2. December 2022 | Magazine:

Mourning for Professor Meinhard von Gerkan

Technische Universität Braunschweig mourns the death of its long-time Professor of Building Theory, Design in Structural Engineering A, Professor Meinhard von Gerkan, who passed away in Hamburg on 30 November 2022 at the age of 87.

Meinhard von Gerkan was a graduate of the Architecture degree programme and graduated in 1964 with a diploma thesis on an air passenger terminal building in Hanover-Langenhagen under Professor Dieter Oesterlen. A year later he and his office partner Volkwin Marg, also a graduate from Braunschweig, founded gmp (Gerkan, Marg und Partner) in Hamburg, which is still operating worldwide today.

Just ten years later – in 1974 – he was appointed as successor to Professor Oesterlen to the professorship of Building Theory, Design of Structural Engineering A, which he held until 2002. The Architecture Pavilion, a design by Professor von Gerkan, was also created during this time. His successors at today’s Institute of Building Design were Rolf Schuster and Dan Schürch.

We will publish a more detailed obituary in the coming days.