The young, successive generation
must  be constantly integrates
into the design of the future.

Gerhard Süß

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Gerhard Süß († 1.10.2001) and Holger Süß, father and son, often wonder through their home,town Chemnitz (from 1953 to 1990 Karl-Marx-Stadt). The two engineers have both witnessed the reconstruction of the city in their own way. Gerhard Süß, the former director of the Karl-Marx-Stadt district management, after the Second World War, Holger Süß, construction engineer for bridge construction, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. An experience that connects father and son.

This is the common desire to link the passion for engineering knowledge with a commitment that goes beyond the immediate professional activity. It is the desire to pass on one’s own knowledge and also to transfer responsibility to the young, successive generation and to involve them in shaping the future. It is a special concern for them to bring German and international engineering expertise together.

In 2017 Holger Süß and Hannelore Süß, the widow of Gerhard Süß, put these ideas into practice, fulfilling his father’s request to live his vision and the enthusiasm for engineering both professionally and in the form of social commitment. They founded the MSAO FUTURE FOUNDATION and commissioned the architect Ines Miersch-Süß with the foundation management, the appointment of a board of trustees and the design of projects in the sense of the founders.

The MSAO FUTURE FOUNDATION was founded on 22nd January 2017 and was approved by the tax authority as a private law charitable organisation on 15th February 2017. The MSAO FUTURE FOUNDATION is an unregulated foundation under civil law by Ms Ines Miersch-Süß and is represented by the latter in legal and business matters

Gerhard Süß

  •  24.5.1926 born in Chemnitz
  • 1941–1943 Teaching as a technical designer in the Saxonian loom factory Schönherr in Chemnitz
  • 1942–1943 Preparatory course for the admission examination at the State Engineering College of Chemnitz
  • 1943 Reich Labour Service (RAD)
  • 1944 Call-up for service
  • 1945–1946 British Prisoner of War
  • 1946–1947 Civil Engineer at the Council of the City of Chemnitz (civil engineering office)
  • 1946–1947 Preparatory course for university degree
  • 1947–1948 Architecture degree at the Dresden Technical University
  • 1948–1953 Technical clerk/district engineer at the council of the city of Chemnitz (department building) and, among other things, construction manager at the construction of the Chemnitzer Radrennbahn
  • 1953–1955 As civil engineer and specialised field manager of bridge construction, responsible for the road maintenance of the Karl-Marx-Stadt district
  • 1955 State exams as civil engineer at the Engineering School for Civil Engineering Glauchau
  • 1956–1960 Deputy Head and later Head of the Investment Construction Management Road and Bridge Construction of the Karl-Marx-Stadt district
  • 1960–1965 Director of the State Road Construction Inspectorate of the Karl-Marx-Stadt district
  • 1965–1982 Director of the Karl-Marx-Stadt district management
  • 1971 Appointment as chairman of the district committee of road engineering at the chamber of technology
  • 1973 Appointment as Senior Engineer
  • 1983–1989 As a scientific specialist at the EIBS Berlin, the carrier of research and development tasks in the road sector of the GDR
  • 1.10.2001 died in Dresden

Holger Süß

Holger Süß ws born in Chemnitz on 06.08.1968. He spent his school days here and completed his high school diploma with a language specialization. In 1988 he studied engineering at the Dresden University of Technology in Dresden. His passion is building bridges, and he has already been involved in important bridge building projects during his studies - on the construction of Elstertal Bridge Pirk, the Pleißetalbrücke Crimmitschau and the Elbe Bridge Pirna.

He started his career as a project engineer for structural planning at Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner. In 1997, he became a test engineer at the AMD Fab-30 site and has been working as a specialist for semiconductor and clean room industries in construction projects for large international companies.

Since 2009 he has been responsible for the design management of the airport in Berlin for construction engineering solutions.

Holger Süß has been married to the architect Ines Miersch-Süß since 2002. They live in Dresden and have two daughters: Patricia Süß and Goia Felicitas Süß.

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MSAO (MIERSCH-SUESS ARCHITECTURAL OFFICES) is an international architecture firm based in Dresden and Berlin. It is managed by the architect Ines Miersch-Süß (owner) and Holger Süß (CFO).

The office was re-established in 2015 and unites various engineering and architecture services with an international focus. The activities of the office can be subdivided into CULTURAL & URBAN HIGHLIGHTS, HIGHTECH INDUSTRY & RESEARCH and HIGH END MOBILITY. This includes a special knowledge and experience from 25 years of project activity in urban development and architecture, design and design management, master planning for cultural projects and design consulting for demanding projects. The following projects are among the most important and outstanding references form these years: 1st Silicon Wafer Fab Plant Kuching, AMD Fab 30 Dresden, Infineon DRAM 300 Dresden, Infineon Research Development Centre Dresden, Masterplan Dresden Castle as a museum centre of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Masterplan museum landscape Saxony 1) 1999 Dresden and 2) 2008 Masterplan central depot of the State Art Collection Dresden, the exhibition of the Mineralogical collection Freiberg, Master plan Bauhaus archive Museum of design Berlin, Central depot museums Kassel, Roche NPK, building 235 Kaiseraugst, Roche Biologics IV Penzberg, Berlin Brandenburg “Willy Brandt” airport.

The office has particular expertise in large-scale projects with complex structures, as well as in projects where a link between engineering, construction and design is required, and in innovation management.