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Al Rashid University

Client   National Centre for Architectural and
  Engineering Consultancy, Bagdad
Location   Bagdad, Iraq
Duration   1980 to 1985
Function   University campus incl. housing area and infrastructure for the
  faculties economics, arts and humanities, natural sciences,
  engineering sciences, agriculture, veterinary medicine, human
  medicine incl. teaching hospital
Figures   ‎15,000 students
GFA   ‎1,725,000 m²
Architecture and Engineering   Competition (1st prize)
  Master plan and operational
  and architectural
  development planning
  incl. infrastructure for the
  whole university
  Realisation planning for the
  whole university:
  Architectural and engineering
  services (design and
  construction drawings)
Project Management   Project management services
Management Consultancy
and Operational Planning
  Participation in the conception
  of the whole university
  Strategic consultancy
  Operational concept
  Functional and single room
  program, Operational planning
  services for the teaching hospital

In our prime

HWP was founded in 1970, created from a partnership of architects in response to the growing complexity of tasks and the resulting specialisation of services in the field of planning. This step, which was an innovation at the time, was prompted by the wish for a more efficient, multidisciplinary approach, in the hope of offering clients solutions more suited to their needs. HWP quickly became a thriving independent company.


The history of HWP is also a story of growth. From its beginnings until the present day staffing levels have risen from just 5 up to 100 employees, who now successfully handle projects running into several hundred million euros. HWP demonstrated an international approach early on in its history, and today foreign business accounts for some 20 percent of turnover, mainly in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. HWP until now has always been in a position to anticipate changes in the market and customer requirements and to develop the right strategies, which very much contributes to its success.


Over the years there has been a major change in the scope of services offered by architects in conjunction with the large-scale projects we now handle. Originally the architect acted as the contact for the client in all phases of a project, from establishing the basis of the project planning to project supervision. Against a background of continuous technical progress and the growing pressure on economic requirements, it has become necessary to increasingly split up the tasks involved, dividing them between individual players. We have seen major changes in the responsibility for planning held by architects and engineers with the absence of any clear division between planning and construction, in particular with large projects involving general contractors. This means that increasing importance is being attributed to project management, which can be relied upon to also represent the client's interests in terms of quality, time and costs.


HWP has meanwhile adopted a parallel position in anticipation of this trend. We nowadays offer specialist expertise in the fields of architecture and mechanical services, project management, management consultancy and operational planning as well as medical and laboratory engineering – and at the same time the unique capability of moulding these specialists into a team at any time and incorporating individual services to produce integrated solutions.


This ability to actively get to grips with future challenges at an early stage is the best basis for delivering optimum solutions for clients – while also securing the future of our own company at the same time. In the coming years HWP's main goal will not only involve demonstrating its engagement in the German market, but also increasingly exploiting the opportunities available abroad.

The first Jumbo jet transports passengers from New York to London.

The world falls apart for a whole generation as the Beatles split up.

The hippie movement spreads from the USA to the whole of the Western world.

The floppy disc is introduced.

HWP is founded: 5 managing directors.
The 111-metre high and five-kilometre long Assuan dam is inaugurated.

300 million spectators follow the fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali – Muhammad Ali comes out tops.

"Hot-Pants" causes a stir – many offices ban the wearing of the provocative shorts.

The first microprocessor is introduced, the Intel 4004.

HWP grows: 5 managing directors, 1 secretary, 3 technical advisors.
Fire engulfs the Queen Elisabeth which finally sinks in Hong Kong Harbour.

The chess genius Bobby Fischer is the victor of the weeks-long tournament against Boris W. Spassky.

Wernher von Braun predicts that the moon will be colonised by the year 2000.

The first liquid crystal display comes onto the market.

HWP takes on the planning for the operation and construction of the Rhineland Regional Clinic in Bonn.
Europe and Asia Minor are linked by the 1074-metre long Bosporus Bridge.

The oil crisis brings the apparently unbroken cycle of economic growth to an abrupt end.

"The Last Tango in Paris“ - Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider and Bernardo Bertolucci are charged with indecency.

Xerox Parc and Alan Kay develop the precursor to the PC.

HWP plans and constructs the first data centre in Schleswig-Holstein.
Streaking is all the rage: the trick being to streak naked through public places without being caught.

Mount Etna erupts again and spews volcanic rock 500 metres up into the sky.

The graffiti produced by the New York youth also catches on in Europe.

Steven Jobs and Stephen Wozniak set about building a computer in a garage.

Georg Leber advises HWP to hide the Bundeswehr University behind poplar trees.
After its closure during the “Six Day War” the Suez Canal is reopened to accept shipping.

A teacher commits a knife attack on the famous painting “Night watch” by Rembrandt.

The US-space ship "Apollo 18" and the Soviet "Soyuz 19" dock in orbit.

IBM launches the first laser printer.

HWP recommends the regional government of Hess never to erect clinics on a greenfield site (not even in Gießen).
Wearing a seat belt in cars and small commercial vehicles becomes obligatory in Germany.

Two “Concorde” super sonic jets begin scheduled flights from London and Paris.

In Germany the first McDonalds’ opens in Hamburg – everybody goes for fast-food in a big way.

The Cray 1 Supercomputer makes its appearance.

HWP opens the Bundeswehr University in Hamburg and another one in Munich.
On the day of Elvis Presley’s death, production lines come to a standstill in the USA, telephone networks and fans collapse.

Provocation and negation of the existing order is the slogan of the new punk generation.

Taking four years of construction, the "Centre Beaubourg" in Paris replaces the legendary Halles.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft.

HWP not only goes to Hess and North Rhine Westphalia but also to the desert.
Reinhold Messmer and Peter Habeler conquer the 8,848 metre high Mount Everest without oxygen equipment.

Louise, the first baby produced "in vitro", is born in Britain.

A Pole and a Bulgarian demand one million for the stolen remains of Charlie Chaplin.

Wordstar, the first text processing system is launched.

HWP finds its place in the sun in Riyadh (Diplomatic Quarter), in Jeddah (Referral Hospital), in Sana (Al Thawra Hospital) and in Rasht (Guilan University).
Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady”, becomes the first prime minister in Britain’s history.

The “jogging” craze also catches on in a big way in Germany. Old, young, fat or thin puff their way through the countryside.

Bryan Allan crosses the English Channel in a muscle-driven aircraft built by Paul MacCready.

Sony launches the first Walkman.

HWP builds Sonopress.
Japan becomes the top car importer worldwide.

Germany’s first Oscar since 1929 is awarded to Volker Schlöndorff for "The Tin Drum“.

The evenings are longer, the alarm clock goes off earlier – summer time is reintroduced.

Microsoft cannot imagine any application that would need more than 1 megabyte of RAM.

HWP plans – initially in parallel – a university for 15,000 students and a city for 30,000 inhabitants (1st prize in an international competition).
The British heir to the throne, Prince Charles marries the twenty-year-old Lady Diana Spencer.

In Mexico the 20-millionth Beatle car rolls off the production line.

The “Space Shuttle” pioneers the recycling era in space travel.

A 300 MB hard disc costs still “only” $15,000.

HWP buys its first computer (Compaq).
Population explosion: China has now more than one billion inhabitants.

Helmut Kohl becomes German chancellor. The change of government goes down in the annals as the “Wende” (the new way).

"E.T." the Extra Terrestrial, breaks all cinema records.

The first commercial Email services make their appearance.

It’s all go at HWP: Mondays at 14:30 h exercises in the workplace, 17:00 -18:00 h exercises in the main conference room, Tuesdays 18:00-20:00 h it’s ball games in the gymnasium on level 1, Thursday 17:30 - 21:00 h men’s fitness training club: table tennis in the ballet hall, use of the keep-fit course, the opportunity to acquire the German sports badge.
Swatch watches are all the rage. Fans can hardly wait for the new collection.

Bio products make more and more of an impact. Health shops shoot up everywhere.

Bjorn Borg, the most successful tennis player of all time, retires.

Apple presents "Lisa", the first computer mouse.

HWP organises its 13th ski trip and the commissioning of the Clinic of the Philipps University in Marburg.
The year does not turn out as ominous as George Orwell’s foreboding book “1984”.

Printers go on strike in many cities in Germany - readers have to go without newspapers for days.

Donald Duck, the world famous duck created by Walt Disney, celebrates his 50th birthday.

Sony and Philips launch the compact disc.

HWP announces the establishment of its subsidiary CPS in Cologne and introduces CAD.

A new media era begins: Sat 1 broadcasts its programmes via satellite.<br><br>

The world gasps at pictures taken of the “Titanic” 3,600 metres under the sea.<br><br>

The Japanese old-age pensioner, Shigechiyo Izumi, celebrates his 120th birthday.<br><br>

Microsoft launches the Windows operating system.<br><br>

HWP expands its service scope: medical and laboratory equipment planning.
73 seconds after its launch, the space shuttle Challenger explodes 16,000 metres above the ground.

“Cats” is premiered in Germany. The musical is a knockout success with the general public.

In his New Year address Helmut Kohl wishes a “peaceful 1986” and makes millions of TV viewers suspicious.

The Internet is made possible for everybody by the networking of five computer centres.

HWP plans and builds for the industrial and commercial sector; Karstadt AG receives the German Logistics Award for the goods distributions centre in Unna.
The British Education Minister abolishes corporal punishment in schools.

The 19-year-old Mathias Rust penetrates Soviet airspace and lands in Red Square in Moscow.

The painting “Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh is auctioned for DM 72.5 million.

The number of Internet providers already exceeds 10,000.

HWP reacts swiftly and engages Mr. Andrzej Klimczyk (Personal-No. 11880).
In Seoul the dressage rider Reiner Klimke wins Olympic gold for the sixth time.

In the USA a gene-manipulated mouse is patented for the first time.

The eleven-year-old Thomas Gregory swims the English Channel in 11 hours and 45 minutes.

For the first time articles appear about the year 2000 problem.

HWP creates the first digital space book. During the development planning of the hospital in Kempten HWP is called upon to attain its objectives by at least 100 per cent.
The Berlin Wall comes down! Pictures of the open border between the two halves of Berlin move the world.

Flying on holiday becomes normal – airspace is slowly becoming crowded.

“Bungee Jumping” - more and more Germans catch the free fall bug.

The Intel 80486-Chip has over one million transistors and a mathematic coprocessor.

As early as 1991 HWP carries out development plans in the regions of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Thuringia and Saxony.

For the first time the three tenors Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo perform together on stage.

The advertising strategists launch “light” versions of cigarettes, beverages and foods.

Claudia Schiffer conquers the world. The super model adorns all the front covers.

Tim Berners-Lee invents HTML, the Hyper Text Markup Language.

HWP battles against 30 competitors from 11 countries and wins the contract for the development plan for Nuevo Hospital de Oviedo in Astoria/Spain. HWP wins the first prize in the international competition for the hospital in Leiria/Portugal. HWP forgets to celebrate its 20th  birthday.
Hamburg-Munich in 7 hours: German Federal Railways introduces the high-speed train, the ICE.

"Ötzi", the frozen stone-age man is discovered and becomes the oldest media star in the world.

After forty years of research an Australian biotech company manages to breed a blue rose.

Graphics and video compression formats such as JPEG and Quick Time are launched.

HWP is “à la mode”: Mode-North, Mode-West, Mode-East, all regional centres for Karstadt. Better late than never, HWP belatedly celebrates in the Kursaal Bad Cannstatt.
Marlene Dietrich, the great star, dies in Paris at the age of ninety.

A giant mushroom emerges in 150,000 m² of forest in American Michigan and is reputed to weigh over 100 tonnes.

No woman’s legs, whether slim or plump, can be seen without leggings this year.

The World Wide Web comes online.

HWP gets to know Pongo and gives itself a facelift: The “Asparagus“ is born.
The USA ends “Starwars” – space is no longer included in the defence system.

"Jurassic Park": computer-generated dinosaurs dominate the cinema screens.

Energy drinks such as "Red Bull" provide power and boost sales figures.

The first laptops with integral CD-ROM appear on the market.

Its work finally completed, HWP departs by two double-decker buses, an aircraft, three train carriages, twelve four-seater cars and K’s laptop to Arosa – for a skiing trip.
The German fans cheer: "Schumi" becomes the first German Formula 1World Champion.

The Euro tunnel is opened. Great Britain is no longer an island.

Anybody who wants to be “in” needs to be pierced. Nose, lips, tongues, navel and more are pierced.

New 28.8 Kbps modems make 14.4 models look a bit tame.

HWP is “in”. Hamburg – the regional office becomes a subsidiary and the centre of molecular neurobiology is under construction.
The prototype of the Airbus A 319 takes off on its maiden flight.

Christo veils the Reichstag in 100,000 m² of polypropylene material and 15,600 m of rope.

More than a million Germans whiz along the streets on inline skates.

With “Java”, Sun enables platform-independent programming.

HWP not only builds the airport building for the Airbus A 321 in Hamburg but also the Sana Clinic for Heart Surgery in Stuttgart and the logistics centre for the Telekom in Rottenburg and Oschatz.
"La Fenice", Vienna’s opera house, burns down. Enrico Caruso and Maria Callas both performed here.

The bikini celebrates its 50th birthday.

The triangular patches of material were invented by the mechanical engineer Louis Réard.

The female gorilla “Binti” in Chicago Zoo takes a boy who had been knocked unconscious after falling into the gorilla’s enclosure to the zookeeper.

Intel brings a 200 Mhz processor onto the market.

HWP celebrates its forgotten 25th anniversary: “bringing light into the black box – the history of intransparency”.
Hong Kong returns to China. The contractual pact with Great Britain runs its course after 95 years.

A solar-driven six-wheel robot crawls under the surface of mars.

A German wine connoisseur pays DM 153,000 for a crate of Château Mouton Rothschild, 1945.

IBM's "Deep Blue" beats the chess strategist Garry Kasparov.

HWP goes online and employs the gourmet cook Stefan Gekeler.
The year is marked by gigantic corporate mergers – one of them is the Deutsche Bank AG with the Bankers Trust Corporation.

The Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair turns into a global media spectacle.

After 748 years a genetic analysis is conducted on Friedrich II in the Cathedral of Palermo.

Apple brings a new design object in the form of the iMac onto the market.

HWP cooperates with nine partners in future-orientated markets and even advises the Swiss.
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones circumnavigate the globe non-stop in the balloon Orbiter 3.

"Nessie", the Loch Ness monster, is now being sought out in the swamps of the Congo – there it is called Mokele Mbmebe.

Nike’s shares fall -- Michael Jordan, the best basketball player of all time, retires.

Motorola's G4+ totals 33 million transistors and achieves a cycle rate of 700 MHz.

HWP is also gaining popularity: Stuttgart - Ludwigsburg - Bietigheim - Heilbronn - Löwenstein - Ulm.
Thirty years of HWP and a new millennium!

Both financially as well as in spirit - HWP remains an independent company!
Twelve years after its closure due to the risk of collapse, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is reopened to the general public.

On 11th September two Boeing 767s are crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center, which catch fire and collapse.

Ferrari President Luca die Montezemolo offers Schumi a contract that runs until his retirement age: “at 82, hower, is enough”.

30 years ago Intel launched a novel component: the “Chip” – which contained the computational and control system of a simple computer.

This year saw a significant increase in the number of personnel at HWP, “a hectic level of project activity” would be a fitting phrase.
Chaos in the purse: the euro banknotes and coins are introduced in twelve of the member states of the European Union on the 1st of January.

The world’s population will soon have more old people than young ones. One in ten of the earth’s inhabitants is now 60 years of age and older.

The MoMa in New York is being closed down due to acute lack of space. The Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi is responsible for the new museum building.

Digital cameras superseded traditional cameras in standard small image photography. They can now achieve a resolution of 5 million pixels.

This year HWP expands its activities to include China where it gains 3rd place in the competition for the Peking Olympics 2008.
While the new deposit introduced on returnable tin cans divides opinions, the film "Good bye, Lenin" brings together east and west in Germany's cinemas.

"Old Europe" becomes Germany's Word of the Year for 2003.

Deaths from the hot weather and top-quality wines – the downside and upside of Europe's summer of a century, with record temperatures of over 40 °C in Germany.

Johannes Heesters celebrates his 100th birthday while Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, makes an exit.

The Pisa Study haunts the country, but the new academic standards introduced in German schools will hopefully banish it.

With production number 21 529 464 manufacture of the VW Beetle, a legend for generations, comes to an end in Puebla, Mexico.

Concorde flies from New York to Paris for the very last time.

HWP has an eye to the future and founds an employee shareholding company.
"Spirit" and "Opportunity" land on Mars and transmit sensational images to Earth. Including pictures showing the existence of water on our neighbouring planet.

Never mind Pisa - a 17-year-old college student from Lower Saxony keeps the world in suspense, infecting millions of computers all over the globe with his Sasser worm.

A surprise to everyone: With the 50th anniversary of the "Miracle of Bern" the Greek national football team under Otto Rehagel becomes European Champion.

Elfriede Jellinek is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Picasso's "Boy with Pipe" is auctioned at Sotheby's for the record sum of 104,168 million US dollars.

The first "Artflap" for the anonymous return of stolen works of art is set up in Vienna.

Another ten countries join the European Union in the framework of EU expansion to the east.

HWP is awarded 1st Prize in the competition "Diagnostic-Internal-Neurological Centre of the University Hospital Carl-Gustav-Carus at the Technical University of Dresden".
At the beginning of the year true fans of the German soap opera "Lindenstraße" are glued to the screen for the 1000th episode.

A boxing legend is borne to the grave, mourned by many: Max Schmeling died a few months before his hundredth birthday.

"We are Pope" – so ran the headline in the "Bild" newspaper following the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who has henceforth been known as Pope Benedict XVI.

We are also Bundeskanzlerin – Dr. Angela Merkel is elected Germany's first woman chancellor by the Bundestag.

The German spelling reform officially comes into force, by no means putting an end to the heated debate surrounding this topic.

The Germanic Limes, the Roman frontier wall linking Europe, makes the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Thousands of people gathered at a ceremony to see Dresden's rebuilt Frauenkirche handed over at a consecration service.

German romanticism suffers a blow when the cliff of the "Wissower Klinken", a tourist attraction on the chalk coastline of Rügen, plunges into the Baltic Sea as a result of erosion.

HWP has its eyes firmly on the future and is awarded a pioneering research contract from the foundation Robert-Bosch-Stiftung: a study into the "Future for the Hospital".
2006 gives Germany a magical summer: The national football team plays its way into the hearts of the German people. For the first time they give full expression to their feelings of national pride, revelling on fan festivals in the colours of black, red and gold. The world is amazed at their laid-back attitude. "Stuttgart is much nicer than Berlin," is the general verdict when the German team wins the 3rd place.

Brown bear JJ1, aka "Problem Bear" Bruno, becomes a political issue, with even the New York Times reporting about him – unfortunately he does not survive the rumpus.

A year of Mozart's music: The world celebrates the 250th birthday of its greatest musical genius.

Queen Elizabeth, Europe's longest serving head of state, celebrates her 80th birthday.

Germany luxuriates in the warmest and sunniest November since records began.

Top racing driver Michael Schumacher becomes vice world champion in Formula 1, so ending his unique career on a high note.

Someone else who made a sensational exit was El Máximo Líder Fidel Castro, who, after ruling Cuba for almost 50 years, hands over his official duties to his brother Raúl on health reasons .

HWP is flourishing, advising the Ministry of Higher Education of the Arab Republic of Egypt on key questions of higher education planning in the country.

Hurricane Kyrill sweeps over Europe, tearing down a 2-ton beam at Berlin's impressive new railway station.

The European Union turns 50, and Berlin's polar bear Knut celebrates his first birthday – with the latter event provoking almost more delight throughout the world.

The topic of the year is climate change. Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for raising awareness of this issue.

"Climate crisis" becomes the Word of the Year, with politicians focusing greater attention on this question – something that is set to preoccupy us in the future.

Great rejoicing in Hollywood: The German film "The Lives of Others", which deals with the Stasi, East Germany's secret police, wins an Oscar.

Great rejoicing in Germany: Not only the handball team become world champions, but also the women's football team. It could be done after all.

There is also great rejoicing at HWP in August 2007 when it wins 1st Prize for outstanding architectural design for the Dongguan Kanghua Hospital, a complex with a total gross floor area of approx. 300,000 m2 and 2,000 beds in the city of Dongguan. Every day up to 40 operations are carried out and 10,000 outpatients treated.

In autumn HWP launched a new internal communication platform, the so-called "Spargelrunden".

voted with YES WE CAN as the charismatic Barack Obama convinced his country men and the world ….and became the sign of "Hope" during the heave FINANCIAL HIT and Economical breakdown "Depression"  The sensation remains … Barack Obama is the first African American to be voted as President of the United States of America….

HWP remains optimistic…...Investments in international locations and commenced with the planning of 5 hospitals in Libya.

Architecturally Superlative: On 17th January the Burdsch Chalifa in Dubai reached a maximum height of 828 meters making it the highest construction of the world.

Top Form: HWP employees ran the 10 km Stuttgart News Paper Marathon under the motto: "With HWP it RUNS more smoothly"

The Flue Bug: A/ H1N1 widely known as the Pig Flue….Dresdner Serum Factory from Glaxo Smith Kline Biological Industry become the focus of the media. In the planned HWP works vaccination production was full in swing.


During the World Football Championship "Paul" Germany's small octopus "Tipped the punters off correctly and became a "Star" over night. HWP delved also into the their pockets playing internal football Pools following "Pauls" prophecies.. and viewing became part of the agenda .. Employee "Live viewing in the Conference room.

A political review in the autumn of 2010….20 years after the German unification….

History to play a major role throughout the remainder of the year… not only politically speaking but also HWP internally… HWP celebrated their 40th Anniversary under the Motto "Flowers for our Friends". The Managing Directors invested engagement, incentive and their "Life Spark" into the once small business, today a corporate establishment with prominent international standing and presence at an actual count of 120 employees throughout Germany, Turkey, Egypt and Libya.