The bdla Bavaria mourns the death of Gerhart Teutsch

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At the age of 88, Bavarian landscape architect Gerhart Teutsch, a long-time member of bdla, passed away on January 28, 2021.

An obituary by Hubert Wendler, landscape architect bdla

© Hubert Wendler

Gerhart Teutsch, born on 17.11.1932 in Transylvania, learned the profession of gardener in Austria. After years as an assistant in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, he studied from 1955 to 1957 at what is now the Weihenstephan University of Applied Sciences, followed by studies in painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He spent his training period (until 1961) with landscape architect Otto Valentien in Stuttgart.

From 1961 to 2003 Gerhart Teutsch worked as a freelance landscape architect in Munich and created beautiful open spaces in many places in Munich, Bavaria and abroad. He was a member of the bdla since 1962 in many functions, furthermore he was a member of the board of the DGGL Bayern-Süd for many years, a member of the Werkbund -Bayern as well as a lecturer at the FH Weihenstephan.

In 2003 Gerhart handed over his office to his colleagues Ritz and Rebmann, today the office bears the name: TRR Landschaftsarchitekten PartG mbH. The "T" at the beginning probably still stands for Teutsch and lives on like that.

Thus it has shaped many generations of students, both professionally and personally.

Many of today's renowned colleagues have had the opportunity to get to know his office and Gerhart Teutsch as former employees. They have witnessed his struggle for good design solutions and their external representation and have learned from his humane and wise way of reaching decisions. In Munich he was one of those landscape planners who cultivated and maintained contact and collegiality among each other. He was able to communicate and pass on new knowledge. For decades he led his staff and office in a very human way (sometimes he promoted the art of cooking there).... and he had a sense of humour!
He was an advocate of a holistic approach to work, which means that employees were still allowed to work on all phases of a project.

He was tireless to work on his plant knowledge. He always looked beyond his own nose, got inspiration from outside through travels from the Mediterranean and from "English gardens" and could be regarded as an accomplished expert on perennials and woody plants. During his years in the office, he not only added his unmistakable hand-drawn isometric drawings to almost all of his designs, but actually never stopped thinking and documenting with his pen.
This may already have begun during his training period (1956-1961) at LA Otto Valentien in Stuttgart and has given his way of presenting design ideas its characteristic. He still drew until the end.

Thanks to this drawing ability, he was able to win many competitions, was a sought-after planning partner among fellow architects, was also a judge in renowned competitions and was awarded the prestigious Hans Bickel Prize in 1993.

He is survived by his wife Jutta Johanna , three children and grandchildren.
We should keep him in good memory ... he was one of the very good ones.

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