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, department biomaterials 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 in a collaborative design practice.

Photo: Ebba Fransén Waldhoer


Sommer pavillion, Popticum, 2023
Adaptex Facade Mockups, weissensee school of art and design, 2022
Floating Roofs, Popticum, 2021
The Arch, Constructlab, 2017


since 2022, University of the Arts Berlin.
Department of Architecture, Basics in Building construction and Materials, Prof. Chistoph Gengnagel

2017 - 2023 weißensee school of art and design berlin. Department of Textile and Material design, Prof. Christiane Sauer


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, Popticum


2021 CTBUH Award of Excellence Winner - Adaptex Project, Priedemann Facade-Lab, Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany

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

2021 Best-Poster, Aachen Dreden Denkendorf International Textile Conference - Adaptex Project, Fransén Waldhör E., Schneider M., Vongsingha P., Boxberger L., Sauer C., Denz P., Weißensee School of Art and Design, Priedemann Facade-Lab GmbH, Fraunhofer IWU

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