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IBA 1987, New Urbanism

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"As long as man needs two arms and two legs, the scale of his body must be the measure of size for all building."
Rob Krier

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Rob Krier is a Luxembourgian sculptor, architect, urban designer and theorist. He is former professor of architecture at Vienna University of Technology, Austria. From 1993 to mid-2010 he worked in partnership with architect Christoph Kohl in a joint office based in Berlin, Germany.

He is the older brother of fellow architect Léon Krier. Both are well-known representatives of New Urbanism and New Classical Architecture.

Krier studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich from 1959 to 1964. After graduating, he worked with Oswald Mathias Ungers in Cologne and Berlin (1965–66) and Frei Otto in Berlin and Stuttgart (1967–70). From 1973 to 1975, he was an assistant in the school of architecture at the University of Stuttgart. In 1975, he was guest professor at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. From 1976 to 1998, he was professor of architecture at Vienna University of Technology. In addition, in 1996, he was a guest professor at Yale University, in the United States.

From 1976 to 1994, Krier had his own architect's office in Vienna. From 1992 until 2004, he ran a joint office with Nicolas Lebunetel in Montpellier, France. In 1993, he also founded a joint office with Christoph Kohl in Berlin, most recently incorporated as “Krier ∙ Kohl Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH”. Since June 2010, the renamed KK Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH has been backed by Rob Krier as senior advisor.

Krier first came to international attention with his 1975 book "Stadtraum", which was translated into English under the title "Urban Space" in 1979, reprinted as "Stadtraum / Urban Space" in 2005.

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