"The man who makes architecture come alive" is how UW architecture professor Hermann Pundt has been characterized. This architectural historian is winner of the 1992 Distinguished Teaching Award. "His lectures are legendary," notes Jerry V. Finrow, dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Pundt's specialties include modern German and American architecture. Among his best-known scholarly writings are Frank Lloyd Wright: Vision and Legacy and Schinkel's Berlin: A Study in Environmental Planning.
For over 20 years, Pundt has taught introductory courses in architecture with a dedication that has inspired the careers of several distinguished architects. Perhaps his most famous student is Steven Holl, an award-winning architect and Columbia University professor.
Pundt was born in Berlin in 1928. At the tender age of 16 years, he helped defend the city when the Red Army attacked in 1945. He was captured by the Soviets but managed to escape from a P.O.W. camp by crawling on his hands and knees for three days to reach the American front lines. Pundt emigrated to the U.S. in 1951 and served in the Korean War with an aerial intelligence unit of the U.S. Marines. After studying architecture and art history at the University Illinois in Urbana, he earned a doctorate from Harvard University. Pundt joined the UW faculty in 1968.