Wilhelm Viggo von Moltke (1911-1987)


von Moltke, Wilhelm Viggo

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    1911-1987
Occupation:    American architect, educator, city planner
Location (state):    PA; MA

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1961-
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) 1972

Biographical Sources

American Architects Directories:
Biographical listing in 1962 American Architects Directory
Biographical listing in 1970 American Architects Directory
Biographical information:
Contributed by Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design: A graduate of the Technische Hochschule in Berlin, Wilhelm von Moltke continued his studies with Walter Gropius in the GSD master Studio; receiving an M.Arch. degree in 1942. He practiced with Marcel Breuer and Eero Saarinen, developed his own practice as a city planner, working, most notably, as chief designer for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, 1953-1961. he was director of urban design for the Guayana Project (p.v.), 1961-1964 and in 1963 became the first director of the urban Design program at the GSD. In addition to his activities in developing the Urban Design curriculum, von Moltke was an influential lecturer and consultant.

Related Records

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file may contain membership application, Fellowship nomination, related correspondence. Contact the AIA Archives at archives@aia.org for further information.
Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design
The von Moltke Collection
The von Moltke Collection includes a broad variety of materials (drawings, plans, reports, correspondence, and memoranda) related to his student work at the GSD, his professional practice as both an architect and urban planner, and his work as an educator. There are substantial files of research materials, printed items and ephemera, and substantial files of drawings and plans (supplemented by correspondence, research files and photographs) related to the Guayana Project.