Hyphen Around the World: meet Katja Gursch

As part of our Hyphen Around the World series, we catch up with various members of our team to find out more about their international experience. We also ask for some tips – whether it’s about permitting advice, or a must-try local delicacy!

This week, we interviewed Katja Gursch, an architect at Hyphen. Typically based in our Berlin office, Katja has delivered projects for clients across Europe.


What is a typical day like in your role?

My days vary and I like it that way. Mostly it’s communication (talking, emails, calls, meetings, organising) and planning (sketching, sometimes drawings in CAD) but I never stop learning.


What’s the most interesting place that you’ve ever visited for work?

The site of the New Museum (Museum Island in Berlin) in 2003.


Top local permitting tip?

Be polite, well prepared, precise and to the point. They are very busy in Town Hall, so don’t take up too much of their time.


Best tool for staying in touch with your team?

The best thing is being in the office and seeing them, talking in person and having lunch together. Never forget to be thankful for any support you get from colleagues and listen. They could also know things better than you do.


What are your work super powers?

Precision, communication and patience.


Most useful tool for architectural/design work and why?

Paper and pencil (for communication) and the computer (for precision/control).


What do you like most about working at Hyphen?

I value the supportive atmosphere and the trust placed in me and my skills.


How has Hyphen supported your career development?

I have been given responsibilities and have the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them.


Favourite Hyphen social event?

We had a really nice team boat trip 😊.


What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled for a site visit?

Florence, Italy.


Favourite local delicacy?

Goulash with red cabbage and dumplings.


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Family life, friends, skating, biking, yoga, knitting and sewing, and spending time in nature.


If you could deliver a project anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Berlin or Paris.


If you were a building what type would you be and why?

I would be a tiny cottage with a hidden door inside, which is leading to a paradise-like wonderland behind 😉.