Having trained as a carpenter he studied Architecture. He planed entire cities all over the world.
Professor Albert Speer was born in 1934 in Berlin; he initially trained as a carpenter and gained his high school leaving certificate before studying Architecture in Munich; he then went on to specialize in planning entire cities and regions worldwide. Prof. Speer was Chair of Urban and Regional Planning at Kaiserslautern Technical University for over 25 years. Nowadays, the architecture and planning firm he founded in 1964 has a payroll of more than 200 employees. From the outset there was an international thrust to Albert Speer’s work. In 2007, AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH opened a branch office in Shanghai.
His most important projects include the master plans for several new cities in China and for the EXPO 2000 in Hanover as well as the successful bid for the FIFA World CupTM 2022 in Qatar. Among other things, Prof. Albert Speer designed the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and drew up concepts for the Central Area of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Since 2010, he worked on the strategic master plan for the City of Alexandria in Egypt. In Germany, he developed the master plan for Cologne city center and the memorandum “Frankfurt for Everyone”, a strategic urban development study whose target horizon is 2030. 2013 saw the completion of the Fraport AG headquarters at Frankfurt Airport and one of the numerous passive apartment block projects, the “Lyoner Carrée”. From 2012 to 2014, the office was working on the pioneering master plan and innovation manual for InnovationCity Ruhr | Model City Bottrop. The new construction for the HeidelbergCement Headquarters will be ready for use in 2019.
Professor Albert Speer has been a member of the German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning since 1970. In 1995, he founded the Professor Albert Speer-Foundation. In 2004, he received the Leading Architecture Award from the German Association of Architects and Civil Engineers. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of “Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik” (National Urban Development Policy). Professor Albert Speer has received the Goethe Badge of the City of Frankfurt/Main, the Leading Architecture Award, and the Federal Order of Merit. In 2011, he was made an Honorary Professor of the Technical University in Munich.