Karsten was born in Chile and grew up in Germany where he also graduated with a Diploma in Architecture from the Technische Universität in Darmstadt. He is a qualified architect and joiner.

During his studies he became the assistant of Artist Ottmar Hoerl whose work focuses on public space.

Since graduating Karsten has been a partner of the OSA, Office for Subversive Architecture, a network for spatial experimentation which is dedicated to push the boundaries of common practice in architecture and develop projects that sit between art and architecture.

In 2001 Karsten moved to London where he worked as an architect at Foster and Partners.

Since 2001 Karsten and his colleague Bernd Truempler worked as the UK based branch of OSA and have consistently created spatial works of local and international significance.

In 2009 they were runners up of UK's prestigious Young Architects of the Year Award (YAYA), gaining the first ever special commendation.

In 2010 Karsten and Bernd set up their practice KHBT which operates from London and Berlin.

Before joining the Manchester School of Architecture Karsten was an Associate Professor at the ESA, Ecole Special d'Architecture in Paris where he led a design Atelier.

He has been invited to lecture internationally including the Museum for Modern Art in Warsaw, the Surface Show in London, the British Council in Moscow, the Goethe Institute in NY and the European Cultural Capital Guimarães.

Prizes and awards

BD Young Architect of the Year Award 2009
Special Commendation

AJ Small Projects Award 2012
osa Merzen, CUBE Gallery Manchester




Huneck, KS., Jefferies, TJ., 2016. Manchester Urban Pioneers at Favoriten Festival, Dortmund Theatre Festival / Ladenlokal Rheinische Strasse, 23/9/2016.

Sobell, HR., Jefferies, T., Huneck, K., Kaushal, V., Macbeth, P., Jurack, B., 2015. Manchester Urban Pioneers, ELBERSHALLEN, DÖDTKOMM DÖDTERSTR. 10 HAGEN, 10/10/2015.

Huneck, KH., Truempler, BT., 2014. "Emerging Architects", Buro Happold / Newman Street / London, 27/5/2014.

Huneck, KH., Truempler, BT., Jefferies, TJ., 2014. KHBT Studio / Manchester School of Architecture End of Year Exhibition, osa/KHBT Studio, 27/6/2014.


Huneck, K., Truempler, B., 2019. '"Around the corner"', London.

Huneck, K., Truempler, B., Hoerl, O., 2019. '"Lunch Break"', London.

Huneck, K., Langbein, O., Eiermann, B., 2019. 'Aufbruch Area Bee51', Mannheim / Germany.

Huneck, K., Truempler, B., 2017. 'Un-veiled', Liverpool.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2016. 'Exhibition Design "Gitterstaffelei"', ZKR at Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin 2016.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2016. 'No 1 Balfour Place Flat Conversion', London.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., Langbein, OL., 2016. 'well,come Installation at Ruhrtriennale', Dortmund Hafen / Germany.

Ruhrtriennale, 2016. 'well,come osa_office for subversive architecture'.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2015. '"Inside Cities: Art and the Built Environment"', Arup Headquarter Fitzrovia / London.

Huneck, KS., MSA Students, Truempler, BT., 2014. '"Making Headways"', Stockport St Mary's Church.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2014. 'Ascona Flat', Ascona / Switzerland.

Huneck, Truempler, BT., 2013. 'Haus B', Offenbach / Germany.

Huneck, KS., 2012. 'Atelier(zero)', Manchester Basin.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2012. 'Balfour Place', London.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2011. 'Hail and Ride', London / Regent Street.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2011. 'House K/F', Cologne.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2011. 'osa / Merzen Installation in the CUBE Gallery Manchester', CUBE Gallery Manchester.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2011. 'Werneth Attraction', Oldham.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2010. 'Extended Cloister', Torquay.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2010. 'Family Azbiri moved', Antwerp / Belgium.

Huneck, KS., 2010. 'Koelnisch Wasser', Cologne / Germany.

Huneck, KS., 2010. 'no comment', Warsaw / Poland.

Huneck, KS., 2010. 'Sleeping Policeman', Tilburg / Netherland.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2010. 'Stand by Me', Warsaw / Poland.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2010. 'The Christmas Project', London.

Huneck, KS., Truempler, BT., 2009. 'KHBT Studio Design', Berlin / Germany.


Barenbrug, CB., 2015. 'Project Profile Balfour Place'.

Katja Aßmann, KA., Lukas Crepaz, LC., Florian Heilmeyer, FH., 2014. 'Arts in Urban Space 2014', Distanz Verlag Berlin.

Chaplin, S., Stara, A., 2009. 'Curating Architecture and the City', Routledge.

Book Chapters

Stone, S., Brooker, G., 2018. 'Discharge Recharge'. In Re-readings: 2 Interior Architecture and the Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings, Routledge.

van Uffelen, C., 2018. 'House B'. In MAKEOVER

Conversions and Extensions of Homes and Residential Spaces
, Braun Publishing.

van Uffelen, C., 2018. 'House K'. In Makeover
Conversions and Extensions of Homes and Residential Spaces

van Uffelen, C., 2018. 'No 1 Balfour Place'. In Makeover

Conversions and Extensions of Homes and Residential Spaces

Stone, S., Brooker, G., 2018. 'Strategy: Insertion: No 1 Balfour Place'. In Re-readings: 2 Interior Architecture and the Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings, Routledge.

Artpower, 2014. 'Project Feature / Koelnisch Wasser @ PLAN 10'. In Urban Furniture, Artpower.

Anker, Harpman, Joachim, 2014. 'Project Profile / Accumulator Leeds'. In Global Design, GDNYU.

Lambertini, AL., 2013. 'Anwohner Park Cologne / On an Island Bristol Project Profiles'. In Urban Beauty, Editrice Compositori.

Bullivant, LB., 2012. 'osa Profile'. In New Arcadians, Merrell.

Powell, HP., Marrero-Guillamon, IM., 2012. 'Point of View Project Profile'. In The Art of Dissent
Adventures in London's Olympic State

Braun Publishing, 2011. 'Project Profile / Kunsthuelle LPL Liverpool'. In 1000x European Architecture, Braun Publishing.

Barbaux, SB., 2010. 'Project Profiles'. In Objects Urbain Nov 2010.

Internet Publications

Crook, L., 2019. '"Lunch Break"', https://www.dezeen.com/2019/06/17/lunch-break-khbt-london-festival-architecture/.

Braidwood, EB., 2016. 'Aldgate Playspace'.

Gibson, EG., 2016. 'Balfour Place 10 of the most popular kitchens from Dezeen's Pinterest boards'.

Kaltenbach, FK., 2016. 'Crossing the boundaries between art and architecture'.

Zimmermann, EZ., 2016. 'House Berge Feature'.

Westworld, 2016. 'The Stencil / Wapping Wharf Artwork'.

Bristol 24/7, 2016. 'The Stencil / Wapping Wharf Artwork'.

Ribbeck, MR., 2016. 'The Stencil / Wapping Wharf Artwork'.

Stathaki, ES., 2016. 'well,come Building blocks: striking structures around the globe'.

Sueddeutsche, 2016. 'well,come Installation Ströme und Manifeste bei der Ruhrtriennale'.

Fulcher, MF., 2015. 'Tilting Pier / Gathering Place in Inverness Project Profile'.

Ravenscroft, TR., 2014. 'Place: Light First - iGuzzini lighting challenge'.

AJ, 2014. 'Place: Light First - Office for Subversive Architecture'.

Journal Articles

Seon-Min Yoon, SY., 2016. 'PLASTIC Project Profile Kunsthuelle LPL / Liverpool', ANC (Archtecture & Culture Magazine).

Wortmann, 2016. 'Tilting Pier Inverness / Project Profile', MARK Magazine No 60, 60 (60).

Fulcher, MF., 2015. 'Tilting Pier / Gatering Place in Inverness', Architects Journal.

Nicola Rowe, NR., 2014. 'Project Profile Balfour Place', Living etc..

Beckefeld, U., Huneck, K., 2013. 'Urban Disturbance: Urban Intrusions of the office for subversive architecture (osa)', Architectural Design, 83 (6), pp. 110-113.

Waite, RW., 2012. 'OSA creates Manchester boating lake Atelier(zero)', Architects Journal.

Mueller-Bussmann, 2012. 'osa_office for subversive architecture Network Practice Profile', build / Das Architektenmagazin, Attitude.


Huneck, KS., 2016. 'Design Research Symposium UWE Bristol', UWE Bristol.

Huneck, KH., 2015. ''Assembling Realities' at the Architectural Association', Architectural Association, Bedford Square / London.

Huneck, KS., Huneck, KH., 2015. ''Tolka Nights'', Via Skype.

Huneck, KS., 2015. ''You Are Here' Symposium and Workshop', School of Architecture / Sheffield.

Huneck, KS., 2015. 'Art + Place Symposium', Granada Studios / Manchester.

Huneck, KS., 2015. 'Exploration between Architectre,Art and Design Symposium', 3 Newman Passage / London.

Huneck, KH., 2014. 'Archiboo Architects Pitch, 100% Design 2014', Earls Court / London.

Huneck, KH., Truempler, BT., 2014. 'Performing Cities Art, Architecture and Public Space @ Biennale of Sao Paulo', Sao Paulo, Auditorio Fundacao Bienal.

Huneck, KH., 2014. 'Urban Lights Ruhr Symposium'.

Other Outputs

Huneck, KS., Kaushal, VK., Connor, DC., Sobell, BS., 2016. '"Berlin Workshop" at ANCB Network Campus Berlin'.