Maxie Schneider

Maxie Schneider (Dipl.-Ing. Arch) is an architectural design researcher. Her work combines physical and digital prototyping to develop textile building techniques and fibre based material systems. Driven by a hands-on practise and a strong interest in geometry and hybrid tectonics, she develops solutions that integrate unconventional materiality to foster a sustainable material, design and building practise. She has contributed her expertise on various design-buildt projects with a focus on activating materails through design. In addition to the embedded material intelligence of air, concrete, paper, plastics or smart materials, it is the combination with textile techniques that drives her design practice.

Between 2017 and 2023 she has been investigating adaptive facades through the integration of smart materials within the RnD project ADAPTEX at the Weißensee school of art and design, department of textile and material design. With the project Polymorph Textility she continues her practice based research on adaptive textile structures and morphologies of softness and elasticity as part of the PhD program (PEP) at TU Berlin and the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity. Currently she is a research associate in the project Architectural Yarn at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in collaboration with Matters of Activity where she investigates reconfigurable and continous textile building materials.

As a co-founder of the experimental architecture studio Popticum she explores textile spacality as interactive architectures of air and collaborative design practice.

Photo: Ebba Fransén Waldhoer


Sommerpavillion 2023
Adaptex Facade Mockups 2022
Floating Roofs 2021
The Arch 2017


since 2022, University of the Arts Berlin / Germany
Architecture, Basics in Building construction and Matrerials

2017 - 2023 Weißensee School of art and Design Berlin. Department of textile and Material design, design research studios


2023 Munich, Bau Messe. Adaptex Project

2022 Berlin, Germany – Design Lab #13. Material Legacies. Exhibition. Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Museum of Decorative Arts. Kunstgewerbemuseum. Architectural Yarns Project

2022 Berlin, Germany - DAOULA | sheen. West African Wild Silk on Its Way. Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity«, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Tieranatomisches Theater. Architectural Yarns Project

2022 Glasstech, Priedemann Facadelab, Weißensee School of Art and Design. Adaptex Project

2020 Dutch Design Week 2020 – DXM – Design, Experiment, Material – Präsentation der aktuellen Forschungsprojekte, Adaptex, Sauer, C., Fransén Waldhör, E., Schneider, M.

2020 Timișoara Architecture Biennial, Rumänien, Sauer, C., Fransén Waldhör, E., Schneider, M.. Adaptex Project

2019 Paris, Artistic Residency, Les Grands Voisins, Popticum Project

2019 Biennale da Maia, Portugal, Handle with Air, Popticum

2017 Architectural Residency, ConstructLab, Genk Belgium, Project: The Arch

2015 Trienal de Architectura Lisboa, Popticum2021 CTBUH Award of Excellence Winner, Adaptex, Priedemann Facade-Lab, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany


2021 Zumtobel Group Award for Innovation, Acknowledgement, Adaptex, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Priedemann Facade-Lab, Germany

2021 Best-Poster, Aachen Dreden Denkendorf International Textile Conference, ADAPTEX – Adaptive textile shading system for facades with integrated shape memory alloy (SMA), Fransén Waldhör E., Schneider M., Vongsingha P., Boxberger L., Sauer C., Denz P., Weißensee School of Art and Design, DXM - Design and Experimental Material Research) Priedemann Facade-Lab GmbH, Fraunhofer IWU

2017 Concrete Design Competition, Schneider, M., Thesis: Pneu&Schale