Anna Heringer


For Anna Heringer architecture is a tool to improve lives. At the age of 19 Anna spent a year in Bangladesh as development learner. Since then development-work is her passion. She established her international reputation in sustainable architecture with the construction of the METI School of Rudrapur, Bangladesh, a project she designed for her graduation thesis and carried out in 2006 together with Eike Roswag. Since then, Heringer has further developed her award-winning architectural approach based on the use of local building materials and labor in several building project in the same Bangladeshi village, as well as in her architectural teaching at the University of Arts Linz, the Stuttgart University and the Technical University in Vienna, where she obtained visiting professorships.


Anna received a number of awards such as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2007), the AR Emerging Architecture Awards (2006 and 2008), the Archiprix–Hunter Douglas Award (2006) and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2011).
Since 2010 she has been the honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture Programme. Last year she was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard`s GSD. Her work was exhibited around the world, in the MoMA in New York, the V&A Museum in London, the MAM in Sao Paulo and at the Venice Biennale among other places.



METI – Handmade School in Rudrapur

Rudrapur lies in the north of the most densely populated country on the earth. Poverty and the lack of an infrastructure drive many people from the countryside into the cities. The local NGO Dipshikha attempts to follow new paths with its development programme: the intention is to give the rural population perspectives and to help people learn about the value of the village in all its complexity. Part of this is a special school concept that instils in the children self-confidence and independence with the aim of strengthening their sense of identity.



HOMEmade - family houses in Bangladesh The HOMEmade project is sustainable for two main reasons: first, it is built with readily available, local, renewable resources – mud and bamboo. Second, it saves land for agriculture by building two-story buildings instead of single-story structures. Approximately 75% of the 147 million Bangladeshis live in villages – mainly in loam or bamboo houses. Although these traditional building materials are highly sustainable, villagers have an increasing desire to build homes out of bricks, concrete, and corrugated iron sheet (CI sheet). This trend could have a serious impact on the environment; fabrication of these materials requires a lot of energy and produces noxious emissions.