Volker Albus, born in 1949, studied architecture at RWTH Aachen from 1968 to 1976, and then started working as a freelance architect. In 1984, he began designing furniture and interiors. He quickly became one of the most important protagonists of new German design – and its intellectual mouthpiece. Albus curated exhibitions, including »Gefühlscollagen – Wohnen von Sinnen« (1986).
Since 1984, he has been working as a publicist: from 1984 to 2001 he regularly wrote essays in Design Report; since 2003 he has had a regular feature in the newspaper form. Brief reviews appeared in Hochparterre, the Zurich magazine for architecture and design. He has written and/or published numerous books.
Since 1994, Albus has been a professor for product design at the University for Design in Karlsruhe.
In 2001, the lamp »Downlight« was given the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award. Currently, together with Olaf Schroeder and Sabine Wald, he is working on the the project »Fußsspall total« (or »Bonkers for Soccer«), which he initiated. Volker Albus lives and works in Frankfurt and Karlsruhe.