Martin Rein-Cano was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. He studied Art History at Frankfurt University and Landscape Architecture at the Technical Universities of Hannover and Karlsruhe. He trained in the office of Peter Walker and Martha Schwartz in San Francisco and has worked with the office of Gabi Kiefer in Berlin. Martin Rein-Cano has been appointed as a guest professor in Europe and North America and frequently lectures at internationally renowned universities and cultural institutions. He also regularly serves on competition juries. In 1996 he founded the TOPOTEK 1 office. In 1999, Lorenz Dexler became a managing partner at the studio.
TOPOTEK 1 understands itself as a traveller within the fringe areas of the different disciplines, typologies and scales. TOPOTEK 1 is rooted in the context of the design of public urban spaces and the process of developing urban topics, but also undertakes excursions into the conception and realisation of exhibitions and art installations.
Several professional books and articles have been published exclusively on his work, which has been honoured with many awards and prizes. In 2013 TOPOTEK 1 received the gold medal from the International Olympic Committee IOC/IAKS Architecture Award for the Superkilen project in Copenhagen and the bronze medal for the Heerenschürli sport facilities in Zurich; the Red Dot 'Best of the Best' Award, the Institute Honour Of National AIA Awards and the Award of Recognition for the German Landscape Architecture Prize 2013. Lastly Topotek1 was awarded the 1st Prize in the German Landscape Architecture Award 2015 for the project UNESCO World Heritage Site Abbey Lorsch and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016 for the Superkilen project.
Martin Rein Cano's work is rooted in the design of urban spaces and urban development plans, his key interest lies in combining various disciplines, taking things out of their traditional context and placing them in another.