Erich Schneider-Wessling

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Erich Schneider , called Erich Schneider-Wessling , (born June 22, 1931 in Weßling ; † September 28, 2017 in Cologne ) was a German architect and university lecturer .

Science Center Bonn (1973)


Erich Schneider-Wessling was born in 1931 as the son of a building contractor in Weßling in Upper Bavaria . After the early death of his parents, he grew up in Munich . From 1951 to 1956 he studied civil engineering and architecture at the Technical University of Munich , with Hans Döllgast , among others .

He spent the period between 1956 and 1960 in North and South America: First he had a Fulbright travel grant at the University of Southern California , Los Angeles , where he studied architecture history, among other things. He then sat in with well-known American architects, for example with Frank Lloyd Wright in Taliesin West in 1957 and with Richard Neutra in Los Angeles from 1958 to 1959 ; he also worked for Miguel Casas Armencol in Maracaibo , Venezuela .

When he returned to Germany, he ran his own architecture office in the Fluxus movement in Cologne from 1960 ; Typical designs for railway superstructures as well as terrace and hill houses with flexible floor plans were created. Schneider-Wessling took part in numerous architectural competitions and developed concepts for re-densifying inner cities at an early stage. In 1965 Schneider-Wessling was elected to the board of the Cologne branch of the Association of German Architects (BDA) . In 1968, together with Peter Busmann , he founded the Bauturm architectural association in Cologne. In 1969 he was appointed to the German Werkbund . From 1972 he held the professorship for urban renewal and living at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich , where in 1978 he founded the Reichenau architecture group (“Real Architecture”). In 1988 he was visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Since 1999 he was a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.

Grave site Erich and Dani (ele) Schneider-Wessling (2019)

His plan archive was transferred to the historical archive of the city of Cologne . He was married from 1958 until his death and had five children; his son Gabor Schneider and his daughter Dorothée are also architects.

Schneider-Wessling died in Cologne at the age of 86; he was buried on October 6, 2017 next to the grave of his daughter Daniele (1959–1994) in Cologne's Melaten Central Cemetery (lit. J).


Residential and commercial building on Albertusstrasse 18. With renovated facade (originally exposed to concrete)



  • Octavianne Hornstein (Ed.): Erich Schneider-Wessling. "... and that's what I call real architecture" (volume accompanying the exhibition in the Munich Architecture Gallery). Müller & Busmann, Wuppertal 1996, ISBN 3-928766-19-8 .
  • Heinrich Klotz (ed.): Building today. Contemporary architecture in the Federal Republic of Germany. Ullstein, Stuttgart / Frankfurt am Main 1985, ISBN 3-550-07475-1 .
  • Portraits of young architects. In: Der Baumeister , year 1968, issue 11.
  • Ute Reuschenberg: Fluxus + architecture. Building for the artistic avant-garde of the early 1960s. In: polis. Journal for Architecture and Urban Development , Volume 14, 2002, Issue 1, Pages 34–37

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Academy of the Arts mourns Erich Schneider-Wessling. Press release of the Akademie der Künste from September 29, 2017
  2. Andreas Rossmann : Flowing spaces. Erich Schneider-Wessling is dead. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of October 2, 2017, p. 11.
  3.,15189102,12617262.html Wooden houses to feel good
  4. ^ Josef Abt, Johann Ralf Beines, Celia Körber-Leupold: Melaten - Cologne graves and history. Greven, Cologne 1997, ISBN 3-7743-0305-3 , p. 218 .
  5. chh: obituary. Architect Erich Schneider-Wessling dies . In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger . Cologne October 2, 2017, p. 24 .
  6. a b c Karl Wilhelm Schmitt (Ed.): Single-family houses: new buildings and conversions DVA, 1976
  7. a b c d e f g h i NRW architecture database
  8. a b c d e f Der Baumeister Heft 11/1968
  9. Paulhans Peters (Ed.): Single-family houses individually and in groups Callwey, 1972
  10. German construction newspaper . Issue 6/1983
  11. Glass Forum . Issue 1/1985
  12. Stadthausquartier Lützowstraße
  13. ↑ Laying of the foundation stone for the administrative building in Hanover
  14. ^ Torhaus Brühlstraße - INCO GmbH engineering office. Retrieved March 4, 2018 .