THE HEADS BEHIND
Furbish® is located in Gothenburg, Sweden, established in 2017 by Ulrike Rahe and Holger Wallbaum, academic colleagues at Chalmers University of Technology.
Our multidisciplinary and international team of workplace specialists, designers, architects, and engineers is dedicated to commercial-use buildings for office work and education. We are true Europeans but proud of our cultural heritage based on Scandinavian humanism and German precision. We are creators, innovators, facilitators, and recognised academics. We conduct our services both domestically and abroad and are currently working on projects in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Germany.
"WHAT IS CORRECT IN THEORY IS ALSO SO IN PRACTICE, OTHERWISE THE THEORY IS FALSE."
Holger studied Safety engineering in Germany and Risk management in France and received his Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Hanover in Germany in 2002. Holger has a long track record in innovation and entrepreneurship.
In 2002, he was the co-founder of the research consultancy triple innova GmbH in Wuppertal, Germany, mainly working in field sustainability strategies and reporting for corporations. In parallel, he developed his academic career further as Holcim Chair for Sustainable Construction at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The origins of the SSO approach have been invented in Switzerland, developed further within the framework of the Climate-KIC—the EU’s leading climate innovation initiative—, and professionalised together with Ulrike to set up Furbish. In addition to running Furbish, Holger leads a larger research group on sustainable building at Chalmers. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the HSB LivingLab and Chalmers’ representative in the Climate-KIC and the Swedish Life Cycle Center. In Chalmers’ Areas of Advance “Energy” and “Building Futures”, Holger leads the profiles “Energy in Urban Developments” and “Responsible Use of Resources.” He is sustainability advisor to larger corporations and engaged in the Energy Efficiency and Buildings Program of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. His views on sustainability in the built environment are published in several books and more than 100 scientific publications. Holger is an often-invited keynote speaker at international conferences and holds some Editorial Board positions of renowned scientific journals. In 2017, Holger became a new elected member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).
"IT IS POSSIBLE TO IMPROVE THE WORLD AND MAKE OUR ENVIRONMENT A BETTER, MORE STIMULATING, AND HEALTHIER PLACE TO BE."
Ulrike studied Industrial design in Germany and Product design and Industrial planning in Sweden.In 1994, she was appointed her first professorship at HAWK University for Applied Arts and Sciences Hildesheim/Holzminden/
We believe in a close dialogue with our clients and take pride in tailoring our projects to the people and places we partner with.