Wolf Mangelsdorf was born and grew up near Würzburg in Germany. He studied Architecture and Civil Engineering at Karlsruhe University, where he also worked for an architectural practice after graduation. After a research stay at Kyoto University, he moved to Britain in 1997 and became a design engineer at Anthony Hunt Associates in their Cirencester and London offices.
Since 2002 he has been with Buro Happold in London where he joined an Associate and project leader for a number of projects, including the Battersea Power Station and the Glasgow Museum of Transport. He is now a Director and Partner and leads the dynamic structures team in London, whose diverse portfolio of includes significant landmark projects with signature architects, educational buildings, specialist focus on refurbishment and conservation, and a full range from small bespoke projects to large urban regeneration schemes.
Creative thought and design is central to Wolf’s approach and this has enabled him to engineer spectacular projects including the Museum of Transport in Glasgow in Scotland and the roof to the Médiacité retail centre in Liege, Belgium. With his design led approach he plays a major role in the development of fully integrated multidisciplinary solutions both at project level and in urban design and masterplanning.
Wolf has been teaching technical studies at the AA in Diploma School since 2000 and has been a guest lecturer and tutor at a number of Universities internationally. He speaks English, Italian, French and his native German and is actively involved in many international projects.