Collein studied at the Technical University of Darmstadt and at the Bauhaus Dessau with Walter Gropius and Hannes Meyer . Until 1938 he worked for architects in Munich, Berlin and Vienna, mainly on social housing and hospitals. From 1939 to 1945 he served in the Wehrmacht .
From 1945 to 1948 he was an employee of the building construction office in Berlin, after the division of Berlin in 1948 head of the building construction office in East Berlin until 1951, then head of the city planning office. In 1951 he became professor for urban planning and vice-president, in 1958 head of the institute for regional, urban and village planning of the German Academy of Architecture . 1955 to 1958 he was chairman of the advisory board for construction of the Council of Ministers of the GDR. From 1958 he planned the second construction phase of Berlin's Stalinallee between Strausberger Platz and Alexanderplatz together with Josef Kaiser and Werner Dutschke . From 1963 to 1971 he was chairman of the Scientific Council, from 1966 to 1975 he was president of the " Association of German Architects " in the GDR, which in 1971 was renamed the " Association of Architects of the GDR ", and from 1978 its honorary member.
From 1954 to 1963 Collein was a candidate for the Central Committee of the SED .
- Gerd Dietrich: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 1. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 . . In:
- Literature by and about Edmund Collein in the catalog of the German National Library
- Edmund Collein. In: arch INFORM .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German architect|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 10, 1906|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Bad Kreuznach|
|DATE OF DEATH||January 21, 1992|
|Place of death||Berlin|