Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu co-founded SO – IL during the financial crisis of 2008, striving for progressive architecture beyond the cultural and economic constraints facing the discipline. SO – IL is noted for its experimentation within a range of media from temporary installations to large-scale built works.
Florian Idenburg received a master in architectural engineering from Delft University. Since 2007 he has been an architecture professor of practice at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to founding SO – IL, he gained experience at the practice of Pritzker laureates Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA) in Tokyo, where he led the design teams for the Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. He is the 2010 recipient of the Charlotte Köhler Prize, an award from the Prince Bernhard Royal Cultural Fund in the Netherlands for exceptional talent, and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome.