Martin Despang

“Practicator Martin practices what he teaches / teaches what he practices with his glocal family firm Despang Architekten searching global challenges seeking local solutions : diversity of human activity informing exemplary building type case studies generating a system of human proletarian wellbeing through people and planet friendly prototyping.”

Chris van Uffelen

Research & Creative Work

Areas of Interest

Critical Practice , Practical Critique, Coaching
Tactics and Techniques of Typology, Tectonics, Technology

Professional and Educational Experience

1994 – 2000 practicing and teaching for various architects and at a variety of universities.
Since 2000 founding principal Despang Architekten Dresden, Munich, Hannover Germany
2005 – 2010 University of Nebraska, 2010-2012 University of Arizona, 2012- present University of Hawaii


Lower Saxony, Germany since 1996, Reg. Nr. 13595

Practical Critique:

Weekly on-air internet life streamed and YouTubed broadcastings:

Think Tech Hawaii Human(e) Architecture (2016 – ongoing)

Think Tech Hawaii Urban Transcendence (2014):

Critical Practice : samples (all see linked CV):

Monograph :

“Inklusive Architektur” peer review invited prototype for monograph series, ffpublishers, Germany, 2015.


“Destination Architecture”,Phaidon Publishers UK 2017

Birkhäuser’s Building Types Online Database, Birkhäuser, Switzerland 2017

“Top 10 Amazing Kindergartens where your Children would love to go”, “design rulz” Spain 2016

“Atlas of World Architecture”, Braun Publishing, Switzerland, 2013.

“1000 x European Architecture”, Braun Publishing, Switzerland, 2012.

“Ingenuity Magazine”, 7788 Culture Publishers, China, 2011.

“1000 Tips by 100 Architects”, Rockport Publishers, USA, 2010.

“a-z architecture zone” RIHAN, Shanghai, 2010.

“Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture”, Phaidon Publishers, UK, 2008.

“The Sourcebook of Contemporary Architecture”, Collins Design, USA, 2007.


“Construction and Design Manual – Kindergartens and Childcare Facilities”, DOM Publishers, Germany 2020

“Kitas, Krippen und Kindergärten” DOM Publishers, Germany 2019

“Deutschland Büros” ,E-Book, ffpublishers, Germany, 2018

“Building Schools”, Birkhäuser, Switzerland 2015

“Building for Children”, Kohlhammer, Germany 2002

“Chalets”, Braun Publishing, Switzerland 2013

“Renovated Spaces – New Life for Old Homes”, Loft Publications, Spain 2010

“Office Design III”,Artpower, China, 2012

“Collection Offices”, Braun Publishing Switzerland 2010

“Malls and Department Stores II”,Braun Publishing, Switzerland 2013

“Malls and Department Stores I ”,Verlagshaus Braun, Germany 2008

“New Supermarket Design”,Collins Design, USA 2007

“Star Commercial Spaces” Harper Design, USA 2012

“Commercial Space” Rihan, China 2009

“Restaurant and Bar Design II” Artpower , China 2012

“Best of Coffee Shop Design”, Verlagshaus Braun, Germany 2010

“Cybercafes”, Pageone,Singapore, 2007

“Street Furniture” Braun Publishing ,Switzerland 2010

“Landscape Design/Urban Furniture”, Pageone, Singapore 2007

“Factory Design” Verlagshaus Braun, Germany 2008

“XS Big Ideas Small Buildings”,Thames&Hudson UK 2001


“Solid Wood”, Routledge,UK 2015

“Wood Houses“, Skyhorse Publishing, USA 2014

“Materials for Design II”, Princeton Architectural Press, USA 2013

“Fine Fabrics” Verlagshaus Braun, Germany 2009

“Clear Glass”, Verlagshaus Braun, Germany 2008

“Set in Stone” ,Verlagshaus Braun, Germany 2008

“Concrete Design” ,Daab Publishers, USA 2008

“Touch Wood” , Verlagshaus Braun,Germany 2008

“Pure Plastic” Verlagshaus Braun, Germany 2008

“Stone Design”, Daab Publishers, USA 2007

“Materiality for Design”, Princeton Architectural Press,USA 2006

“Timber Construction Manual”, Birkhäuser Publishers , Switzerland 2003


“New Prefab”, LOFT publications, Spain, 2009.

“1000 Details in Architecture”, LOFT Publications, Barcelona, 2009.

“Transport, Engineering and Architecture”, Laurence King Publishing, UK, 2003.

“Prefab”, LOFT Publications, Spain, 2002.


“Eco Living” Braun Publishing, Switzerland, 2013.

“World Classic Ecological Architecture”, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, China, 2012.

“1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects”, PageOne, Singapore, 2012.

“Architecture of Low Energy Consumption” International New Architecture, IFENGspace Media Co, China, 2011.

“Atlas of Ecological Architecture”, LOFT Publications, Spain, 2011.

“150 Best Eco House Ideas“, Harper Collins, USA, 2011.

“Ecological Architecture”, Verlagshaus Braun, Berlin, 2009.

“Ice Architecture”, Verlagshaus Braun, Berlin, 2008.



Arch 321 BEnvD “Intro to Environmentalism“ (2015, 2016,2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Arch 342 BEnvD “Intermediate Arch Studio B” (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020,2021)

Arch 692 DArch Elective “Treeitecture” (2013, 2014, 2016,2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)

Arch 723 DArch “Architecture Systems III: Qualitative Structural and Bioclimatic Building Performance” (2013, 2014)

Arch 725 DArch “Architecture Systems IV: Sustainability” (2013)

Arch 726 DArch “Architecture Systems V: Integration” (2012)

Arch 742 DArch “Large Buildings” Design Studio

(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

Arch 744 DArch “Comprehensive” Design Studio (2012, 2013, 2015)

Sabbatical (Spring Semester 2019)