Dr. Andreas Volwahsen was born in 1941 in Dresden, Germany, where he also grew up and went to school. His fascination for the Indian subcontinent began while studying at the Technical University of Munich in the 1960s, during which time he published his first two books; ‘Living Architecture: Islamic India’ and ‘Living Architecture: India’. In 1972 he obtained his PhD, with distinction, on the ‘Architecture of the Observatory of Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur.’ This investigation became the basis of ‘Cosmic Architecture of India: The Astronomical Monuments of Maharaja Jai Singh II’, published in 2001 by Prestel.
Following his PhD, Volwahsen went to Harvard University, where he took a master’s degree in city planning and urban design. From 1974 to 1976 he acted as a member of the board of one of Europe’s oldest economic research and consulting firms, Prognos AG, in Basel, Switzerland. Subsequently, he became the chairman of ‘Innotec Systems Analysis,’ a planning company in Berlin up until 2000. He continues to work on new projects and much of his focus remaining on India. Other major works by Volwahsen include ‘Imperial Delhi: The British Capital of the Indian Empire’ and ‘Splendours of Imperial Delhi: British Architecture in India in the 18th and 19th Centuries’. He is married with six children and lives near Munich, Germany.