Hans has lived and worked in Philadelphia for the past sixty years. He came to the area from Vienna, Austria, as a young student and studied at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Master in Architecture degree. He opened his own Architecture Studio in 1973.
He became involved with the United German American Committee in 2002 when he met Bern Deichmann who asked him to provide him with a physical and economic feasibility study on Heurich House in Washington, DC. The Committee intended to purchase the facility, but we recommended against this action.
In 2007, he led a preliminary study for Hockemeyer Hall, an empty building shell which ended up being purchased by the GAHF to become the German-American Heritage Museum. His Architecture Studio provided pro bono services to the Foundation to design and supervise the construction of the facility when the building opened in Washington in 2010. It was an honor and pleasure to work with many distinguished Directors to complete the building.
Hans was an early “Council of 1000” member, and he has attended ten gala events honoring our “Distinguished German American of the Year” in both Washington and Philadelphia.