Kai Franz was born in Cologne, Germany. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island and Berlin. Franz holds undergraduate degrees in architecture from RWTH Aachen and ETH Zurich. As a Fulbright Fellow he studied fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA). In 2012, he graduated from the Masters in Architecture program at Princeton University. In 2013–14 he was an artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. Today, Kai Franz is a Professor in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design.