Ernst Heinrich (building researcher)

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Ernst Heinrich (born December 15, 1899 in Spandau , † March 28, 1984 ibid) was a German building researcher .

After studying architecture at the Technical University of Berlin from 1920 to 1925, he received his doctorate there in 1933. In 1948 he completed his habilitation at the Technical University of Berlin, first became a private lecturer and, in 1952, professor and chair holder for building history and building survey at the TU Berlin. He held this chair until his retirement in 1965.

In the field of historical building research he carried out research on the Orient in particular. His main interest was the architecture of ancient Mesopotamia. He wrote a large number of writings on this subject. Before the Second World War he was a participant in excavations in Uruk , Iraq, on behalf of the German Orient Society . From 1967 he led excavations in Habuba Kabira and from 1969 at Mumbaqat in Syria .

Heinrich's estate is in the university archive of the TU Berlin .

Fonts (selection)

  • Buildings in Old Sumerian Visual Art. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1957
  • with Kurt Bittel (Ed.): Vorderasiatische Aräologie. Studies and essays. Anton Moortgat on his 65th birthday. Mann, Berlin 1964
  • The temples and sanctuaries in ancient Mesopotamia. de Gruyter, Berlin 1982,
  • The palaces in ancient Mesopotamia. de Gruyter, Berlin 1984, ISBN 3-11-009979-9


  • Goerd Peschken, Dieter Radicke, Tilmann Johannes Heinisch (Ed.): Festschrift Ernst Heinrich. Presented to the building researcher, building historian and university professor on the occasion of his 75th birthday. University library of the Technical University, Berlin 1974, ISBN 3-7983-0537-4 .
  • Gernot Wilhelm : Between the Tigris and the Nile: 100 years of excavations by the German Orient Society in the Middle East and Egypt. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 1998, ISBN 3-8053-2491-X , p. 9
  • German Orient Society: Communications from the German Orient Society in Berlin 106, 1964. Self-published, Berlin 1974

Web links


  1. University archive of the TU Berlin : Flyer with chronicle and self-description (PDF; 1.2 MB), 2012, accessed on May 4, 2020