ), of which Rania Toukebri is Delegate since 2018.

Toukebri was born in 1991 and studied engineering at INSAT (Institut national des sciences appliquées et de technologie). In 2016 she received a Masters from the University of Picardy Jules Vernein in Amiens, France and 2017, a Masters from Stanford University.

She mainly deals with aerospace vehicles and has worked, among others, on the South Korean Kompsat 7 satellite and with ESA (European Space Agency) on the Jupiter Icy Moons satellite. Toukebri is the Regional Coordinator for Africa within the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). It launched the program#SpaceEducation, which aims to bridge the gap in space education and make space education accessible to anyone everywhere.

Rania Toukebri


Barbara Imhof and Rania Toukebri will be guests of the Space Architecture & Design webinar promoted by the School of Disruption, a SIDI (Swiss Institute for Disruptive Innovation) project.


The webinar to be held on October 21, free and open to all, will not only be an opportunity to hear about and interact, a final Q&A session is planned, with two internationally renowned space architects but also to focus on the role and the strong intertwining of architecture, engineering and space.


They will talk about the design of systems for life in zero gravity and on other planets, how the horizons of space exploration have changed in recent years and the importance of tests, simulations and analogous missions.

🚀 Planning for humans’ life in Space 
🚀 Designing for life in zero-g 
🚀 Preparing for planetary missions 
🚀 Planning for the life on the Moon 
🚀 Planning for the life on Mars 

It will be an opportunity not to be missed due to the caliber of the guests and the topics addressed.

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