Peter Kulka Architektur



1937
born in Dresden

1954
Conclusion of bricklayer-apprenticeship

1958
Conclusion of engineer studies – Field architecture

1964
Conclusion of architecture studies at the University of Fine and Applied Arts (Hochschule für bildende und angewandte Kunst) in Berlin-Weissensee

1964
Collaboration with Hermann Henselmann, Berlin

1965
Escape from GDR

1965 - 1968
Employee at the office of Hans Scharoun, Berlin

1969
Independent architect

1970 - 1979
Partner in the architectural community of Herzog, Köpke, Kulka, Siepmann and Töpper

1979
Assumption of Office Hans Schilling

1986 - 1992
University professor at RWTH Aachen

1991
Own office in Dresden



Peter Kulka is a major German architect. His buildings in recent years have been characteristically succinct and minimalist.This started with the Sächsischer Landtag in Dresden. Since then Kulka has produced numerous works of high creative ambition. […] Alongside the Sächsischer Landtag in Dresden, Kulka’s bestknown designs include the “Haus der Stille” in the Abtei Königsmünster in Meschede,the Bosch Haus Heidehof in Stuttgart, and also the new chamber music hall and the new foyer in the Konzerthaus Berlin, Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s former Deutsches Schauspielhaus.

[Ingeborg Flagge, former Director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt, abstract of the Catalouge to the Exhibition "Peter Kulka. Minimalismus und Sinnlichkeit" at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt 2005]


The spectrum of projects and designs range from futuristic designs like the stadium Chemnitz across emblematic buildings like the new fire station in heidelberg or the Harbour Police Commissariat WSPK2 in Hamburg up to sensual Handling of building in context. As example therefore could be mentioned the Residenzschloss in Dresden, the Hygiene Museum, the Gallery of contemporary Art in Leipzig and the just completed Extension of Leopold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren.

Peter Kulka is member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin, as well as founding member of the saxonian Akademie der Künste. He was allocated by numerous Awards and Honours, amongst others the Heinrich Tessenow Medal 1996. 2006 he received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Technical University of Dresden.