Biennale Educational Programme participant
Volker Staab is an architect, founder and partner of the Staab Architekten studio, Professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. He studied architecture at the ETH Zurich. In 1991 he founded the architectural office. Staab Architekten devote themselves to a broad spectrum of building tasks, ranging from new structures sensitively inserted in urban and rural environments to conversions and reinterpretations of listed buildings. Main areas of their endeavour are planning and execution of cultural institutions, facilities for research and education centres as well as museums. Among the museum projects are the refurbishment of the Albertinum in Dresden, converting the Spandau Citadel, one of the best-preserved Renaissance fortresses in Germany to temporary exhibitions, conference and event centre, redesign of the Richard Wagner museum in Bayreuth, reorganisation and re-structuring of the the Westphalian Regional Museum of Art and Cultural History in Münster, restoration and repairs of the Neue Galerie Kassel, and converting the former Hotel Alpenrose into a new museum dedicated to the history of the Wittelsbach dynasty – Museum of the Bavarian Kings in Hohenschwangau.
Staab Architekten studio has won various architectural awards including commendation of the German Architecture Prize 2013 and Architecture Prize of the Association of German Architects (BDA) in Bavaria Category “Perfection in the Details” for the Museum of the Bavarian Kings in Hohenschwangau; Simon-Louis-du-Ry-Plakette (2013) of the Association of German Architects (BDA) in Hesse for the Neue Galerie Kassel; Commendation at the Architecture Prize of the Association of German Architects (BDA) in Saxony for refurbishment and new building for central depot of the Albertinum Dresden (2013).
On 5 October 2015 Volker Staab delivered New Museums: Historic Sites Looking for the Specific Issues lecture at the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage Museum.