Etymologically deriving from the Greek term ‘chief builder’, the architect nowadays is often seen as a mere source for aesthetic input, while the general planning process is often separated or outsourced due to its more theoretical and technical-oriented nature. However, regarding the rapid demographic and economical change of and within urban areas, it is of importance to reintroduce the idea of planning as a natural part of the architectural process at large, eventually resulting in the harmony of form and function. Renato Marazzi and Alfred Paul met in Chicago at the renowned Illinois Institute of Technology during their master studies. Both architects recognised their common urge to start an office of their own soon after finishing their studies.