Gropius, Walter

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Gropius, Walter Gender: M
Walter Georg Adolph Gropius
born on 18 May 1883 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 27°03' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 15°48 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 15°29'

Walter Gropius


German-American architect, father of the Bauhaus movement. After graduation in 1907 from a German Technical University Architecture Department, he took an educational tour to Spain and then became in Assistant to Peter Behrens. In 1910 he had a private practice in Berlin. He fought for Germany in the First World War and in 1915, married Alma-Maria Mahler, former wife of composer Gustav Mahler, whom he divorced in 1920. They had a daughter Manon born in 1916.

In 1919, he was director of the grand ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts and the grand-ducal Saxon School for the Fine Arts, both of which he unified under the name "State Bauhaus in Weimar." The school was based on the principle that art "should meet the needs of society and that no distinction should be made between fine arts and practical crafts."

In 1923, he married Ilse Frank and had the first exhibition of the Weimar Bauhaus. In 1928, he resigned his directorship and resumed private practice in Berlin. He visited the United States for the first time. In 1934, because of the Nazi movement, he and his wife moved to London where he resumed a private practice for three years, along with Maxwell Fry. In 1937 he was made Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and he and his wife moved to the US. He maintained a private practice with Marcel Breuer from 1938-1941. In addition, in 1938 he was made Chairman of Harvard's Department of Architecture, a post he held until 1952. In 1946 he co-founded The Architects Collaborative (TAC) in Cambridge, MA, a firm which he headed until his death on 5 July 1969 in Boston, MA.

He was awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1956, the Grand Cross and Star of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1958, and the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 1959.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Gutkind, Erwin Anton (born 20 May 1886). Notes: Members of "The Ring of Ten"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Bartning, Otto (born 12 April 1883)
  • business associate/partner relationship with Oud, J.J.P. (born 9 February 1890). Notes: Bauhaus mate and supporter/mediator in conflicts with jury's
  • (has as) student relationship with Helm, Dörte (born 3 December 1898)
  • (has as) student relationship with Tyng, Anne (born 14 July 1920)


  • Relationship : Marriage 18 October 1915 (first marriage to Alma-Maria Mahler)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 5 October 1916 (Manon was born)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 1919 (Bauhaus)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1920 (Divorced Alma)
  • Relationship : Marriage 16 October 1923 (to Ilse Frank)
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  • Family : Change residence October 1934 (moved to London)
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  • Work : Prize 1956

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth record from Berlin City Archive.

Previously this entry had no birth time: PT quotes printed materials from Gropius House in Lincoln, MA. Starkman rectified to 20.42.56 LMT Asc 7Sag38'.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (many friends in the Arts)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (to London and then to the US)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Visual perception
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession