Born 1949 in Mengeringhausen (Germany), Werner Durth studied architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt and sociology in Frankfurt. He has held professorships for environmental design (1981, University in Mainz), fundamentals of modern architecture (1993, Stuttgart University) and theory of architecture (1998, University of Darmstadt).
He first came to Nepal in 1970, where he met Carl Pruscha and Niels Gutschow. He returned in March 1988 and in late November / early December 1991 with eleven art students to explore urban sites in Bhaktapur and Patan.
His ballpen drawing of Patan Darbar Square depicts the Keshav Narayan Cok and the Degutale Temple.