Born 1949 in Essen (Germany), Wolfgang Rang studied architecture at the Technical University of Darmstadt from 1968 to 1973, enrolled at the University of California for post-graduate studies in 1978 and returned to the US on a Fulbright scholarship in 1984. In 1981 he established an architectural practice at Frankfurt, in collaboration with Norbert Berghof and Michael Landes. Since 1993 he has taught at the University of Applied Science in Frankfurt and since 1998 he has had an architectural practice of his own “as atelier rang”.
In close conjunction with Niels Gutschow (Bhaktapur), Vladislav Kirpichev (Moscow) and Hajo Neiss (Berkeley), he established the travelling “Global School of Architecture” in 1991. In March 1995 and October 1996 he brought architecture students from Frankfurt to attend classes of the Himalayan School of Architecture (Architekturschule Himalaya) in Bhaktapur, in collaboration with Niels Gutschow, Götz Hagmüller and Erich Theophile. In September 2009, 27 students from Frankfurt came to Bhaktapur to build a tower with bricks earlier designed in Frankfurt and moulded and fired in Bhaktapur.
Wolfgang Rang has lectured worldwide, from Brazil to Moscow, his projects such as the Jordan pavilion at the Expo in Hanover 2000, the German Central Bank in Frankfurt 1990 and several housing projects in Frankfurt received awards and were exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia in 2000.
Since the 1990s, Rang has been fascinated by large-size lokta paper from Solu Khumbu. He produced large paintings on this paper measuring 20 x 10 feet, with patterns exclusively in red.