Mirko Tegeder completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter in 2003
in Kaltenkirchen, Germany, with a focus on ecological timber frame construction. He graduated in 2011 as Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) / Graduate Engineer in Architecture at the HafenCity Universitaet Hamburg, Germany.

After working at an architecture firm specialising in energy-efficient
housing development and later, at a carpentry company
focussing on the restoration of historical buildings,
a research trip to South Africa made Mirko decide to stay in Cape Town.

In 2014, Mirko started a planning office company called, em.ty space (Pty)Ltd. which quickly developed into a company for planning and building timber construction.  He’s been building timber homes in South Africa since 2017
under the new name, Timberliving.