Bernhard Winking first graduated from the University of Munster in Structural Engineering after completing a mason's apprenticeship. He worked in the Office of Professor Gerhard Graubner in Aachen and Hannover for the period of 3 years, followed by his studies in Architecture at Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, where Godber Nissen and Werner Hebebrand should become his mentors. Already in 1965 he established the Architectural Partnership Patschan Winking (in 1968 Patschan Werner Winking), becoming part of the academical (teaching) staff at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg in the same year. After a substitute Professorship for Godber Nissen he was appointed Professor for Structural Development in 1978. During the years of 1972 and 1988 Bernhard Winking was member of the Board of the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA in Hamburg. His appointment to the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung followed in 1982. The foundation of the Office of Professor Bernhard Winking Architekten BDA took place in 1993, now located in Hamburg and Berlin. He established his Partnership with Martin Froh in 1997. Due to his long working experience in China, Bernhard Winking was called to the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou as a Visiting Professor in 2008. Far more than 100 realized Projects, internationally and German, many awards and prizes as well as his work as a competition judge make Bernhard Winking to one of the leading Architects in Germany.
Martin Froh, Partner in the Office of Winking · Froh Architekten BDA, completed his studies in Architecture at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. Already while being a student he worked for serveral renowned Architect's Offices in Hamburg. After joining the Office of Patschan Winking he founded their Berlin Office in 1993. A few years later, in 1997, Bernhard Winking and Martin Froh established their Partnership. He is a registered member of the Hamburg and Berlin Chamber of Architects. In 1997 he was appointed to the Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA. Martin Froh signs responsible for the planning of all Chinese Projects. His main emphasize is laid on the planning of competitions, expertises, and designs. Since 1990 he has won more than 20 partly international and open competitions. Several have been realized, such as Alice-Salomon-Hochschule in Berlin, extension of Davidwache in Hamburg, HypoVereinsbank in Prague, Palais am Pariser Platz in Berlin, and Ningbo Book City in China. At present he realizes among other projects the new Building of the Main Customs of the City of Hamburg in the new developed Hafencity.