Tim Eian

Tim Eian


You could say Tim was destined to have a career in architecture. At age three he followed construction progress of his new family home in Germany with fascination. As a young teenager he worked as an intern with his parents’ architect. Already realizing his life’s passion, he further prepared himself by mastering the foundations of woodworking in a carpentry apprenticeship, earning the title Master Carpenter. He later graduated with honors, earning an architectural engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Tim has over twenty years of experience in both Germany and the U.S. Deeply influenced by exposure to stringent German environmental policies throughout his formative years, he has a strong conviction that protecting the earth for humankind is one of the key challenges of his generation.

With the desire to take residential design to a new level of sustainability, Tim founded TE Studio in 2008. The same year, he started designing the first certified Passive House home in Wisconsin, which is also the first to offer plus-energy levels of performance in the country. In 2009 he joined Stephan Tanner–architect of the first certified Passive House in the U.S.–at Intep. Tim was a founding board member of the Passive House Alliance U.S. In 2008, he also founded Passive House Minnesota—now a chapter of NAPHN, which has been promoting Passive House in Minnesota for well over a decade. He and his wife are raising their two children bilingually in their Good Energy Haus in Minneapolis.


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