Albert Speer, © AS&P - Albert Speer & Partner GmbH, photo: Jens Braune


studied Architecture at Munich’s Technical University and then worked for various international architectural offices before founding his own studio AS&P in 1964. He has been a member of BDA since 1960, and in 1970 was made a member of the German Academy for Town and Landscape Planning; in 2008 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees for National Urban Development Policy. In 1972 he was made Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Kaiserslautern, where he was active until 1997. He has played a major role in urban planning in Frankfurt/Main, contributing decisively to the development plans for the riverside area, the central traffic guidance system for downtown and the master plan and high-rise concept for the Mainzer Landstrasse development axis. He has realized countless major projects both nationally and internationally, among others in China and Nigeria.

Richard Hassel


was born 1966 in Perth, Australia, and graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1989. He was awarded a Master of Architecture degree from the RMIT University in Melbourne in 2002. He worked for Kerry Hill Architects in Singapore from 1989 until 1994. Together with Wong Mun Summ he founded the practice WOHA in 1994, in Singapore. Among the numerous awards they received are: The 2011 RIBA Lubetkin Prize for The Met in Bangkok, three RIBA International Awards and four Awards at the World Architecture Festival, as well as the International Highrise Award 2010.

Catherine Slessor


is Editor of the Architectural Review. As an architectural editor, critic and writer she has contributed to international architecture and design magazines, as Architectural Record (USA), Arquitectura Viva (Spain), Arkitektur (Sweden), De Architect (The Netherlands) and Bauwelt (Germany); her publications include Eco Tech, and Concrete Regionalism. She has lectured in various countries, has been a guest critic at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes University and has won the International Building Press award for Architectural Journalist of the Year three times.

Carol Willis


is the founder, director, and curator of The Skyscraper Museum in New York City and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University. An architectural and urban historian, she is the author of Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago, which received an AIA book award and was named »Best Book on North American Urbanism, 1995« by the Urban History Association. Critic Herbert Muschamp has praised Ms. Willis in The New York Times as »the brilliant and energetic woman who created the Skyscraper Museum in 1996 from nothing but her imagination, her passion for New York architecture, and her belief in the importance of history and the value of the public realm.«

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sirgurdur Gunnarsson


born 1968 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Studied Structural Engineering in Reykjavik and Darmstadt, Germany. He received his doctoral degree from Darmstadt in 1998. In Germany, he worked at Werner Sobek Engineers in Stuttgart and was founder and managing director of osd – office for structural design in Frankfurt. In 2006 he joined Almenna Consulting Engineers in Iceland where he was a partner until 2010. Today he is for design and development at Reinertsen Engineering in Oslo, Norway. 2002–2009 he was guest professor at Staedelschule Architecture Class, 2006–2011 sessional instructor at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and since 2012 Professor at Bergen School of Architecture.

Prof. Felix Semmelroth


born 1949 in Kassel; studied English Literature, Political Science and Sociology; awarded a Ph.D. in 1977. From 1978 to 1981 lecturer of English Literature at the University of Bremen; parallel through to 1985 Lecturer of Sociology at the Evangelische Lutherstift in Falkenburg; from 1985 to 1989 Fellow in the English Studies Dept. at Darmstadt Technical University, where he has held an honorary professorship since 1997. As of 1989 Head of Literature and General Cultural Affairs in Frankfurt’s Municipal Office of Culture, then PA to the Lord Mayoress. and as of 1999 Head of the Lord Mayor’s Office. Since July 2006 Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture and Head of the Frankfurt/Main Culture and Science Dept.

Thomas Scmengler


born in 1956; worked for Jones Lang LaSalle for 18 years, where he was appointed Head of Investments Germany. He then went on to become Managing Director of KIZ Projektentwicklung GmbH in Bad Soden-Salmünster before being made Managing Director of Deka Immobilien GmbH on September 1, 2008.

Peter Cachola Schmal


is an architect and has been working at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt since 2000. He has curated exhibitions attracting wide notice like »digital real«, the first show on digitally planned and realized »Blobmeister« (Blob Master) buildings, and »Licht und Schatten in der Architektur« (»Light and Shadow in Architecture«); further exhibitions on the work of UNStudio and Schlaich Bergermann & Partner, and documentation of competitions for projects such as the new ECB building and Frankfurt Terminal 3. He works as an architecture critic and publicist and has been the Director of the DAM since 2006.

Annette Bögle


studied Civil Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, where, supervised by Prof. Jörg Schlaich, she was also awarded a doctorate. From 1994 until 1995 she worked for Boll und Partner as an engineer, and from then until 2001 as a Research Associate at the Institute of Construction and Design II at the University of Stuttgart. She was a curator of the exhibition »leicht weit – Light Structures« at DAM, Frankfurt/Main; between 2004 and 2011, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Technical University in Berlin. Since 2011 she has been Professor of structural engineering at HafenCity Universität Hamburg.

Johann Eisele


studied Civil Engineering from 1970 until 1971 and then, until 1978, Architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Between 1979 and 1984 he was a research assistant and in 1990 was appointed professor. From 2004 until 2008 he was a lecturer at the European Business School (ebs), since when he has taught at the University of Regensburg (IREBS). In 1979 he founded »Eisele + Fritz« and in 2006 »EISELE STANIEK+«. He has taken part in several national and international competitions, among other things winning first prize in 1996 for the Environmental Technology Center in Berlin, third prize in 2004 in the worldwide competition for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt|Main, and first prize in 2005 for the Ankara Shopping Center.