Heinrich Hermann is adjunct faculty in Interior Architecture at RISD where in the past he held term appointments as associate professor. With Liliane Wong and Markus Berger he co-founded the Int|AR Journal (of which he co-edited the first two volumes) and continues to serve as head of its international advisory board. Before opening his own design studio in Concord, MA, in 2002, he had first practiced in his native Austria and Germany, and later as designer and senior designer with large and small firms in Boston on a wide range of project types and sizes, from residential, cultural/civic, and academic buildings, to very large mixed use facilities, including the Ritz Carleton on the Boston Commons Complex.
Hermann earned advanced degrees from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Mag Arch ’79) and Cornell (M Arch ‘82). His ‘95 PhD dissertation at Harvard focused on the poetic/spiritual in 20th-C architecture, still the focus of his research and practice. As a teacher he continues to actively explore pedagogical strategies aimed at helping students unlock their unique creative potentials.
In addition to RISD, he has taught at Montana State, Virginia Tech, Washington University in St. Louis, Roger Williams University, Northeastern University, and Harvard University, and has taught four graduate summer studios for RISD at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 2012-15 Hermann served as chair and professor of the architecture and design department at the SUNY College of Technology at Alfred (Alfred State), where he implemented their new BArch program.