Axel Schmitzberger, R.A.

​Professor, Architecture
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona​

Axel Schmitzberger is an internationally recognized and published architect. He has worked in and taught architecture, multimedia and graphic design in Austria, Taiwan and the U.S. Schmitzberger has also curated multiple exhibits about architects from his homeland of Austria, including “Resident Alien—Austrian Architects in America” at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, as well as a traveling exhibition, in collaboration with the Austrian Foreign Ministry, on Alfred Preis, the Austrian-born architect of the USS Arizona Memorial. Schmitzberger’s work on Preis, “Alfred Preis Displaced,“ was exhibited at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. The free exhibit opened last spring on the 60th anniversary of Preis’s crowning achievement. “Preis fled Nazi occupation and emigrated to Hawaii in 1939. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, he was arrested because he had a Nazi-issued passport,” Schmitzberger says. “Preis is best known for his beautiful memorial that honored those who perished during the Pearl Harbor attack.” ​

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