German architect Albert Speer Junior dies

Adolf Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, left, designed the stadiums for the Nuremberg rallies.

Adolf Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, left, designed the stadiums for the Nuremberg rallies.

German architect and city planner Albert Speer Junior, who spent his life in the long shadow of his Nazi father, has died aged 83.

Speer, the son of Adolf Hitler's favourite architect, also named Albert Speer, died late on Friday dpa confirmed.

Speer suffered a fall on Thursday in his Frankfurt apartment and died in hospital the following day, German tabloid Bild reported.

Speer devoted his career to environmentally-friendly city planning through means such as space minimisation and energy-efficient designs.

Born in 1934, Speer began a carpentry apprenticeship after WWII before studying architecture in Munich.

In 1964 he set up his own practice for town planning and architecture in Frankfurt which won many prizes and led to project after project.

His firm, Albert Speer & Partner, was involved with designs including the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt and the Expo 2000 in Hanover.

Speer also designed stadiums for the Qatar 2022 football World Cup and worked on projects in Saudi Arabia and Algeria.

The elder Speer, who designed Hitler's grandiose Nazi Party rally grounds in Nuremberg and also served as armaments minister under the German dictator, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after the war.

Speer's grandfather and great-grandfather were also architects.

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