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Hansjörg Göritz
German architect, author

Hansjörg Göritz

Hansjörg Göritz
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Intro German architect, author
A.K.A. Hansjorg Goritz
Is Architect Author Professor Educator Writer
From Germany
Field Academia Engineering Literature
Gender male
Birth 5 June 1959, Hanover, Germany
Age 63 years
Star sign Gemini
Hansjörg Göritz
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Hansjörg Göritz (English: Hansjoerg Goeritz; born 5 June 1959) is a German-American architect, professor, author and designer associated with pure and minimalist architecture that emphasizes place, space, light and material. For his early works he was awarded one of the most prestigious architecture awards in Germany in 1996, the Development Award Baukunst to the Kunstpreis Berlin by the Academy of Arts, Berlin. In 2013 he was recognized as an Affiliated Fellow to the American Academy in Rome.


Goeritz was born in Hannover, West Germany and grew up in the vernacular context of Lower Saxony as the son of a mason. After his Abitur he apprenticed to a mason with honors as Best of the Guild. At the same time he enrolled for courses at an evening school for master masons, after which he apprenticed in architecture mainly as an autodidact, in conjunction with studies at Hildesheim University of Applied Arts and Sciences, and at the London Architectural Association School of Architecture. After Grand Tours d'Orients in the Mediterranean, to Cistercian monasteries, to picturesque gardens in England, and travels in Scandinavia he practices with his Studio in Hannover since 1986, and Berlin since 2007.

He has taught architecture as a visiting professor at Hildesheim University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 1995 - 1997, as a tenured professor at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 1999 - 2001, and is a professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville, Tennessee, since 2007. In an international arena he lectures widely and was a visiting critic at prestigious institutions including the Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio and Yale, is a visiting adjunct faculty at Auburn University, and has taught at the 2018 UT Finland Architecture Summer Institute at Aalto University Helsinki. By appointment he is affiliated to Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA (German Association of Architects) since 1993 and Deutscher Werkbund DWB (German Association of Fine Works) since 2000, and is an International Associate with the American Institute of Architects AIA since 2007.

He designed Liechtenstein's state forum and parliament buildings, the first in its history, for which he was awarded the international Brick Award 2010 that was previously awarded to Pritzker laureate Peter Zumthor in 2008. His Expo 2000 train station design is materialized with custom made Florentine cobalt blue glass blocks and blue pigmented concrete to match the color of the German state railway corporate design on the Expo-line, connecting the airport to the Expo fairgrounds, in Hannover, Germany. The project became an exhibit at the 6th Biennale di Architettura, Venice 1996.

Among other notable recognitions he was a state nominee for the German Villa Massimo Rome Prize 1988, for the German international architects and architecture critics award, the Erich-Schelling-Award 1998, and was awarded the Deubau-Award for Young German Architects 1994, the BDA Award Lower Saxony 1994, and the German Brick Award 1994.


Göritz is married to Gisela Göritz. The couple has two children, Cornelius, a filmmaker and specialist for vintage Porsche cars, and Camilla, an actress

Selected projects

  • 1989 House with Glass Block Lantern (M Dentist Office), Hannover, Germany
  • 1990 House on Columns within a House (Suburban H Residence), Pattensen, Germany
  • 1992 Stone House inside Timber House (Rural K Residence), Kirchhorst, Germany
  • 1993 Stone Wall (Klimmt Head Offices + Showroom), Hildesheim, Germany
  • 1993 Hall within Stone Block (Suburban H Residence), Ahlem, Germany
  • 1996 Long Dormitorium (Suburban Condominiums), Bemerode, Germany
  • 1997 Volumes of Glass Blocks (Metro Rail Station EXPO 2000), Hannover Nordstadt, Germany
  • 1991 - 2007 Medallion, (Baroque Timber Market Square), Wolfenbüttel, Germany
  • 2001 - 2008 Supreme House (National Forum and Assembly), Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein
  • 2007 Concrete Origami, (New Rhine River Embankment Promenade), Basel, Switzerland
  • 2008 - 2009 Grand Garden (Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum), Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Awards and recognitions

  • 1988 Villa Massimo, German Rome Prize, Section Architecture, State Nominee, Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and Culture
  • 1994 BDA Award Lower Saxony 1994, German Association of Architects, acknowledgment for Klimmt Head Offices
  • 1994 BDA Award Lower Saxony 1994, German Association of Architects, award for H Residence
  • 1994 National Brick Award 1994 for 'Hall within Stone Block', 'Stone House inside Timber House', and 'Stone Wall'
  • 1994 National Deubau-Preis Junge Architekten [6] 1994 for 'Hall within Stone Block', 'Stone House inside Timber House', and 'Stone Wall'
  • 1996 Kunstpreis Berlin 1996, Development Award Baukunst, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Germany
  • 1998 Erich-Schelling-Award 1998, Trustees Nominee, International Award for Architects and Architecture Critics
  • 2000 Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva Switzerland, selects writings and buildings for trust's collection
  • 2006 Hyde Chair of Excellence, shortlisted, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, USA
  • 2007 Postage Stamp, Series 'Contemporary Architecture', First Edition 19 November 2007, New Parliament, Principality of Liechtenstein
  • 2008 Bundesstiftung Baukultur Potsdam [German Foundation for Built Culture] selects public buildings for trust's collection
  • 2009 German Architecture Museum DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany selected Liechtenstein National Assembly
  • 2010 Brick Award 2010, International Prime Award for Liechtenstein State Forum and National Assembly
  • 2010 Scholar of the Week, University of Tennessee, for merits of the International Brick Award 2010
  • 2012 Prometheus Leadership Award, University of Tennessee, Center for Educational Leadership, for contributions to improve education through an interdisciplinary approach to leadership, learning and service
  • 2013 American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship, University of Tennessee, for Rome research proposal 'Intra Murus', including studies on Louis I. Kahn's 1953 AAR residence

Selected publications

  • 1994 Frankfurter Allgemeine Feuilleton 22 March 1994 (Lernen von Vitruvius - Erinnerung an vergessene Ursprünge: Die preisgekrönte Architektur von Hansjörg Göritz, Gert Kähler)
  • 1994 Neue Zürcher Zeitung 1 July 1994 (Geist und Handwerk, Clemens Klemmer)
  • 1994 Centrum Jahrbuch Architektur und Stadt (Genauigkeit und Mythos - Steinhäuser von Hansjörg Göritz, Vieweg 1994) ISBN 3-528-08803-6
  • 1995 Architektur in Niedersachsen 1970-1995 (Junius, 1995) ISBN 3-88506-256-9
  • 1995 AIT 7-8 95 (Hommage - Heinz Bienefeld 1926 - 1995, Hansjörg Göritz 1995) ISSN 0173-8046
  • 1996 AIT 1-2 96 (Ungesetzte Steine - oder: Die Praxis kultureller Donquichotterie, Hansjörg Göritz 1996)
  • 1997 Berliner Zeitung Feuilleton 5 November 1997 (Ein Bahnhof ohne Stadt im Bauch, Klaus-Dieter Weiss)
  • 1998 Young German Architects 1 - Hansjörg Göritz (Birkhäuser, 1998) ISBN 3-7643-5782-7
  • 1998 Jahrbuch Licht und Architektur 1998 (Das Beispiel, Kalkuliertes Licht - Wiedergeburt architektonischen Raumes, Hansjörg Göritz 1998) ISBN 3-923974-74-4
  • 1998 Baukultur 5.98 (Riss und Raum - Plädoyer für eine neue Konvention des Bauens als Raumkunst, Hansjörg Göritz 1998)
  • 2000 Arche (Archen bauen - Mittler und Übergangsräume zwischen Hermetik und Hermeneutik, Hansjörg Göritz, Editor 2000)
  • 2000 Berliner Zeitung Feuilleton 7 April 2000 (Auf dem Weg zur Expo, Klaus-Dieter Weiss)
  • 2001 Neue Zürcher Zeitung 6 April 2001 (Das Parlament als Urhütte, Beat Aeberhard)
  • 2005 Liechtensteiner Vaterland 14 September 2005 (Interview Hansjörg Göritz, Wenigen ist ein solches Privileg gegeben, Susha Maier)
  • 2006 Baukultur 5.06 (Wohnen und Siedeln - Erkundungen des Essentiellen, Hansjörg Göritz 2006)
  • 2006 Baukultur 6.06 (Das Phaenomen Louis I Kahn, Hansjörg Göritz 2006)
  • 2007 Dortmunder Architekturheft No 20 (Hohes Haus - der Gesetzgebung Obdach geben, Hansjörg Göritz 2007) ISBN 978-3-88364-061-7
  • 2007 Alpenmagazin (Interview Hansjörg Göritz, Wie im Sandkasten, Urs Fitze)
  • 2008 Neue Zürcher Zeitung 10 March 2008 (Stadt im Werden, Roman Hollenstein)
  • 2008 hochparterre 4/08 (Der zweite Leitbau Liechtensteins, Benedikt Loderer)
  • 2009/2010 WIT/common ground (Vast Vicinity or Dense Garden Carpets - Learning from Essential Settlings and Dwellings, Hansjörg Göritz 2009/2010)
  • 2009 DBZ 2/09 (Die Leichtigkeit des Steins?, Hansjörg Göritz 2009)
  • 2009 Lighting India 1 (Calculated Light - On Essentials for Rebirth of Architectural Space, Hansjörg Göritz 2009)
  • 2009 German Architecture Annual 2009 - 2010 (Prestel, 2009) ISBN 978-3-7913-4367-9
  • 2010 brick '10 (Hansjörg Göritz Brick Award 2010, Callwey 2010) ISBN 978-3-7667-1824-2
  • 2010 Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture (Phaidon Press, 2010)
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