AS+P mourns the loss of Professor Albert Speer


AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH mourns the loss of its company´s founder and long-standing Managing Director Professor Albert Speer

Professor Speer, aged 83, passed away in the afternoon of September 15th suddenly and unexpected, surrounded by his closest family members and friends in Frankfurt.

Until the end of 2016, Professor Speer was part of the Management Board of AS+P and later remained a valuable advisor and source of inspiration and ideas for our architecture and planning office. Together with the change of management successfully completed at the end of 2016, the transition to a new generation took place. This transition had already been initiated by Professor Speer himself at an early stage and was relevantly shaped by him. Until today, the philosophy and approach of AS+P are based on principles and values strongly represented by Professor Speer`s ideals, and on the passion, curiosity and creativity with which he inspired everyone.

In deep sadness, we bid farewell to an extraordinary man who was always more a fatherly friend than a superior and who will remain an inspiration and idol to all of us. Our condolences and sincere sympathy go to the family of Professor Speer and all those close to him. 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.

Professor Speer was Chair of Urban and Regional Planning at Kaiserslautern Technical University for over 25 years. In this function, he influenced many of his later colleagues already during their university studies. In 1964, he founded his own architecture and planning firm which he, together with partners and colleagues, further developed into an inter­nationally successful and acknowledged company. Nowadays, AS+P employs more than 200 employees in its offices at Frankfurt and Shanghai.

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 which is dedicated to the training and promotion of young architectural and planning talents. 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). Prof. 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.

You can send your condolences to our postal address:

AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH, Hedderichstraße 108-110, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

The funeral took place only under participation of the closest family circle.

In commemoration of Professor Albert Speer, the Professor Albert Speer-Stiftung (foundation) can be be supported:

IBAN: DE 43 5011 0700 0015 3520 08


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photo Prof. Albert Speer (photo: AS+P Albert Speer + Partner GmbH/ Robert Fischer)