Managing Directors


Barbara Imhof is an internationally renowned space architect and design researcher. Educated in Vienna, Strasbourg, London and Los Angeles, Barbara holds multiple degrees including a Masters from the International Space University and a PhD from the University of Technology, Vienna. She is a serial entrepreneur and has founded already three companies in the areas of terrestrial and space architecture. Important aspects of her work are spaceflight parameters such as with living with limited resources, minimal and transformable spaces, and resource-conserving systems. For over 20-years, Barbara has taught in space architecture design studios and workshops at renowned institutes worldwide.


René Waclavicek is a Managing Partner and co-owner of LIQUIFER. He started his career working in design and construction planning for terrestrial buildings. He has been overseeing all design efforts for LIQUIFER in the projects such as I-HAB, Space Home Mock-Up and O-HAB. Educated as an engineer, mason, carpenter and architect, René applies his extensive skills to 3D-modelling including parametric methods, graphic design and construction planning for terrestrial buildings and modelling of complex geometries. René served as simulation astronaut for the project Moonwalk’s Mars demonstrations in Rio Tinto, Spain in 2016.

Team members


Chris has been working with LIQUIFER since its foundation and has been a collaborator of René Waclavciek and Barbara Imhof even before for nearly a decade. He provides support to business strategy and development. Chris has 40+ years of experience working for European and international space activities. He worked for 35 years at Astrium Space Transportation where his role involved systems engineering, project management, marketing and business strategy. Chris spent a year (2011/12) as a visiting scholar at the Space Policy Institute in Washington DC, studying issues of international cooperation for space exploration. Chris has a BSc (Engineering) from Leicester University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in England.


Monika holds a Master in Architecture from Lund University, Sweden and has a Master in Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment at Newcastle University. She researches biofabrication strategies for stabilising regolith using mycelium, to construct inhabitable structures, in resource-limited Martian conditions. Monika also collaborates with the Astrobiology lab at NASA Ames Research Centre. Further, Monika is a co-founder of Bio-Futures for Transplanetary Habitats, a research platform which aims to explore and enable interdisciplinary research on transplanetary habitats and habitable structures in extreme environments through an emphasis on the biosocial and biotechnological relations. She has been with LIQUIFER since its inception.


Ingo earned his Diploma and Phd in Physics from the Technical University of Braunschweig where he also worked at the Institute for Physics of Metals between 1981 and 1986. After that he started working for Airbus Defence and Space in Bremen and was the systems engineer and project manager of the Net Capture System for the Remove Debris mission demonstrating for the first time the capture of a rotating debris in space. He was the systems engineer of the Bartolomeo Platform attached to the Columbus module. Ingo also worked for experiments and cargo on ISS and Space Shuttle/Spacehab missions, e.g on the Anthrorack/D2 and External Stowage Platform 2 and 3, as well as on hardware for human spaceflight related activities, e.g. membrane base de-gassing device installed on the Columbus cooling loop.