Interview with German Architect, Researcher & Teacher:
AUREL VON RICHTHOFEN
What made you get into architecture?
I guess it was an iterative process. Once I realized that my passion for drawing, the mindset of an engineer, the interest in humanities and the constant drive to create and design could only fit one profession - architecture - I was set to go.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on three houses in Oman, on the Arabian peninsula, right now. The houses are for different clients, but they form a series to explore the relationship of private and public (and political) space in a Modern Arabian society.
Where are you living & why?
I am living in Oman since I teach architecture at the German University of Technology in Oman. Oman is a young society, full of opportunities for architects. It’s a most beautiful country as well.
Is there anything unusual developing there?
Witnessing the Arab Spring from within, albeit from a safe vantage point, was an eye-opening experience. The transformations in the region are breathtaking. It is a truly exciting moment to be there, also for architecture.
What is your dream opportunity/ project?
I am working on a study for sustainable urbanism in Oman. I hope that the results will change our approach to urbanism not only in the Gulf, but also in Europe. Realizing an urban design project based on this research would be a dream to me.
Thank you Aurel!