Having trained as a carpenter he studied Architecture.Nowadays he plans 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 AS+P, the architecture and planning firm he founded in 1964 has a payroll of more than 180 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, for the EXPO 2000 in Hanover and 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. 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. The firm is currently working on the future-oriented master plan and the innovation manual for “InnovationCity Ruhr”, with Bottrop as a model city, and the strategic master plan for the urban development of Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city.
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). 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.