Life in motion

Albert Speer led a busy life. He was always on the move, all over the world, be it on his scooter in the 1960s in Turkey, on the subway in Beijing, on the ICE fast train to Cologne or on a plane heading to one of the world’s major cities.


Albert Speer is born in Berlin

1952 – 1955

Carpenter’s apprenticeship and certificate in Heidelberg


High-school leaving certificate at night school in Nuremberg

1955 – 1960

Studies Architecture at the Technical University in Munich under Professors Döllgast, Hasenpflug, Ludwig and Wiedemann

1960 – 1964

Employed in companies in Germany, Sweden and Turkey, including Apel, Beckert und Becker (ABB) in Frankfurt/Main


Wins second prize in the competition for the development concept for the relocation of the station and downtown Ludwigshafen


Albert Speer founded his own office in Frankfurt/Main and since then he works as a freelance urban planner and architect on national and international projects


Awarded first freelance contract for a residential development in Limburgerhof nr. Ludwigshafen, Germany


Winner of the German Young Architects’ Prize (DEUBAU-Preis) for the satellite town Birkenheide, Ludwigshafen


Takes part in the competition for the tourism-related development of the region around the ancient town of Side on the Turkish Riviera


Gains first international contract: urban and regional planning of West Tripolitania, Libya

1968 – 1970

Handles urban renewal projects and legal zoning plans in Lübeck, Speyer and Worms, Germany


Citizens’ initiative against a tunnel under the “Zeil” in Frankfurt/Main


Made a member of the Association of German Architects (BDA) and member of the German Academy of Urban and Regional Planning

1971 – 1972

Develops tourism master plan for the Kingdom of Nepal


Wins planning contract for the DG Bank headquarters in Frankfurt/Main

1972 – 1997

Appointed Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the
University of Kaiserslautern

1973 – 1981

Acts as planning consultant (integrated planning team for the Algerian planning authorities: over 30 employees in Algeria for 2 years) for 15 cities for the State of Algeria (client: Cadat)


Founds Speerplan GmbH


Starts regional development planning in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate


Awarded the contract for the planning and construction of the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Begins work as a consultant to the City of Frankfurt/Main

1979 – 1983

In charge of planning and construction of a residential development for employees of the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry

1980 – 1982

Devises development concept for the “Museumsufer” in Frankfurt/Main


Consultant for the redevelopment of Paulsplatz square in Frankfurt/Main

1983 - 1985

Tables the master plan for downtown Frankfurt/Main and devises the master plan and high-rise development concept for the Mainzer Landstrasse axis in Frankfurt/Main


Founds AS&P - Albert Speer & Partner GmbH

1986 – 1988

Prepares the bid book and master plan for the 2000 Olympic Games in Frankfurt/Main


Awarded first major project in China: Development structure for Guang Fu Dao district in Tianjin


Designs the “Holbeinsteg” pedestrian bridge over the River Main and the DG Bank “City Haus” in Frankfurt/Main

1990 – 1993

Implements numerous major national and international projects, including the Trianon high-rise and the Telenorma office complex in Frankfurt/Main, and the OAU Conference Center and prototype ministerial buildings in Abuja, Nigeria


Visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich

1994 – 2000

Master planner and member of the Design Council for EXPO 2000 in Hanover


Professor Albert Speer Foundation established


Plans the Anting model town in Shanghai


Starts master planning for the “Europaviertel” district in Frankfurt/Main

1999 – 2000

Devises plans for Shanghai International Automobile City and other major
projects in China

1999 – 2001

Construction of Victoria Tower in Mannheim

2000 – 2002

Prepares tourism master plan for Croatia and Montenegro


Opens a joint representative office in Shanghai together with Fichtner Engineers

2001 – 2004

Prepares development concepts for EXPO 2010 in Shanghai

2001 – 2005

Location selection, functional design and coordination services for the new “Allianz Arena” soccer stadium in Munich


Urban design study for the 25-kilometer central urban axis in Beijng

2002 – 2004

Develops of the City of Leipzig bid for the 2012 Olympic Games


Receives the Goethe Award from the City of Frankfurt

2003 – 2004

Handles transportation and urban design framework planning for the 25-kilometer King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz urban corridor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Leading Architecture Award bestowed by the Federation of Associations of German Architects and Engineers


In charge of design and construction of a new court building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 1st prize in the international competition


Awarded the Federal Order of Merit on Ribbon by Udo Corts, Hessian minister for science and the arts

2006 – 2007

Manages revisions to the master plan for Abuja, Nigeria


AS&P Architecture Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary, founded


Develops a strategic general plan for “6th of October City / Sheik Zayed City”, Cairo


Provides master plans for six selected regions in Russia to promote national tourism

2007 – 2008

Compiles strategic master plan for Cologne city center and the district of Deutz on the right-hand bank of the Rhine


Made a member of the National Urban Development Policy Board of Trustees

2009 – 2010

Develops the successful Bid Book for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar

2009 – 2013

Handles planning and construction of the Fraport AG headquarters at Frankfurt Airport; certification with the “German Sustainable Building Quality Seal in Gold” by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)


Awarded the Special Prize of the 2010 ULI Leadership Award by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Germany


1st prize in the international competition for the master plan “North Bund”, Shanghai


Award of contract to develop the strategic master plan for urban design and development of transport in Alexandria up to 2032


Green Building Frankfurt RhineMain Architecture Prize for “Campo am Bornheimer Depot”, at the time Germany’s largest passivhaus-standard residential quarter on an inner-city redevelopment site


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) appoints Albert Speer Honorary Professor, honored as a TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor for Architects

2011 – 2014

In charge of object planning and monitoring of firms working on construction of the new European Central Bank (ECB) on the site of the former “Großmarkthalle” wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Frankfurt/Main


Member of the Advisory Board for Economic and Future Issues of the Hessian Ministry of Economy, Transport, Urban and Regional Development

2012 – 2014

Preparation of a master plan and innovation handbook for the InnovationCity Ruhr, Model City Bottrop project


Prof. Albert Speer celebrates his 80th birthday


HeidelbergCement AG commissions AS&P to realize its Group headquarters in Heidelberg. For Audi AG, the company devises the structural planning for the Audi IN‑Campus in Ingolstadt.


A new chapter begins: Friedbert Greif, Axel Bienhaus and Joachim Schares, partners and members of the management for many years, take the lead. Albert Speer continues to be a source of inspiration and ideas for the company. AS&P evolves into AS+P.


It’s the end of an era: The company’s founder Professor Albert Speer passes away in September aged 83.