German-American practicing architect, designer, professor, and author associated with pure and minimalist architecture, emphasizing place, space, light, and material. Trained as a mason, through master school, self-studies, traveling, and at the AA London, he is founder and principal of Hansjörg Göritz Studio GbR, represented in Germany and the US. He taught, lectured, critiqued, published, and exhibited widely, including Tokyo, Mendrisio, Trondheim, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Zurich, Yale, Weimar, New York, and Venice. Directing his Berlin studio, he is also a professor at the University of Tennessee and has served on a number of advisory boards and design juries. Major recognitions include the 1996 Baukunst award by the Academy of Arts Berlin, exhibiting at the 1996 Venice Biennale, the 2010 international Brick award, as a Prometheus Medalist, and as Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.