Julius Posener

Julius Posener (* November 4, 1904 in Great light field; † 29 January 1996, Berlin) was a German architectural historian and critic, author and university professor.


Hailing from middle-class Jewish home, son of the painter Moritz Posener and a daughter of real estate developer Oppenheim, Julius Posener grew up in the Berlin Villenkolonie West-field lights. His parents were there, built as a follower of advanced architecture, a villa in an English country style, the friendly Fritz Crzellitzer had designed. This environment has Julius, deeply influenced his own words:

"I lived in Germany, the best country it was, in lights field, the best suburb of its capital, in the best house with the most beautiful gardens far and wide ... If I vorsagte me the evening before bedtime, I was satisfied with the world and the God of love very grateful. "

Posener studied architecture from 1923 to 1929 ( with Hans Poelzig ) at the Technical University Berlin. After his studies, he worked in the office of Erich Mendelsohn in Berlin, lived for a time but already in Paris. Thither he fled in 1933 after Hitler came to power. 1935 emigrated to Palestine in Poznań, 1941, he volunteered for the British Army in 1946 and received British citizenship. After the war he taught in London and from 1956 in Kuala Lumpur. In 1961 he was appointed to the Chair of Architectural History at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts ( now University of the Arts Berlin) and taught there until 1971.

Julius Posener was 1973-1976 chairman of the Deutscher Werkbund and an important mentor of the magazine ARCH.

His life Posen describes in detail in his memoirs under the title Almost as old as the century, as well as Secret memories. In Germany 1904-1933. His son is the journalist Alan Posener.

Julius Posener sat for after a gas explosion in the 1950s to a ruin dilapidated single-family and villa Pacelliallee 18 ( corner: Im Dol ) in Berlin- Dahlem and so kept one of the architectural designs of Hermann Muthesius ( 1861-1927 ) before the resignation. The reconstructed building has since been used in parts of Stanford University.



  • Beginnings of functionalism. From Arts and Crafts to the German Werkbund. In 1964.
  • Ebenezer Howard. Garden Cities of Tomorrow. The book and its history. Bauwelt foundations Volume 21, Berlin Frankfurt / M. Vienna: Ullsteinhaus, 1968
  • Hans Poelzig. In 1970.
  • From Schinkel to the Bauhaus. In 1972.
  • Berlin on the way to a new architecture from 1889 to 1918. In 1977.
  • Almost as old as the century. An Autobiography as an era paintings. From the late Empire over the short years of the republic in the time of the turbulent exile. At the end of the return in the new Berlin. Siedler, Berlin 1990, ISBN 3-88680-381-3.
  • In Germany 1945-1946. Berlin 2001.
  • Secret memories. In Germany 1904-1933. 2004, ISBN 3-88680764-9. ( translated into German by Ruth Keen )
  • Julius Posener Lectures 1, The Modern Architecture ( 1924-1933 ), archplus 48
  • Julius Posener lectures 2, The architecture of the reform ( 1900-1924 ), archplus 53
  • Julius Posener lectures 3, The Age of William II, archplus 59
  • Julius Posener lectures 4, The social and structural developments in the 19th century, archplus 63/64
  • Julius Posener lectures 5, New trends in the 18th century, The Age Schinkel, archplus 69/70