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Erik Gunnar Asplund

architect - designer (1885 -1940)

Erick Asplund was born in Stockholm in 1885. Generally considered Sweden's leading architect, Asplund began his career as a painter before he studied architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. After completing his studies, Asplund worked for the architects Tengrom, Westman and Ostberg. He rounded out his architectural education with extensive travels through Sweden and other parts of Europe.

Asplund worked alone and obtained a large amount of his work through competitions. Aside from office practice, Asplund taught at the Royal Institute of Technology and edited a Swedish architectural magazine.

By the end of the 1920's, Asplund had become a committed Modernist. In his architecture, he sought to point the way "to a new architecture and a new life". Keeping with this ideal, he became a signatory to the Acceptera manifesto of 1931. His layout for the Stockholm Exhibition in 1930 clearly indicates his modernist ideals.

During the period from 1931 until his death, Asplund moved away from Modernism and began showing a sympathy towards a stripped Nordic classicism. Asplund continued to design until his death in Stockholm in 1940.

References
Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. NA 40.I45. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. p15.