Obituary – Meinhard von Gerkan (1935-2022)

The team at schlaich bergermann partner mourns the death of the co-founder of the architectural firm von Gerkan, Marg und Partner. Meinhard von Gerkan passed away in Hamburg on November 30, 2022 at the age of 87.

In 1965, Meinhard von Gerkan founded the office partnership Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp) together with Volkwin Marg. To this day, the company is considered one of the largest and internationally most influential German architectural firms.

Among the outstanding, multiple award-winning buildings bearing Meinhard von Gerkan’s signature in Germany are the Berlin-Tegel, Hamburg and Stuttgart airports, Berlin’s main train station and the Christ Pavilion for Expo 2000, which today stands in the Volkenroda monastery. Thanks in particular to Meinhard von Gerkan’s commitment, over 170 projects have been built in China to date under gmp’s leadership.

sbp and gmp have a long-standing partnership and close friendship. The collaboration began in the 1980s with the roof of the Museum of Hamburg History. Berlin Central Station, BER and Stuttgart airports, as well as stadiums in Brazil and South Africa are just a few of the many award-winning projects that have been built in cooperation with gmp architects. In China, the branches of both offices have also planned and realized a large number of exhibition halls, stadiums and cultural buildings in close cooperation.

With the death of Meinhard von Gerkan, the German architectural scene has lost one of its most influential personalities, while we have all lost a long-time companion. Our condolences go to Meinhard von Gerkan’s family and friends, as well as to all gmp employees worldwide.

In sympathies – the team of sbp