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De Gruyter Acquires Birkhäuser

April 24, 2012

The Berlin-based academic publisher De Gruyter signed a contract today sealing its takeover of the publishing house Birkhäuser. Alongside the acquisition of Birkhäuser's architecture and design publishing division, the takeover includes the Birkhäuser brand name, which is also recognized for its first-class STM publications.

"Our purchase of Birkhäuser has considerably expanded our range of exclusive publications in art history and neighboring fields," De Gruyter CEO Sven Fund said. "Birkhäuser's catalog, which features some 50 front-list and 2,500 back-list titles, lends a new international profile to the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, a general dictionary of artists published by De Gruyter."

Birkhäuser, a Swiss-based German-language publisher for design and architecture, declared insolvency in March of this year. Originally founded in 1879, Birkhäuser is one of the world's most renowned publishers for design and architecture, and is home to such influential authors and architects as Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Herzog & de Meuron, and Peter Zumthor.