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Hannes Meyer
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18.11.1889 Basel, Switzerland
19.07.1954 Crossifiso di Savosa, Switzerland

From 1905 apprenticeship as bricklayer and stonemason and training as draughtsman and foreman in Basel. From 1909 work in Berlin, first in the architectural office Albert Froelich, then with Johann Emil Schaudt. 1912 - 1913 study trips to the Netherlands and England. 1914 - 1915 military service in Switzerland. 1916 admittance at the Kruppsche Bauverwaltung in Essen as a planner for settlements (e.g. workers' housing estate in Kiel, housing for civil servants in Essen). 1919 - 1923 independent architectural office in Basel, including planning for the Genossenschaftssiedlung Freidorf in Muttenz near Basel.

1927 appointment to Bauhaus in Dessau as head of the newly founded construction department. 1928 - 1930 director of the Bauhaus in Dessau as successor and at the suggestion of Walter Gropius, in this position reform of the structure of teaching, introduction of new technical and humanistic and scientific subjects, stronger orientation of work in workshops towards industrial specifications. 1928 - 1930: construction of the Bundesschule des Allgemeinen Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbund and expansion of the Dessau-Törten housing estate.


1930 emigration to the Soviet Union after immediate dismissal as Bauhaus director for "communist machinations", there teacher at the College of Architecture in Moscow, draft of the development plan for "Greater Moscow" and other activities. 1936 return to Switzerland. 1939 move to Mexico City after appointment by the Mexican government as director of the newly founded Institute for Urban Development and Planning in the National Polytechnic Institute. 1949 return to Switzerland, editor of architectural literature.