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Frei Otto


Frei Otto, German architect. Recipient Thomas Jefferson medal architecture, 1974, Honda prize for architecture and nature, Honda Foundation, Toyko, 1990, Wolf prize in architecture, Wolf Foundation, Israel, 1996, Aga Khan award architecture, 1998, Praemium Imperiale (Architecture), Japan Art Association, 2006, Order of Merit, Federal Republic Germany, 2006.


Otto, Frei was born on May 31, 1925 in Siegmar, Saxony, Germany.


Diploma of Engineering, Technical University, Berlin, 1952. Education, Technical University, Berlin, 1954.


Freelance architect, inventor, author and designer, 1952—1972. Professor Washington University, St. Louis. Founder Institute Lightweight Structures University Stuttgart, 1964.

Fighter pilot, World World War II.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include Museum Modern Art, New York, 1971, Natural Design, Museum Architecture AW Schussew, Moscow, 1981, Shape finding, Villa Stuck, Munich, 1992, German Pavilion, Expo '67 Montreal, Canada, 1967, Munich Olympic Stadium, 1972, Ecological Houses, Berlin, 1990, Japanese Pavilion Roof Structure, Expo 2000 Hanover, Germany, 2000.


Member of Royal Institute British Architects (honorary Royal Gold medal 2005), American Institute Architects (honorary).