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Gropius, Walter Adolph

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Born: 1883 AD
Died: 1969 AD, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Architects

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1883 - Walter Adolph Georg Gropius is a German architect in US was born 18th of May in Berlin.

 

1908 - Employed with the firm of Peter Behrens, one of the first members of the utilitarian school.

 

1910 - Gropius left the firm of Behrens and together with fellow employee Adolf Meyer established a practice in Berlin.

 

1914 - Served as a sergeant major at the Western front during the war years.

 

1919 - Involved in the Glass Chain utopian expressionist correspondence under the pseudonym 'Mass'. Usually

more notable for his functionalist approach, the "Monument to the March Dead" indicates that expressionsism has clearly an influence on him at this time.

 

1923 - Designed one of his most famous works, door handles, now considered an icon of 20th century design.

 

1934 - Fled Germany due to the rising power of the Nazi Party, and lived and worked in Britain, at the Isokon project.

 

1937 - Moved to the United States, where his own house, the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, was influential in bringing International Modernism to the US.

 

         - Moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to teach at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and collaborate on the company-town Aluminum City Terrace project in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

 

1944 - Became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

 

1945 - Founded The Architects' Collaborative (TAC) based in Cambridge with a group of younger architects.

 

1969 - Gropius died 5th of July in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Walter Adolph Georg Gropius remembered not only by his various buildings but also by the district of Gropiusstadt in Berlin.

 

 

 


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