Ar­chi­tect shad­owed by his fa­ther’s past

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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.

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 1987

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.

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