Heinrich Wolff

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Heinrich Wolff is an architect working in Cape Town, South Africa. He is in practice with his wife Ilze as Wolff Architects. Their practice is developing an architecture of consequence through the mediums of design, advocacy, research, documentation and art.

Heinrich’s work has been exhibited internationally, the most significant exhibitions being the Museum of Modern Art (2010), the Venice Biennale (2006 & 2010), the Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale (2005, 2007 & 2019), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015 & 2019) and the South American Architecture Biennale – Ecuador (2008).

In 2011 Heinrich was selected as the Designer of the Future by the Wouter Mikmak Foundation (Netherlands). In 2007, he won the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Architecture. With his practice Heinrich received the Lubetkin Award in 2006 from the RIBA for the Red Location Museum of Struggle. He has won several other international and South African awards for excellence in design, most notably for public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

Heinrich has been guest professor at various institutions; IUAVenice (2013), ETH Zürich (2014-15), Washington University, St. Louis (2016) and the Goa College of Architecture (2017) as the foreign visiting Charles Correa Chair. He was an associate adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town and was an honorary research fellow at the same  institution.