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Luxembourg-born architect, Rob Krier completed his studies in 1964 at the Technische Hochschule in Munich, and subsequently worked in the offices of Oswald Mathias Ungers, and Frei Otto. By the late sixties he had built his first two independent projects: the Siemer House, Stuttgart; and the Dickes House, Luxembourg. In 1976, he moved to Vienna where he practiced and began teaching at the Technische Hochschule, becoming the head of this school two years later. Much of Krier’s practice is in the area of social housing. Contrary to most developments of this kind, where the architecture bears the stamp of industrial mass production, Krier’s masterplans have a clearly delineated public and private hierarchy, organized around generously sized urban spaces. In the early eighties, he embarked on several developments for the Internationale Bauaustellung, including the Rauchstrasse, Tiergarten, where Krier designed the masterplan and some of the buildings. Additional buildings were designed by Aldo Rossi, Hans Hollein and other architects. In Friedrichstadt, his masterplan included the reconstructed Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s façade for the Feilnerhaus on the Schinkelplatz. Other notable projects are the social housing on Breitenfurter Strasse (1982-88), the Hirschstettenerstrasse (1983-86), and the Schrankenberggasse (1983-87) in Vienna; the Quartier Saint-Germain in Amiens, France (1987-89); an apartment building in Bilbao, Spain (1990-92); and the Cité Judiciaire in Luxembourg (1991-2008).
In 1975 Krier published Stadtraum in Theorie und Praxis (Urban Space, 1979), his first and most influential book, which was strongly rooted in the rational knowledge of the traditional city, the clarity of urban morphology and building typology, including the views of Camillo Sitte and Aldo Rossi. His other book publications are On Architecture (1982); Urban Projects (1982); and the didactic treatise Architectural Composition (1988).