Architect shadowed by his father’s past
BERLIN >> German architect and city planner Albert Speer Jr., who spent his life in the long shadow of his Nazi father, has died.
Speer, the son of Adolf Hitler’s favorite architect, died late Friday at age 83.
Speer suffered a fall on Thursday in his Frankfurt apartment, the German newspaper Bild reported.
Speer devoted his career to environmentally friendly city planning through such things as space minimization and energy-efficient designs.
Born in 1934, Speer began a carpentry apprenticeship after World War II before studying architecture in Munich. In 1964 he set up a practice for town planning and architecture in Frankfurt, which won many prizes and led to project after project.
His firm was involved with designs including the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt and the “Expo 2000” in Hanover.
Speer also designed stadiums for the Qatar 2022 football World Cup and worked on projects in Saudi Arabia and Algeria.
The elder Speer, who designed Hitler’s grandiose Nazi Party rally grounds in Nuremberg and was also armaments minister, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after the war.
Speer’s grandfather and great-grandfather were also architects.
German architect Albert Speer Jr., oldest son of Albert Speer, Hitler’s former architect and armament minister during World War II, poses next to a model he designed, during an interview in his office in Frankfurt, West Germany. Speer Jr. died Friday at age 83.