Albert Speer's Rise To Prominence

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The rise to prominence of Albert Speer is characterised by the manipulation of relationships to advance his personal ambition. Speer’s rise to prominence was a culmination of his accent in architecture, politics and as an internationally significant figure. Albert Speer’s initial prominence came from ability to adapt his architecture to his temporal context. In 1926 traditionalist architect Heinrich Tessenow tutored Speer at the Institute of Technology Berlin. It was here; at a campus where over 60% of students voted for the Nazi Party in student union elections in 1930 that traditionalist and Nazi ideology began to influence Speer and his architecture. Joining the Nazi Party on the 1st of March 1931 as member number 474,481 and leveraging his relationship with Karl Hanke, Speer met Goebbels.…show more content…
Speer completed these projects in record time including Goebbels’ extension within two months. Speer’s timeliness and organisation became a feature of his rise to prominence. Following Speer’s impressive decorations at the May Day Rally in 1933 he was assigned the design of the 1934 Nuremburg Rally and rebuilding the Chancellor’s residence. First Architect Troost’s death in January 1934 catalysed Speer’s ascent as the unofficial first architect of Germany. Hence, fortune and opportunity significant assisted Speer’s rise. Speer’s subsequent design of the Nuremberg rally and his trademark Cathedral of Light formed the basis of Speer’s initial international prominence. On 30th of January 1937 Speer was officially commissioned as Inspector General of Buildings for the Renovation of the Federal Capital (GBI). Speer’s power grew, leaping prominent figures such as Goebbel’s as he became answerable only to Hitler for the ‘Germania’ project to refurbish Berlin and 40 “Fuhrer cities”. Speer’s successes constructing the
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