Georg Scheicher was born in Hallein, Austria, in 1958.
His father – architect, master carpenter and businessman by trade – was always curious, bustling and full of visions. As soon as the early 60s he invites Scandinavian maestros such as Hans Wegener, Mogens Koch, Arne Jacobsen and Alvar Alto to his local furniture store, which was known as „Einrichtungshaus Scheicher“ in those days.
His mother – a well read bookseller from cosmopolitan Berlin – was a breath of fresh air for the „grey“ Hallein of the 50s.
Discussions about arts, design and craftsmanship qualities were an integral part of everyday family life.
After completing elementary school, Georg Scheicher attended the technical college (HTL) for the timber industry. He masters the art of carpentry and spends a lot of his spare time working in the family business. Finally, he moves to the Vienna to study at the local University of Economy (thesis topic: „Architecture as a Marketing Instrument“).
The emergence of the „green resistance“ against the planned nuclear power plant in Zwentendorf and the consequential destruction of Hainburg floodplains uncover a knot in his world view that he initially finds hard to unravel. He is certain that it is vital to protect both nature and its resources, but equally certain that he has no interest whatsoever to be part of the eco-aesthetics that were defined by Birkenstock and jute products. So the urge to combine both his desires grew. Shape has to bow down to environmental compatibility, but it should do so with style and grace. Georg Scheicher now knew that it was his calling to give sustainability an acceptable face.
A meeting of minds with Alessandro Mendini at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna lays the foundation for a post-graduate study of industrial design (focus on furniture design and interior design) at the Domus Academy in Milano, Italy.
A critical approach towards professors such as Gaetano Pesce, Andrea Branzi, Philippe Starck, Ettore Sottsass and others lead to the realisation that any design process has not only got to focus on functionality and shape, but also resource efficiency – and that this does not mean that it has to lose its elegance („form follows sustainability with elegance“). Design alone is not everything!
In the era of Memphis and post-modernity he discusses, drafts and executes concepts based on the motto „form follows sustainability“ together with fellow believers.
1988: Under the banner of the aforementioned motto he co-founds the O2 „design for a better future“ network, which went on to develop into a worldwide phenomenon (www.o2.org)
1989: Exhibition in the Milan-based Triennale (Neolite) with O2
1990: Invitation to Tokyo, Japan, to create an Eco Design Exhibition in the SEIBU Ginsa
During the 1990s he and O2 also organised Eco Design Conventions in Paris (France), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Rotterdam (Netherlands).
1992: March through Milano during the international furniture fair and publication of a manifest regarding the sustainability of our resource usage; Rudolf M. Scheicher was also part of the march.
In 1997 Hallein established a course for Eco Design, which did not only gain the support of Georg Scheicher, but also persuaded him to act as lecturer for a while.
Since 2005 he passes on his experience as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Kuchl, Austria, on the subjects of wood technology, wood construction and design/product management.
2006 saw the completion of a milestone project in the field of sustainable architecture: the so-called „S-House“ in Böheimkirchen, Lower Austria, became the first „Factor 10 Passive House“ built using „cradle-to-cradle“ technology.
- State prize for architecture and sustainability
- R.I.O. Award 2006 awarded by the Aachen-based Kathy Beys Foundation – „Brain Waves instead of Mass Waves“
- Milestone Prize „Dr. Erwin Pröll Zukunftspreis 2006“ awarded by the federal province of Lower Austria
- Global 100 Eco Tech Award 2005, EXPO 2005 Aichi Japan for the „S-House“
The groundwork for all these awards was already laid many years before.
RIOF is founded.
In 2010 the time to take the next step has come:
The foundation of RIOF is agreed – a project that has been carried along over the years and grown in the process.