Born in Austria, Herwig Baumgartner is a licensed architect and principal and co-founder of the Architecture firm BplusU, based in Los Angeles.
He received his diploma in Music and New Media from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 1992 and graduated with honors with a Masterís degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 1996.
Baumgartner is a professor currently teaching design for the graduate and undergraduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC) and has previously taught a graduate design studio at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). He also lectures and conducts workshops around the country and abroad at Oklahoma State University; the UDESIGN conference at the University of Monterrey, Mexico; the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA); the LA forum, Los Angeles; the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria; the Danube University Krems; the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC); Woodbury University; the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and the Roy and Edna Disney California Arts Theater.
Prior to founding BplusU Baumgartner worked as a senior associate and project architect at Gehry Partners for over a decade. He also collaborated with artist Richard Serra and worked on several large-scale sculptural projects in New Zealand, Naples, Toronto, and San Francisco.
In 2000, he co-founded BplusU, for which he is both Design Principal and Partner.