Tobias Nöfer is the head and founder of Nöfer Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH. He was born in Ahaus, Westphalia, in 1967. After studying architecture at RWTH Aachen University from 1987 to 1990, he won a DAAD scholarship and continued his studies at ETH Zurich. He worked with Oswald Mathias Ungers in Cologne, Kollhoff & Timmermann in Berlin, and at the Treuhänderische Entwicklungsgesellschaft TET Wasserstadt, also in Berlin. In 1991 he joined the architectural firm of Bernd Albers, working first in Zurich and, from 1993, in Berlin. In 1996–98 he was project manager for Berlin’s Urban Development Plan for the city centre (“Planwerk Innenstadt”). In 1998 Nöfer established his own firm in Berlin.
From 1999–2002 he was research fellow at Dortmund University under Professor Christoph Mäckler. He was awarded the Medal of the Werner-von-Siemens Ring Foundation in 2004, and in 2006 won the Bayosan Architecture Award and the Architecture Award of the Reiners Foundation for the private mansion in Düsseldorf . In the same year the Berlin district of Reinickendorf honoured his design for a private house in Berlin (“Haus Frohnau”) with an award.
From 2009 to 2012 Nöfer was a member of the Assembly of Representatives of the Berlin Chamber of Architects and, since 2007, has been on the board of the Berlin AIV (Architekten- und Ingenieursverein zu Berlin e.V.). Since 2014 he is member of the board of trustees of "Deutschland baut! e.V."