Albert Speer, Jr.

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Albert Speer, Jr.
A smiling caucasian male with grey hair, blue eyes, in front of a white background. He is wearing a light grey shirt and dark grey jacket.
Albert Speer in 2010
Born Albert Speer, Jr.
(1934-07-29) 29 July 1934 (age 81)
Berlin, Germany
Occupation Architect

Albert Speer (German pronunciation: [ˈʃpeːɐ̯]; born 29 July 1934) is a German architect and urban planner. He is the son of Albert Speer (1905-81) who was Adolf Hitler's chief architect before assuming the office of Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich during World War II.[1][2] Albert Speer, Jr.'s grandfather, Albert Friedrich Speer, was also an architect.

Career[edit]

Speer won his first international prize in 1964, and opened his own architect's office. He has had great international success, and has done a great deal of work in Saudi Arabia. In 1977 he became professor of urban planning at the University of Kaiserslautern. His firm has had an office in Shanghai since 2001.[3]

In 1984 he founded the company Büro Albert Speer & Partner in Frankfurt am Main, which currently has more than 100 employees and is one of the largest and most reputable architectural and urban planning companies in Germany.[4] He was responsible for the design of Expo 2000 in Hanover, design of the Shanghai International Automobile City and the Central Axis in Beijing.[5][6] Speer, Jr. was part of the architectural firm involved in Munich's bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics,[7] and in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk/biographies/albert-speer.html
  2. ^ Khrushcheva, Nina (7 August 2008). "Olympic hubris: Albert Speer's son helped design the architecture of the Beijing games. But the similarities with Berlin 1936 don't end there". London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  3. ^ DW Staff (jp) (20 April 2004). "Architect Sheds Father's Legacy in China". dw-world.de. Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Profile". www.as-p.de. AS&P – Albert Speer & Partner GmbH. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Smith, Nicola; Bagenal, Flora (12 August 2007). "Hitler architect’s son redraws Beijing". www.timesonline.co.uk (London: Times Newspapers Limited). Retrieved 7 January 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Klein, Jeff Z. "The Starting Line: From Jacques Rogge to Albert Speer Jr. to Leo Messi to Nude Britons, the Olympics Are Almost Here". olympics.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 7 January 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ List of proposed sports facilities to be used for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Munich, including Speer, Jr.'s company. – accessed 17 October 2009.[dead link]

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