I am pleased to introduce Joerg Knuettel who worked with me throughout his entire employment at DP Architects. He started at the firm's headquarters in Singapore in July 2007 and left the firm in 2013 to return to Germany. During his tenure here, he rose to the position of Associate in July 2012.
His responsibilities as an Associate included leading a project team, performing the role of a project coordinator with clients and other consultants, and to serve as a deputy to the Project Director. He worked on numerous prominent large-scale urban planning and urban design projects in the Middle East in this capacity. He was also responsible for the schematic design for several high-density residential projects in Dubai and worked in our Dubai branch office for a year.
Over the years, his training, exposure and experience in both the urban planning and architectural milieu allowed him to develop a unique perspective towards design. Working on projects in multiple countries and different contexts, he had the opportunity to develop them from a macro urban scale right down to a fine level of detail of a building.
Joerg has a gentle personality and was well liked by his peers and subordinates alike. His strong commitment to excellence in design and his dedication to his work was recognized and lauded by all.
Joerg has been a strong asset for DP and I strongly believe that he will be a boon to any organization that he chooses to participate in. I heartily wish him the best in his future endeavours.
Hui Min Chan
Mrs. Hui Min Chan | Associate Director, DP Architects
2010 - present
2010 - present
Prof. dipl. Arch. ETH/SIA Markus Gasser | Mentor, TU Darmstadt
I know Mr Joerg Knuettel since my beginning as teaching Professor at Technical University Darmstadt ( TUD) in 2001, when he submitted several interesting projects dealing with the Asia-Pacific region to my colleagues in the department of Urban Design. Even tat that time he positively attracted our attention because of his intensive and independent way of academic working. At our area of expertise Mr. Knuettel worked on several projects which we all graded with the best score "very good" (A). Especially one project about the re-organization of pedestrian movements on Victoria Island in Hong Kong proved his ability of systematic, innovative and painstaking processing in questions of city planning on different scales.
Finally we were pleased that Mr. Knuettel prepared an independent diploma thesis at our deparment about the urban redevelopment of the former railroad property Makkasan in Bangkok. To truly value the whole achievement it should be mentioned that independent diploma theses at the school of Architecture at TUD are only commissioned to a few students after a demanding application process where the respective students has to testifiy his ability to deal with the requested topics.
His thesis was also graded with the best score 1.0 (very good) which is remarkable beacause the final year projects are graded by all professors - and in Mr. Knuettels case all 20 professors agreed about the outstanding performance of his project.
Altogether - also apparently by the cumulative grade of 1.0 - Mr. Joerg Knuettel reached the best score of his age group and is one of the most capable graduates of our faculty for years. For these reasons I am pleased writing him this without exception recommendable letter of reference.
In his projects Mr. Joerg Knuettel has continously worked on the quality and modification of his projects and by this further qualified his conceptual and design ideas. Even when his designs were high above the expected quality he detected further possibilities to improve and clarify his work and integrated them into the whole project in a short time. Also we as staff members were astonished about the efficiency and consequence he showed in the developing process of his projects.
Because of his expertise and character I highly recommend to employ Joerg Knuettel in an architectural company. Among his fellow students he is also a highly regarded workmate because of his cooperativeness. We would have liked his employment in our multidisciplinary swiss company (www.metron.ch) but he favoured an engagement in Singapore which we - referring to his biography and previous projects in the Asia-Pacific region - can truly understand.
I would be very pleased when Mr. Knuettel gets the chance to prove his abilities in a qualified office and wish him good luck in his further career.
Univ.-Prof. dipl. Arch. ETH/SIA Markus Gasser