Obituary Wolfgang Döring

09/11/2020
  Copyright: Architekt Krieger

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Döring, 1934 -2020

The Faculty of Architecture and the Chair of Building Construction mourn the death of Wolfgang Döring. The Düsseldorf architect died on 4 November 2020 at the age of 86. He was Professor of Building Construction and Design at our faculty from 1972 to 1999.

Wolfgang Döring first studied with Hans Döllgast at the Technical University in Munich before he graduated from the Technical University in Karlsruhe in 1958 with Egon Eiermann and then became an employee in his office. In 1964, he founded his own office in Düsseldorf, which he also operated with branches in Milan, Riyadh and Istanbul for a time. Fascinated by the technical possibilities and influences of his time, he was intensively involved in both serial construction and current trends in art.

Wolfgang Döring became known as a visionary and at the same time committed architect to construction with the paradigmatic single-family house Haus Meyer-Kuckuk in Bad Honnef, the building system Formprogramm 2000 for schools, kindergartens and office buildings and the influential publication "Perspektiven einer Architektur" (Perspectives of Architecture) published by Suhrkamp in 1970.

In 1972, he accepted a call to the RWTH to the chair for building construction and design, where he taught with great commitment for more than 26 years. His teaching of building construction is just as legendary as his high standards of conceptual as well as constructive consistency and precision in the designs of his students, many of whom have become renowned architects. Wolfgang Döring held an honorary professorship at the Centro de Arte y Comunicación in Buenos Aires and was a visiting professor at the "Tokyo Institute of Technology". In 1985 he took over the planning of the renovation of the Melnikov House in Moscow.

After his retirement, Wolfgang Döring worked with passion and success in his Düsseldorf office, which he ran together with partners, as a designing and building architect.

With his death, the faculty loses a courageous, upright and highly esteemed colleague, an outstanding teacher and a great architect who always fought for architecture in an independent, combative and humorous way.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and partners. We will always keep Wolfgang Döring in honorable memory.

Hartwig Schneider