Tobias walked for a few years around Max Bill´s HfG building in Ulm before he studied architecture in Berlin, Germany and in Delft in the Netherlands.
As a student he worked for Hilmer und Sattler in Berlin and joined the office of Antje Freiesleben and Johannes Modersohn, when they set up their practice in 1994.
In the following years, until 2003 he designed and built several houses in the M & F office, participated in some larger projects, as well as working on numerous competitions and studies.
After 2003 Tobias set up his own practice working on smaller commissions and a larger family. He wrote a book, “The life of things” focusing on the work done in the previous years in the M & F office. With this endeavour he clarified his architectural position. The book was published in 2009.
He continued the collaboration with Modersohn & Freiesleben as an independent partner after 2008 when the collaboration on the Kochi River Project started, a resort in Kochi, Kerala, India.
Since construction works in Kochi started Tobias shares his time between India and Berlin.
The facilities for the resort, the gardens and interiors have been developed in close connection with the local expertise, material and craftsmanship. The work in Kerala is a permanent source of pleasure and excitement, shaped by surprises and the constant necessity to learn and to adjust.
In 2017 Tobias and Antje Freiesleben started selling furniture manufactured by craftsmen in South India. The pieces are partly generic designs, partly designed by Tobias and Hendrike Farenholtz.