Prof. Hermann Kaufmann


Architectural Design and
Timber Construction

Professor emeritus since April 1, 2021



Contact Details

Visitenkarte in TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Kaufmann studied architecture at TU Innsbruck and TU Vienna. He lectured in timber construction at the Liechtensteinische Ingenieurschule – the Engineering College of Liechtenstein (1995/96). He has held the position of visiting professor at TU Graz (1998) and the University of Ljubljana (2000). Since 2002, Prof. Kaufmann has been Director of the Chair of Timber Construction at the Institute for Architectural Design and Building Technology of TUM’s Faculty of Architecture. This Chair’s teaching focuses on design using timber, with the emphasis on eco-friendly processes and the creation of a healthy environment. The key topic of interest is how wood, as a biogenous material, can help to optimize the use of resources in construction and create a healthy living environment without compromising architectural quality. Prof. Kaufmann is a member of several associations, including the Austrian Federal Chamber of Engineers and the Central Association of Austrian Architects.


  • Werkbund label (2018)
  • German Timber Construction Prize (2017)
  • German Architecture Prize (2017)
  • Schweighofer Innovation Award (2013)
  • Global Award for sustainable Architecture (2007) 

Kaufmann H, Krötsch S, Winter S: Atlas Mehrgeschossiger Holzbau. München: Detailverlag München, 2017.


Kaufmann H, Nagler F, Djahanschah S: DBU Bauband 1 Schmuttertal Gymnasium – Architektur – Pädagogik – Ressourcen. München: Detailverlag München, 2016.


Kaufmann H, Nerdinger W, Kühfuss M, Wolfertstetter D, Grdanjski M: Bauen mit Holz – Wege in die Zukunft.  München: Prestel Verlag, 2016.


Kaufmann H, Aicher F: Belebte Substanz - Umgebaute Bauernhäuser im Bregenzerwald. München: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2015.


Kaufmann H: "IZM – Illwerke Zentrum Montafon". Editor: Sauer M. München, Detailverlag, 2015.