Life in motion

Albert Speer leads a busy life. He is 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.

1934

Albert Speer is born in Berlin

1952 – 1955

Carpenter’s apprenticeship and certificate in Heidelberg

1955

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

1964

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

1964

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

1964

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

1966

Winner of the German Young Architects’ Prize (Deubau Essen)

1966

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

1968

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

1970

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

1970

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

1972

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)

1973

Founds Speerplan GmbH

1975

Starts regional development planning in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate

1977

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

1979

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

1983

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

1985

Founds AS&P - Albert Speer & Partner GmbH

1986 – 1988

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

1990

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

1990

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

1994

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

1995

Professor Albert Speer Foundation established

1997

Plans the Anting model town in Shanghai

1998

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

2001

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

2002

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

2003

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

2004

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

2005

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

2006

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

2007

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

2007

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

2007

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

2008

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)

2010

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

2010

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

2010

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

2011

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

2011

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

2012 – 2014

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

2014

Prof. Albert Speer celebrates his 80th birthday