Rainer Schmidt (born 1954) is a German landscape architect, urban designer, and professor of landscape architecture at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Today, he operates out of three German offices located in Munich, Berlin, and Bernburg. His international work specializes in large scale projects in landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design. To date, projects are found in Germany, Austria, China, Algeria and the Middle East.
Life and career
Rainer Schmidt was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and had practiced in gardening and landscaping from 1972 to 1975. This inspired him to pursue an education in landscape architecture from 1975 to 1980 at the Hochschule Weihenstephan in Freising.
After graduating in 1980, Rainer Schmidt began his career as a landscape architect in the office of Gottfried Hansjakob where he progressed towards Senior Landscape Architect and line manager. Since 1986, he has been registered as a Landscape Architect by the Bavarian Chamber of Architects. In 1991, Schmidt started his own office "Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects + City Planners" and followed the call for professorship in landscape architecture at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Schmidt has also taught under Guest Professorship at the University of California Berkeley in 2007 and the University of Beijing, China in 2004. Since 2005, Rainer Schmidt has performed the role of Vice President of the German Society of Garden Architecture and Landscape Culture (DGGL). Since 2008, Schmidt has been registered by the Bavarian Chamber of Architects as an urban planner.
- 1998 International Trend Prize, for the project "Kempinski Hotel Airport, Munich, Germany"
- 2002 Hans Bickel Prize, for overall work
- 2003 Architecture + Technology Award, for the project “Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy, Freiburg, Germany”
- 2006 Premio Internazionale Torsanlorenzo, for the project "Bavarian National Museum, Munich, Germany"
- 2006 Premio Internazionale Torsanlorenzo for the project "Federal Garden Exhibition - BUGA, Munich, Germany"
- 2008 Premio Internazionale Torsanlorenzo for the project "Paulinum Grammar School, Schwaz, Austria"
- 2008 Premio Internazionale Torsanlorenzo for the project "Villa Heldmann Garden, St. Gilgen, Austria"
- 2009 BDLA Prize, for the project "Villa Heldmann Garden, St. Gilgen, Austria"
- 2013 DGNB Gold Certification, for the project "Think K- Forum K, Stuttgart, Germany“
Rainer Schmidt's work has been showcased in a number of publications, displaying a wide variety of built projects of residential gardens, historic museum landscapes, temporary garden exhibitions, parks, and open public spaces. Rainer Schmidt has been in collaboration with Architect Helmut Jahn on many projects over the previous years, including the landscapes of Munich Airport, Weser Tower, and Highlight Towers.
- Neubau Fachhochschule Campus, Bielefeld, Germany (Completed October 2013)
- Hans-Sachs-Haus, Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Completed August 2013)
- Pariser Höfe, Stuttgart, Germany (Completed 2013)
- Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Germany (Completed 2013)
- Think K, Stuttgart, Germany (Completed 2013)
- Hotel Leonardo Royal, Munich, Germany (Completed 2012)
- Villa Pienzenauerstraße, Munich, Germany (Completed 2012)
- Zukunft Park Killesberg, Stuttgart, Germany (Completed 2012)
- Wohnanlage PANDION PRIME, Munich, Germany (Completed December 2011)
- Wohnquartier Hirschgarten, Munich, Germany (Completed November 2011)
- Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, Germany (Completed March 2011)
- Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Dalian, China (Completed 2011)
- Culture Wave City Hangzhou, China (Completed 2009)
- Villen Cubuklu, Istanbul, Turkey (2008)
- Villengarten, St. Gilgen, Germany (Completed March 2007)
- Infineon, Munich, Germany (2006)
- Federal Garden Exhibition - Bundesgartenschau BUGA, Munich, Germany (2005)
- Doha Convention Center Tower, Doha, Qatar
- Neubau Fachhochschule Campus, Bielefeld, Germany
- Djamaâ el Djazaïr – Mosque of Algiers, Algiers, Algeria
- Neubau Fachhochschule - Campus Derendorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Allianz Campus, Munich, Germany
Schmidt's publications include:
- "Natur durch Kultur, von Romantik zu Organik" in: Gartenkunst und Landschaftskultur, 125 Jahre DGGL – Eine Standortbestimmung, Callwey, München / Munich 2012
- "Contemporary Landscape Architecture – Parks and Open Space, Duties and Responsibilities" in: Buhmann, Pietsch, Kretzler (Hg. / eds.): Digital Landscape Architecture 2010, Wichmann, Berlin 2010
- Buhmann, Capatti, Borg, Schmidt, Joergensen, Haase (Hg. / eds.): Landscape Architectural Proposal for Malta, Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications, Valletta, University of Applied Sciences, Anhalt, Bernburg 2009
- ”Culture and Open Space“ in: Digital Design in Landscape Architecture 2008, Wichmann, Berlin 2008
- “Villengarten St. Gilgen“ in: best private plots 08 – Die besten Gärten, private plots, Vienna, 2008
- ”Ecological Development of Parks, Case of Infineon, Munich“ in: Landscape Design, Ausgabe / Issue 28/2008
- “Bavarian National Museum, BUGA 2005, Riem Park,Villa Krantz“ in: Garden Design, Ausgabe / Issue 02/2008
- “Ecological Green Places, Campeon, Munich“ in: New International Landscape, Ausgabe / Issue 06/2008
- "Romantik im Freiraum - zeitgemäß?“ in: Gartenkunst im Städtebau, Jahrbuch der DGGL, Callwey, München / Munich 2007
- “Villa Krantz Villengarten, Munich” in: Luxury Private Gardens, teNeues, Kempen 2007
- “Villengarten St. Gilgen” in: Garden Design, teNeues, Kempen 2006
- ”BUGA 2005“ in: The Art of Landscape, Links, Berlin, 2006
- ”Palace Garden Abu Dhabi, Hafencity Hamburg” in: Architects made in China, H.K. Rihan International Culture Spread Limited, Hong Kong 2009
- “Parkcity Schwabing, Terminal 2 München“ in: John A. Flannery & Karen M. Smith (Hg. / eds.): Urban Landscape Design, teNeues, Kempen 2008