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Hans Soeder
architect, art historian, professor
18.10.1891 Berlin
04.08.1962 Basel, Switzerland

1910 - 1921 study of architecture at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt with Friedrich Pützer and art history with Wilhelm Pinder as well as architecture at the Technische Hochschule München with Theodor Fischer. 1918 doctorate with a "Contribution to the History of Timber Construction". 1921 architect in Wetzlar (cemetery of honor). Participation in a high-rise building competition for the Friedrichstraße in Berlin. 1922 construction of civil servant residential buildings in Gießen. Member of the architectural association "Der Ring" and the Deutscher Werkbund.

1919 application for a management of a workshop at the Bauhaus in Weimar. 1923 - 1931 professor of architecture at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Kassel, 1923 - 1925 also its director. Regeneration of the academy with an extended range of workshops in line with the art school reform. Active as architect several times in Kassel: 1926 hexagonal wooden house for the stage designer Ewald Dülberg (intended as a prototype for serial production, but could not be serially produced for financial reasons), 1926/1927 Riedwiesen housing estate, 1928 residential house for the painter Wilhelm Michel, Schwengebergstraße 21. From 1928 member of the Darmstadt Secession. After returning to Darmstadt in 1931, designs for airports of the Zeppelin shipping company in Frankfurt am Main. 1932 - 1933 professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 1933 together with Paul Klee and Heinrich Campendonk dismissed. 1939 prohibition of profession, prohibition of participation in competitions and withdrawal of public contracts. 1944 destruction of his apartment in Darmstadt. Move to residence in Jugenheim an der Bergstraße.


1947 appointment to the Handwerker- und Kunstgewerbeschule Wiesbaden, where he became director in 1948. Development of a "Program for the Establishment of a School for Applied Arts in the City of Wiesbaden" under the name "Werk-Kunst-Schule" with the intention of making the teaching of craftsmanship the basis of artistic design, as the Bauhaus in Weimar and Bauhaus in Dessau had tried between 1919 and 1932. Occasionally the term "Werkkunstschule" was adopted by 18 other arts and crafts schools before their further development into technical colleges and art colleges from the beginning of the 1970s. Soeder's pupils in Wiesbaden included the industrial designer Dieter Rams, who repeatedly referred to his teacher's innovative teaching and training concepts in his own lectures and writings and exhibited them at documenta 3.