He received his diploma in Music and New Media from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 1992 and graduated with honors with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 1996.
Baumgartner is a professor currently teaching design for the graduate and undergraduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC) and has previously taught a graduate design studio at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). He also lectures and conducts workshops around the country and abroad at Oklahoma State University; the UDESIGN conference at the University of Monterrey, Mexico; the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA); the LA forum, Los Angeles; the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria; the Danube University Krems; the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC); Woodbury University; the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and the Roy and Edna Disney California Arts Theater.
Prior to founding BplusU Baumgartner worked as a senior associate and project architect at Gehry Partners for over a decade. He also collaborated with artist Richard Serra and worked on several large-scale sculptural projects in New Zealand, Naples, Toronto, and San Francisco.
In 2000, he co-founded BplusU, for which he is both Design Principal and Partner.