Böhm was born into a family of architects in Offenbach, Hessen. After graduating from Technical University of Munich in 1946, he studied sculpture at a nearby fine-arts academy.
After graduating in 1947, Böhm worked for his father until the latter's death in 1955 and later taking over the firm. During this period, he also worked with the "Society for the Reconstruction of Cologne" under Rudolf Schwarz. In 1951 he travelled to New York City, where he worked for six months in the architectural firm of Cajetan Baumann. While travelling in America he met two of his greatest inspirations, German architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.
He has been considered to be both an expressionist and post-Bauhaus architect, but he prefers to define himself as an architect who creates "connections" between the past and the future, between the world of ideas and the physical world, between a building and its urban surroundings. In this vein, Böhm always envisions the colour, form, and materials of a building in relationship with its setting.
Gottfried Böhm is an architectural practice based in Offenbach, Germany.
Brandenburg, Germany, Offenbach, Germany