Hans Hollein, an important Austrian architect, designer, and exhibition curator, was born in Vienna in 1934. Hans Hollein studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna until 1956 before going on to study architecture and urban planning at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and the University of California Berkeley 1960.
In 1964 Hans Hollein opened an architecture practice in Vienna and soon made a name for himself worldwide as a Postmodern architect. Important early Hans Hollein architectural projects in Vienna include the remodeled Retti candle shop (1964-65) and Schullin (1973-74), a jewelry shop. From 1972 until 1982 Hans Hollein worked on plans for the Städtisches Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach and in 1977-78 he designed the Museum for Glass and Ceramics in Teheran. In Frankfurt am Main Hans Hollein built the Museum für Moderne Kunst (1982-91).
In the 1980s, Hans Hollein designed several pieces of Postmodern furniture, including the "Schwarzenberg" desk for Memphis in 1981. Hans Hollein was a professor of architecture at the Düsseldorf Art Academy fromi 1967 until 1976 . Subsequently Hans Hollein taught industrial design and architecture at the Viennese Hochschule für angewandte Kunst between 1976 and 2002 (an institution which has been called the Universität für angewandte Kunst since 1998). From 1978 until 1990 Hans Hollein was the Austrian commissioner for the Venice art Biennale and, from 1991-2000 also for the Venice architecture Biennale. In 1996 Hans Hollein was director of the entire Venice Biennale.
In 1976 Hans Hollein conceived and realised the inaugural exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York: "MANtransFORMS". In 1985 Hans Hollein curated the exhibition "Traum und Wirklichkeit" at the Historisches Museum in Vienna.