Johann Zurl, born in Graz in 1958, studied architecture at the University of Graz before going on to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He completed this degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. After working as a freelancer for firms me di um, APB and Schweger & Partners, he went on to work with Ulrich Zeiger between 1987 and 1989. Together with Isabell Feest and Peter Dinse he founded Dinse Feest Zurl Architects in 1991. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a member of the ‘Art in Public Spaces’ Commission in Hamburg. From 2009 to 2010 he lectured as a visiting professor at the HafenCity University of Hamburg and from 2012 to 2014 was a member of Hamburg’s Historic Buildings Council. In 2012, alongside Peter Dinse, Nicolas Britsch and Stephen Kausch, Johann Zurl became a managing partner of DFZ Generalplaner GmbH, taking on the same role for DFZ Architekten GmbH after its establishment in 2013. His primary focus is in project management and the artistic direction of demanding and complex construction projects.