Who we are
We are a team of experts, zoologists, leisure architects, designers and engineers.
More concrete, we are an international zoo, aquarium and leisure experience design team, offering turnkey planning, development and implementation services. Currently, we are the only architectural company that associates the long-term experience of private zoological garden operations with the genuine expertise of innovative leisure architects and experienced engineers.
Not only do we consult Zoological Gardens and Aquariums, we also have a background in running a Zoological Garden and Aquarium, the Tierpark Hagenbeck in Hamburg. This enables ZOOQUARIUMDESIGN to include unique know-how on all the aspects connected with the successful display and management of exotic animals; the latter having the benefit of being deeply integrated in the international zoo world.
In order to deliver an entertaining, sustainable and enjoyable exhibit for healthy, reproductive and active animals, our team members and associates are not only architects, but specialists in all related fields, turning exhibits into world-class exhibit.
The strength of our team: We’ve already worked together successfully, and everybody knows his place, according to his background and talents. Our slogan is therefore “Never change a winning team”.
Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Hering-HagenbeckManaging PartnerHaving been brought up in South Africa and having spent numerous years in the African veld during his research projects, Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck is not a typical zoo person, but always tries to implement as much of an animal’s natural habitat into a zoo exhibit, taking into account the animal’s biology. Having been in charge of the most current, important and innovative exhibit designs at Tierpark Hagenbeck, he has set up a consultancy and planning practice to advise on all aspects of the development and operation of zoos and aquariums. With his practical background of successfully operating and developing his family-owned zoo, the Tierpark Hagenbeck in Hamburg, he has unique experience in the successful operation and strategical future development of one of the leading zoological gardens in the world. KEY DATES: 1989–1994: Study of Biology 1995-2000: Biological field research in South Africa 1998-1999: Finalising the PhD in Paris and Berlin 1999: Dr.rer.nat. at the Humboldt University Berlin 2000: Start work at Tierpark Hagenbeck 2003: Founder of the First European Elephant Management School 2005: General manager of Tierpark Hagenbeck 2007: Treasurer of the Board of the German Zoo Directors Association 2012: Advisor and Member of the Elephant TAG (EAZA) 2015: Managing partner at Zooquariumdesign GmbH
Architect Sezai CandanManaging PartnerWith an academic background in Architecture, Sezai I. Candan has more than two decades of work experience in design and project management in the field of leisure architecture, such as aquatic parks, spas, zoos and aquariums design. He studied architecture in Hamburg and graduated in 2000. Already during his studies, Sezai gained practical experience by supporting the well-known leisure architects Geising + Böker, whom he joined in 1995. Since then, he has been responsible for several important projects in the realm of spas and aquatic parcs (including the "Elbschlossresidenz" in Hamburg, Germany and the extension of the "Mediterana" spa in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany), as well as various complex and innovative animal-related projects for e.g. the Tropical Aquarium and the Eismeer at Tierpark Hagenbeck in Hamburg. KEY DATES: 1993-2000: Study of Architecture Since 2000-2015: freelance / employed architect at Geising + Böker Architekten Project management for various spa and wellness facilities and generally in the leisure architecture 2004: Specialization in Zoo Architecture; responsible for various projects at Tierpark Hagenbeck, Hamburg 2006-2015: Architectural and technical consultancy and design for different zoological institutions and aquariums, national and international 2015: Managing partner of Zooquariumdesign GmbH